ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The two Alaska lawmen, slain in an ambush last week are being honored in Anchorage, Juneau and their hometown of Hoonah.
The remains of Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka, who grew up on Molokai, were escorted by motorcade through Anchorage yesterday to begin the final journey home.
This morning an honor guard is escorting the remains via ferry from Juneau to the small town of Hoonah, where a service will be held this afternoon.
The two officers were shot and killed as they chatted on a Hoonah street late on Aug. 28. John Marvin Jr. was arrested after a prolonged standoff with authorities. He’s been charged with two counts of first-degree murder.
A procession will escort the remains from the ferry terminal in Hoonah to the Hoonah Junior/Senior High School gymansium. The service is expected to last up to two hours.
Speakers will include Gov. Sean Parnell, friends of the officers and family members.
The memorial will also feature the first-ever visit to Alaska for the United States Honor Flag.
According to an Alaska Department of Public Safety press release, the flag was flown at Ground Zero during the recovery efforts following the 9/11 tragedy and has since traveled around the United States to honor fallen police officers and fire fighters.