Flags in Arlington Flying Half-Staff for Alexandria Paramedic

by ARLnow.com February 16, 2012 at 2:12 pm 3,168 8 Comments


Flags in Arlington are flying at half-staff today in honor of Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman.

Weissman died last week after falling 20-30 feet from I-395 while responding to a vehicle fire near Shirlington. Yesterday Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell authorized flags in Alexandria and Arlington to fly at half-staff in Weissman’s memory.

Family, friends, fellow firefighters and the public are mourning Weissman’s death at funeral services in Alexandria this afternoon. Some 2,000 people and 200 fire vehicles are expected to take part in the funeral procession and services, which have shut down several busy streets around the city and prompted an early dismissal from Alexandria schools.

Donations to the Joshua A. Weissman Memorial Fund can be made here.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Thank you for the link to the donation website.

    Rest in Peace Joshua.

  • Johnny Utah

    sad story RIP

  • nunya


  • The Dope of South Arlington

    Should flags be flying at all in the rain?

  • thecharlesriver

    Rest in Peace Joshua. You served your community well.

  • Arlingtonian

    Rest in peace Joshua, and thank you for your service.

  • humbled

    Mr. Weissman is a hero, and his service to his country is taken to heart by all. My thoughts are with his family.

    48 hours of leave for Alexandria firefighters, early school release, etc. This is an awesome way to honor our fallen. I’m reminded of the long motorcade in honor of another fallen officer in December. Is this a Southern thing? I’m proud to be in the South, then, as I’ve never seen this much respect for fallen police/firefighters elsewhere. I’m glad that other jurisdictions will cover the time the Alexandria forces are taking off, and I know there will be no service interruptions. I commend Arlington for shouldering the manpower and financial burdens of this selfless act.

    RIP Joshua. And amen to the poster who hopes that VDOT can help the situation that led to this tragedy, I hope the same.

    • thecharlesriver

      If you have ever attended a funeral for a cop in NYC, you would know it’s not a southern thing.


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