Officer Bashioum’s widow, Ashley, received hugs from mourners as she arrived at the Washington County Fairgrounds late Wednesday afternoon.
Jessica Harvey grew up with Ashley.
“The love Ashley and Scott obviously shared is a wonderful, amazing thing. I’m just glad she got to find that love of her life for some time,” Harvey said.
Officers from all over the country attended the celebration.
Robin Lynn, a volunteer firefighter, went to high school with Officer Bashioum and worked with him fighting fires and helping the community.
“We grew up as firefighters together. Yes, we have worked the hose together, the wrecks together side-by-side. He always had a smile on his face and said that was fun,” Lynn said.
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“Law enforcement is a family. Even if you don’t know that officer, it’s still your brother or sister and completely relate to family because he just paid the ultimate sacrifice,” Trooper Melinda Bondarenka, the public information officer with the Pennsylvania State Police Pittsburgh barracks said.
The FOP lodge in Washington County, Canonsburg Police and the Western Pennsylvania Police Benevolent Foundation sold t-shirts and decals at the celebration to raise money for the family.
“At the end of it all, this is the best you can hope for, everyone comes together and sits in a big room, has a meal, and talks about you and say I remember this and I remember that,” Lynn said.
The shirts being sold at Wednesday’s event sold out. However, if you’re still interested in purchasing one, the FOP plans to announce details on Thursday about where you can buy one.
They will be on sale at the Canonsburg Borough Building through the weekend. Shirts are $20 and decal stickers are $10.