Special Procession Planned for Pilot who Died Fighting Utah Wildfire

Preparations are underway to give a fallen pilot, who grew up in Wichita Falls, a funeral that's fitting for a hero.

Forty year old Ron Chambless died Sunday when the air tanker he and another pilot were flying crashed while fighting a wildfire on the Utah / Nevada border.

His remains will arrive in Wichita Falls tomorrow and Mechell Dixon is here to tell us about the special way he'll be honored.

The Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force is teaming with Sheppard Air Force Base, firefighters and other area law enforcement officials to hold a special procession for Ron Chambless.

And that procession will go from Municipal Airport to Hampton Vaughan Funeral Home Chapel at Crestview Memorial Park.

Landmark Aviation at Municipal Airport in Wichita Falls will usher in a special flight Saturday afternoon.

The remains of 40 year old Ron Chambless will arrive on this Falcon 50 and be escorted to the funeral home in a special procession that is being coordinated by the Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force.

"We will be doing a water arch for the airplane, we will have pipe and drums out there, honor guard to receive him," says Wendy Norris, executive director for the TLDD Task Force.

There will also be Wichita Falls irefighters.

That's why these crew members spent time getting their ladder truck ready to escort Chambless' remains from the airport to the funeral home, but fire officials say another group will also honor him.

"Our honor guard is going to be involved. We'll have probably one of our ladder trucks involved. We're working with Sheppard Air Force Base. They're playing a pretty big role in this as well since he'll be flown into our airport area," says Assistant Chief Bill Weske, with the Wichita Falls Fire Department.

Here's a look at tomorrow's procession route for Ron Chambless.

His remains will be escorted down Airport Drive to I-44 South.

They'll then take a right on Rathgeber Road to Hampton Vaughan Funeral Chapel.

Visitation for Chambless is tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m.

His memorial service starts Sunday at 1 p.m.

Both services will be held at Hampton Vaughan Funeral Chapel, which is on Archer City Highway.

Coordinators tell me the procession is taking place before the funeral since Chanbless is being cremated.

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