WEST UNION, Ohio – An army veteran and Adams County native was honored after he died last week.
Spc. Justin Richmond, 31, died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Minnesota last week.
Richmond’s remains were returned to his family in West Union on Wednesday, Jan. 10. He received an escort from The Ohio Patriot Guard Riders along with first responders and community members.
According to its website, the Ohio Patriot Guard is a diverse amalgamation of riders from across Ohio.
“We have one thing in common besides motorcycles,” their mission statement reads. “We have an unwavering respect for those who risk their very lives for America’s freedom and security.”
Richmond served in both the Iraq War and War in Afghanistan from 2017-2012. Richmond was also a Bronze Star recipient.
According to reports, Richmond died from carbon monoxide poisoning while working with the Dancing Sky Ranch, a nonprofit organization that works with veterans and disabled children to provide them with therapy.
Many community members came out to show support for Richmond, with some waving American flags.
Richmond will be laid to rest with military honors in Adams County on Saturday, Jan. 13.