A Staff Sergeant’s final ride home is flanked by love and thanks

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FLORENCE, Ala.--A hero finally made it home to Florence all the way from the United Kingdom.

The body of 27-year-old Staff Sergeant Hunter Davis arrived at Huntsville International Airport around 7 o'clock Monday night. From there he was guided home with honor and thanks.

From Huntsville to Florence, people parked and looked on in anticipation of the hero’s homecoming.

At 27 years young Davis, made his final journey home.

"This is extremely important,” said Athens Police Chief Floyd Johnson. “This is saying thank you to a family. Thank you to someone that is making the ultimate sacrifices serving our country. And I think it's the least we can do."

Athens Fire and Rescue proudly drapes an American flag over the procession.

Davis served our country in the United States Air Force assigned to the 352nd Special Operation Maintenance Squadron in the United Kingdom. He was a crew chief on the CV-22 Osprey Helicopter.

Now, he is led by an honor guard and admired and thanked by his fellow servicemen.

"It's very somber for the police officers and it makes the police officers feel good that he is doing something to maybe ease the pain of suffering for the family," said Johnson.

Davis died in a car wreck on June 7th.

On his journey home, he is flanked by police, community and an abundance of love and respect; making his final ride one that we pause for and say thank you. Thanks for his dedication and service. With each fold of the flag, firefighters reflect and remember the ultimate sacrifice made for our freedom.

"It makes the officers feel good that we can do something to be a part of honoring someone that served our country," added Johnson.

Visitation will be Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Greenview Funeral Home.

The funeral will follow at noon at the Greenview Memorial Chapel.