READING, Pa. - A lengthy procession that involved dozens of law enforcement vehicles and fire trucks returned the body of Deputy Kyle Pagerly to Berks County on Thursday.
The procession left Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown shortly after 2:30 p.m. It headed west on Interstate 78 to Route 61 South into Reading.
The procession passed by a large crowd of people that gathered in front of the Berks County Courthouse and Services Center in Center City for a brief salute to the fallen deputy.
Pagerly's body was then taken over the Penn Street bridge to the Kuhn Funeral Home on Penn Avenue in West Reading.
Funeral services for Pagerly will take place at 1:00 next Wednesday afternoon at the Sovereign Center on Penn Street in downtown Reading, said Sheriff Eric Weaknecht. Parking for those wishing to attend the services will be available at the Doubletree Hotel garage on Court Street.
Pagerly, 28, was killed Wednesday night during an exchange of gunfire with a suspect authorities were attempting to arrest in Albany Township. The suspect, Matthew Connor, was also killed in the shootout.
Gov. Tom Corbett has ordered state flags at the Capitol complex in Harrisburg and in Berks County to fly at half-staff until Pagerly is laid to rest next week.
In addition to his duty as a sheriff's deputy, Pagerly also served as a volunteer firefighter with the Spring Township Fire Department. The U.S. Army veteran also served in Kosovo and Iraq.
He and his wife recently learned they were expecting their first child.
Allentown, PA 18102