This information is provided with relative short notice and will not be an official PGR Mission, but, is made available for anyone who wishes to ride along with the procession. It is my understanding that it will be escorted and traffic controlled by law enforcement. If you will be participating, please be aware that there will be "air traffic" along the way, so, please stay focused and ride safely.
Fallen air tanker pilot, Marc Thor Olson, will be honored Monday morning, with a procession in northern Colorado. The procession will begin at 10:00AM at the Larimer County Coroner’s Office, 1600 Prospect Park Way, Fort Collins, with first responders transporting Mr. Olson to the Heer Funeral Home in Fort Morgan. The procession will also include an aerial tribute, with airplanes flying along the procession route throughout the process. “It’ll be pretty powerful, I’m sure,” Loveland Fire Captain Mark Lyons said. “Whenever you add an aerial show to that, whether it’s a helicopter or an airplane, it adds another element to it, for sure.” Lyons is helping plan the procession, as part of his role with the Loveland Honor Guard. He was asked to place a flag over Olson’s body at the crash site Tuesday night. “It was a little emotional,” he said. “But that’s what needed to be done, to honor him.” Lyons expects a big community turnout Monday, to honor the Air Force veteran and firefighter. “We welcome anybody that wants to come out and pay tribute,” he said. “It’s a big loss to the fire community.” The route is east on Prospect to Interstate 25 to Highway 34 to merge onto Interstate 76 to exit 75 (I-76 business loop/Platte Avenue) into Ft. Morgan. The procession concludes at Heer Funeral Home, 225 East Platte Avenue, Fort Morgan.