HAMILTON, Ohio – The public is encouraged to pay last respects to Hamilton firefighter Patrick Wolterman Thursday morning.
Hamilton police say the best way is by lining the streets during the funeral procession from the Princeton Pike Church of God to Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati.
A public memorial service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at Princeton Pike Church of God, 6106 Princeton Glendale Road. The funeral procession is scheduled to leave the church about 10:30 a.m., then head down Route 4.
The procession will likely travel through Hamilton between 11 and 11:30.
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The procession will pass several fire stations including Wolterman's in Hamilton along with Fairfield, Glendale and Springdale.
WATCH LIVE coverage of Thursday's services and procession on Channel 9 and WCPO.com beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Gov. John Kasich has asked fire stations across the state to fly their flags at half-staff. Cincinnati Fire has been doing that since Monday when Wolterman, 28, died fighting a house fire in Hamilton.
A graveside service will be private. Wolterman's funeral mass Wednesday evening is also private.
Hamilton City Manager Joshua Smith said donations in support of Wolterman's family can be made at First Financial Bank. The only other approved site is the GoFundMe Page created by Landon Watts, Wolterman's cousin.
The Hamilton Fire Department says it is not soliciting funds and is warning the public to beware of scammers making random phone calls and soliciting donations on fraudulent sites.
Several fire departments are covering the Hamilton area Thursday so Hamilton firefighters can attend the services; firefighters from Cincinnati, Hanover Twp., Fairfield Twp., Liberty Twp., City of Monroe and Ross Twp. Apparatus drivers are staying behind because they are most familiar with streets and locations.
Union members said firefighters are coming from across the country and Canada to pay tribute to Wolterman.