Schedule set for firefighter’s procession, memorial service


The schedule has been released for the April 2 memorial service for Pagosa Fire Protection District (PFPD) firefighter and board member Ed Ainsworth.
Ainsworth passed away on March 14 in his home.
“Firefighter Ainsworth joined the Pagosa Fire Protection District on January 1, 2011 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016 where he was Treasurer,” reads a release from the PFPD, adding, “A memorial service will be held to honor FF Ainsworth’s life and dedication to the Pagosa Fire Protection District.”
The press release states, “Prior to the memorial service, local firefighters will be accompanying FF Ainsworth’s wife, Deb, from Hood Mortuary in Durango, CO with a small procession of fire apparatus. Light refreshments will be offered after the service.”
The memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Pagosa Lakes Property Owners Association Clubhouse, located at 230 Port Ave.
A release from PFPD Chief Randy Larson explains the schedule for the procession and memorial.
At approximately 11:30 a.m., the procession will arrive in Durango to pick up Ainsworth’s cremains.
At noon, the procession will leave Durango for Pagosa Springs, with the Durango Police Department escorting the procession out of Durango.
The procession is scheduled to arrive in Bayfield at 12:40 p.m., where it will take Bayfield Parkway through town.
At roughly 1 p.m., the procession will meet members of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) at the Archuleta County line, where the ACSO will lead the procession.
The procession will later meet with the Pagosa Springs Police Department, as well.
At roughly 1:30 p.m., the procession will drive by PFPD Fire Station No. 1.
The procession is scheduled to arrive at the PLPOA Clubhouse at 1:45 p.m., with the memorial beginning at 2 p.m.
Larson added that there won’t be a procession after the memorial service.
Ainsworth’s wife, Deb Ainsworth, has requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the PFPD.