LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (KOIN) -- The body of John Percin Jr., one of 19 Hotshot firefighters who died battling an Arizona wildfire, arrived at the Lake Oswego Fire Station Wednesday afternoon.
His body arrived at PDX Wednesday morning, then took a solemn procession from the airport to the fire station along I-205 and Highway 43.
The West Linn graduate was 24. On June 30, 19 members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots lost their lives while battling the 2,000-acre Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona.
The Portland police, Oregon State Police and Portland fire led the escort that included his parents and two members of the Oregon Fire Service who accompanied his body on its journey from Arizona.
Firefighters from as far away as Sweden attended the memorial service for Percin and the other 18 Hotshots in Arizona.
Percin's family attends a church in Lake Oswego. They contacted the Lake Oswego fire department a few days ago about holding a public memorial and serving as guards at its main station.
Firefighters stand watch over the urn with Percin's remains. They will stand there through the public memorial on Thursday.
The front of the fire station is lined with flags from a local Boy Scout troop. Percin's remains were carried in a Wildland firefighting engine to the Lake Oswego Fire Station.
Lake Oswego firefighter Gert Zoutendijk said "it's an honor to be able to help and express our feelings and help the family, show them the support."
A member of the Oregon Fire Service Honor Guard said Percin's family is "thankful for the show of support everyone has shown them here for coming home. They're looking forward to finishing off the ceremonies to bury their son and they appreciate everyone remembering their son."
The public can pay tribute to Percin at the Lake Oswego Main Fire Station Thursday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. A memorial will be held at Rolling Hills Community Church in Tualatin Saturday at 1 p.m.
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