WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Viewing services have begun for the rookie Prince William County police officer who lost her life just hours into her first shift. Officer Ashley Guindon, 28, was shot and killed Saturday on after responding to a domestic violence call.
Services for Officer Guindon are being held at Hylton Memorial Chapel, located at 14640 Potomac Mills Rd in Woodbridge. Her viewing began at 10 a.m. Tuesday and will be followed by a funeral service at 12 p.m.
Officer Guindon's funeral is open to the general public, but if there are space limitations, the department says priority will be given to her fellow law enforcement officers and government officials. Overflow areas were expected to be available outside the chapel.
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A touching tribute to the fallen young police officer lit up the night sky on Monday evening. The Prince William County Police Department paid tribute to Officer Guindon with dozens upon dozens of officers escorting her body to the funeral home where she will be remembered on Tuesday.
DONATIONS TO OFFICER GUINDON'S FAMILY:
Prince William County police have also announced they are collection donations for those who would like to help the family of Officer Guindon. Please note these donations are by main, and any online, crowdfunding pages that are set up are not able to be verified. If you'd like to donate, please use the information below instead:
Please make checks payable to "PWCPA OFC Guindon."
Mail them to:
PWC Police Association
PO Box 1845
Manassas, VA 20108
MORE ABOUT OFFICER GUINDON:
According to a biography posted by the Prince William County Police Department, Officer Ashley Marie Guindon, who is from Merrimack, New Hampshire, is the only daughter of Sharon Nowack Guindon and the late David Guindon.
Officer Guindon graduated from Merrimack High School in 2005, where she belonged to the cheerleading squad and Jr. ROTC. In 2007, Officer Guindon enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve, serving as a Field Radio Operator and in various aeronautical capacities. She earned numerous awards until her tenure ended in 2013.
Officer Guindon attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, graduating in 2011 with an undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Science. She later attended Fort Lee's Mortuary School, where she was awarded a meritorious mast for achieving the highest GPA in her class.
In 2011, Officer Guindon relocated to Virginia to pursue graduate studies. During this time, she interned with Prince William County Police Department's Forensic Services Bureau. She said at that time she wanted to be a crime scene investigator, and her experience there led her to apply to be an officer.
She graduated from the Prince William Police Criminal Justice Academy in June 2015 as a member of Session #36, but resigned for personal reasons before completing the Field Training Program. She later told friends she missed police work from the very day she left. She was rehired in February 2016 and began her Field Officer Training the evening of February 27, 2016.
The department's biography says Ashley was known as a bright, ambitious, and kind hearted "fashionista" by those who knew her best. She loved dancing, reading and traveling, and she also loved her pug, Scout.
Ashley began serving her community began long before she became an officer. She assisted the Marine Corps Mortuary Affairs Office while serving in the Reserves, worked as a pre-hire with Prince William County Police Special Victim's Unit, and volunteered extensively with the Suicide Prevention Program, a cause near to her heart.
She was 28 years old.