William “Billy” Evans Came Home To North Adams Last Night
The Motorcade bringing William "Billy" Evans Home to North Adams was met by hundreds lining the sides of Main street last night in North Adams to Pay their respect and support For Evans and His Family.
All Photos Courtesy of Nicholas Mantello.
The long procession included representatives from police departments in Adams, Cheshire, Chicopee, Clarksburg, Dalton, Lee, Otis, Pittsfield and others, including police from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, the sheriff's department and state police.
Evans was raised in North Adams and Clarksburg and was a graduate of Drury High School. He served with the U.S. Capitol Police since 2003 and was a member of the Capitol Division's First Responder's unit.
The Town of Adams is asking for everyone's patience and cooperation today as the town of Adams host the family of Officer Evans, his colleagues the United States Capitol Police, fellow law enforcement agencies and public officials.
The town will close Hoosac Street, Summer Street, and Bellevue Cemetery on Thursday, April 14, to accommodate funeral services for Officer Evans. The procession will move from St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, where a Mass will be held, to Bellevue Cemetery. Evans' father, the late Howard Evans, is buried in Bellevue.
Services for Officer Evans are private and members of the public are asked to please respect these wishes.
The community is invited to gather along Park Street in Adams starting around 1:00 p.m. to pay their respects as the funeral procession makes its way to the cemetery.
The actual time of the procession is unknown and may be closer to 1:30 pm.
Community members are invited to gather Thursday at 1 p.m. on Park Street to pay their respects to Officer William "Billy" Evans during the funeral procession.
They ask that the public that if you choose to gather on Park Street, you practice social distancing and wear a facial covering. Please bring an American flag, if possible.
Evans was killed in the line of duty on April 2nd when a driver slammed his car into a checkpoint he was guarding at the Capitol.