SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Funeral arrangements have been announced for a Savannah Police officer killed in the line of duty over the weekend.
According to the Savannah Police Department (SPD), Sgt. Kelvin Ansari will be laid to rest on Saturday, May 18.
Authorities say Ansari succumbed to injuries sustained in an officer-involved shooting Saturday, May 11. He was 50.
Ansari was a 21-year Army veteran and served SPD for nearly 11 years.
The officer and veteran leaves behind a wife, Charlotte, and four children.
The department has provided the following information on services, road closures, etc.:
Visitation *Open to the public
- Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17 from 2 to 9 p.m.
- Campbell and Sons Funeral Home (124 W. Park Ave., Savannah)
- Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.
- Calvary Baptist Temple (4625 Waters Ave., Savannah)
- Visitation at church from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to service
Motorcade *Public invited to set up along processional route
- Following Saturday’s funeral service, a motorcade will lead to Bonaventure Cemetery (330 Bonaventure Rd.)
- Procession: north on Waters Avenue to Victory Drive, east on Victory Drive to Skidaway Road then turning on 36th Street to Bonaventure Cemetery
- SPD recommends supporters be in place by 11 a.m. to avoid traffic closures on route
Visiting law enforcement agencies
If possible, please contact the Public Affairs Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of officers and vehicles who will be coming from your agency. All law enforcement wishing to attend will need to be in place at the church no later than 10 a.m.
There will be rolling road closures between 8:30 and 9 a.m. as Sgt. Ansari is taken from the funeral home to the church. The hearse will travel south on Barnard Street to Anderson Street, then east on Anderson Street to Waters Avenue then travel south to E. 63rd Street.
Following the service, which is estimated to end around noon, roads will be blocked while the procession moves from the church to the cemetery. All intersections along the route will be closed, but will be reopened as intersections are cleared. (See above for the procession route.) These closures are estimated to last about 1 hour.
There will be dedicated parking spots for elected officials, SPD officers, outside law enforcement and media on the church grounds. Overflow parking will be across the street at Memorial Hospital. Transportation from the overflow lot to the church will be provided.
Meanwhile, Savannah Mayor Eddie DeLoach has directed flags on all city property to be flown at half-staff from Wednesday, May 15, through Saturday, May 18, in Ansari’s honor.