Law enforcement agencies from Albuquerque to Las Cruces will participate in a somber procession late Monday afternoon, Aug. 15, to bring home a fallen hero.
The body of Hatch Police Officer Jose Chavez was transported to Albuquerque for autopsy on Saturday and will be returned to Las Cruces – his hometown – on Monday afternoon in advance of funeral services scheduled for later this week. Law enforcement agencies, fire departments and other first responders all along I-25, between Albuquerque and Las Cruces, will join in the procession as the motorcade approaches their respective jurisdictions.
Residents of communities along I-25 and motorists are asked to use extreme caution if they plan on viewing the procession as it proceeds south on I-25. Motorists are asked to show their respect by safely pulling over to the right shoulder, completely off the roadway, and remaining there until the procession passes. Residents who wish to view the procession from I-25 should follow the same procedures, allowing both lanes of southbound I-25 to remain free and open for traffic at all times.
The I-25 medians – southbound or northbound – should not be used to park or stand to watch the procession. Parking or standing along the medians is extremely dangerous and against the law.
Bridges and overpasses that span I-25 should NOT be used to park or stand to view the procession.
Residents of Hatch and Las Cruces may view the procession from along the southbound shoulder of I-25 following the same safety procedures listed above.
The procession is expected to leave Albuquerque at 2 p.m. Monday. It will likely roll through Socorro at 3 p.m., through Truth or Consequences at 4 p.m., through Hatch at 4:40 p.m. and into Las Cruces at approximately 5 p.m.
These times are subject to change. The Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department will post updated information on its Facebook page when the procession begins its journey.
The procession will continue south on I-25 and will take the Lohman Avenue exit in Las Cruces to its final destination at Getz Funeral Home on Bowman Avenue.
Las Cruces area law enforcement agencies ask mourners to show their respect in a safe and honorable manner during the procession of Officer Chavez.