West Innes Street to be closed for funeral

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 2, 2009

West Innes Street from Statesville Boulevard to North Jake Alexander Boulevard will be closed from noon to 5 p.m. today for the funeral services of fallen Salisbury firefighters Justin Monroe and Victor Isler.
A joint service will take place at 2 p.m. in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Campus of Catawba College at 2300 W. Innes St.
A procession before the funeral service will start at Lyerly Funeral Home, 500 S. Main St. Including vehicles and firefighters from Salisbury Fire Department and Miller’s Ferry Fire Department, the procession will proceed north on Main Street and turn left onto Innes, ending at the chapel.
Only family and public safety personnel will park at the chapel. Handicapped parking will be available at Keppel Auditorium on the campus. All others will be directed to public parking off-site and provided shuttle service to the campus.
The parking lots off-site will be filled to capacity in this order: Food Lion, 123 Mahaley Ave.; Town Pharmacy, 1408 W. Innes St.; Milford Hills United Methodist Church, 1630 Statesville Blvd.; Salisbury Mall, 1935 Jake Alexander Blvd. W.; and Rex TV and Appliances, 2045 Statesville Blvd.
Apparatus from visiting departments will be parked on Hogan’s Valley Way off West Innes Street, the 2200 to 2300 blocks of eastbound West Innes, and the 2600 block of West Innes.
After the funeral, a motorcade will proceed west on Innes Street to Rowan Memorial Park, where Monroe will be buried, with apparatus falling into process along the way. The motorcade will proceed along Innes Street, U.S. 601, East Ridge Road and Franklin Community Center Road to the cemetery.
Procession vehicles will park along interior roads in the cemetery until it is full. Additional apparatus and vehicles will park at Franklin Baptist Church, adjacent to the park, and along Franklin Community Center Road from Franklin Baptist Church back to East Ridge Road.
Isler will be buried later in his native New York.
Due to the overwhelming attendance anticipated for the service at Omwake-Dearborn, two large screens will be made available at Keppel Auditorium. Approximately 1,450 people may view the services from Keppel. Channels 3, 9 and 14 may carry the service live at 2 p.m., in addition to the city’s webcast.