Funeral workers hope police escorts continue

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Sandra Biscotti knows what losing a loved one is like.

As the general manager of a White Chapel Greenwood-Serenity funeral home, it's her business.

However, when she and her workers found out about MPD Corporal David Brown,"everybody was amazed at what in the world happened," Biscotti said.

Brown--like so many other off-duty officers--has worked escort duty for Biscotti and her business.

"They're offering their time to actually come out and serve the communities and the families, and it's a wonderful thing that they do," Biscotti explained.

Hearse drivers tell WSFA 12 News leading a procession through city streets can be tricky--and it's good to have the help.

"It can be rather hectic, but normally the police decide on the best route to take to avoid traffic," said John Lowe, the funeral home's director.

It's a courtesy that has been available for generations.  Nevertheless, it's still a courtesy.

Authorities say they can't find any language in state or city code that even calls for this type of service.

Police won't comment on camera, but they say they're trying to figure out what the policy is--and what it should be.

Already though, cities across the country, like Seattle, Washington, have banned police funeral escorts for safety reasons.

"I know how much they endanger their lives by going through intersections and getting us safely through," Lowe said.

For now, the escorts roll on, and funeral workers can't imagine things any other way.

"It would be probably a little bit of a catastrophe [without their services]," Biscotti said.

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