Mourners Ticketed During Funeral Procession For Fallen Marine
Corporal Conner Lowry was returning home.
The Marine had been killed in Afghanistan March 1st.
So as Lowry’s body was being transported from Midway Airport to the funeral home on the Southwest Side, Chicagoans pulled over the cars to allow him to pass and show respect for his service and ultimate sacrifice for our country.
However, it seems some mourner’s vehicles were issued parking tickets by insensitive ticket writers for parking illegally during their outpouring of grief during the procession according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
When word of this situation got back to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Parking Enforcement Aides were instructed to stand down immediately and then had all tickets along the route non suited (voided).
“The city recognizes these vehicles were parked temporarily under special circumstances to honor a fallen soldier,” the city Revenue Department said in a statement. “As soon as this was brought to the city’s attention, parking enforcement aides were instructed to stop immediately and complied with this directive.
“All tickets issued in the vicinity during the time of the procession have been voided. We express our sincerest condolences to the family of Corporal Conner Lowry as all of us grieve his passing.”
Good on you Mayor Emanuel.
God speed Cpl. Lowry.
Here’s the Sun-Times full story, “City orders parking aides to stop ticketing cars at Marine’s funeral.”