Motorcade brings back Airman Shannon Purcell to Luzerne County

Airman Shannon Purcell returns home

Many came out to pay tribute to a local U.S. military veteran who was brought back to our area following her death in Japan earlier this month.

Several motorcycles, Forty Fort and Kingston Police escorted Airman Shannon Purcell to the Wroblewski Funeral Home early Tuesday morning.

Airman Purcell died after falling from Aha Falls while serving on active duty with the United States Air Force.

People lined Wyoming Avenue with candles and American flags to pay their respects.

Purcell, 18, went into the Air Force after graduating from Wyoming Valley West High School in 2016.

Purcell was assigned to the 18th Munitions Squadron at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.

Swoyersville Mayor Chris Concert says the borough lowered the flag to half staff to honor Purcell. "On behalf of the Borough of Swoyersville, I offer my prayers and thoughts to her family on this tragic loss of an American hero," Concert said.

Forty Fort Mayor Andy Tuzinski posted on Facebook, asking residents along the route to leave their porch lights on “as a sign of respect and comfort for the family.”

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