Remembering Fallen Navy Service Member

Hope ZimmermanSPRINGFIELD, Ore. — A Springfield family is mourning the loss of their daughter, an active-duty member of the U.S. Navy.

The funeral was held Wednesday for Petty Officer Hope Zimmerman who was killed in a car crash in February.

The Patriot Guard Riders were there Wednesday standing outside the funeral home, holding flags. The group wants to honor fallen military heroes and first responders.

“It breaks my heart every time. They’re putting their lives on the line. She was not KIA thankfully, but she was still serving our country and it hurts when we lose one. It hurts when we lose every one of them. I hope they all come home soon,” said Chris Keller, Patriot Guard Riders.

Keller says the Patriot Guard Riders only show up to funerals if invited by the immediate family out of respect for the fallen.

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