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 May 14, 2005
Memorial service for Detective Sergeant James L. Allen
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Chief of Police


Colonel Dean M. Esserman



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                      CONTACT: Lieutenant Tim Lee

APRIL 19, 2005                                                                                         Planning Office:243-6096




Calling hours � funeral procession  - street closings

Department also announces posthumous promotion to rank of Detective Sergeant,

Creation of James Allen Family Fund  & Media arrangements



CALLING HOURS: Wednesday, April 20, 2005

4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Nardolillo Funeral Home

1278 Park Avenue, Cranston, Rhode Island


MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Thursday, April 21, 2005

11:00 a.m.

Saint Thomas Church

65 Fruit Hill Avenue, Johnston, Rhode Island



Promotion & awards

Yesterday, effective 4 p.m., in an order issued by Colonel Dean Esserman, Detective James L. Allen was promoted posthumously to the rank of Detective Sergeant.  As a result of his exemplary valor in the performance of his duty, and his exemplary service to the community, the late Detective Sergeant James L. Allen was also awarded the Medal of Valor and Purple Heart ribbons. 


Funeral and motorcade � street closings

On Thursday, April 21, 2005, the Funeral Motorcade will depart from Nardolillo Funeral Home in Cranston at 10:15 A.M and proceed by motorcade to Saint Thomas Church in North Providence.  7,000 visiting officers are expected to take part of the ceremonies.   Streets will be closed and traffic will be diverted. The public is advised to find alternative routes for an approximate 6-hour period around the time of the motorcade, and to expect heavy traffic and delays in the area.


Depart Nardolillo Funeral Home and take left onto Park Avenue.

The motorcade will turn right onto Dyer Avenue


Continuing to where Dyer becomes Pocasset Avenue

Turning left onto Union Avenue

Then turning right onto Plainfield Street

Continuing on Plainfield Street to Duxbury Street

Straight on Duxbury Street

Then turning left onto Killingly Street

Then bearing right on Killingly Street

Then turning right onto Greenville Avenue onto Manton Avenue to Fruit Hill Avenue to Saint Thomas Church


At the conclusion of the Funeral Mass, the Funeral Motorcade will exit the Church and turn south onto Manton Avenue continuing to Greenville Avenue


Then turning left onto Killingly Street

Then turning right onto Duxbury Street continuing to Plainfield Street:


As the Funeral Motorcade arrives at Murray Street, the Motorcade will be met by the Marching Procession of Officers, who will be previously bussed to a staging area on Murray Street. The casket will then be loaded onto a caisson, and the Procession will proceed to Plainfield and Union Avenue

Then turning left on Union Avenue

Then turning right onto Pocasset Avenue continuing to Dyer Avenue

Then turning right onto Cranston Street,

Continuing on Cranston Street to the Cemetery Gates.


At the Cemetery, the Procession will proceed to an outside altar, where a ceremony will be conducted. 

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Det. Sgt. James L. Allen Family Fund

The Rhode Island State Council of Churches has established a family and scholarship assistance fund to benefit the family of the deceased Detective Sergeant James L. Allen.  Donations may be sent to the Det. Sgt. James L. Allen Family Fund in care of the RI State Council of Churches, at 225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905, or may be made at any branch office of Citizens Bank in Rhode Island.


Media arrangements

It is the family�s wishes that NO pictures be taken of the children, that only one pool video camera be allowed inside of the funeral mass at St. Thomas Church, and two pool video cameras outside.  A staging area is designated for all other photographers and reporters, at Fegatelli Memorial Square, adjacent to St. Thomas Church. Parking for media is on Woonasquatucket Ave.  There will be no pool situation at St. Ann�s Cemetery; media is asked to please stay at the back of the cemetery behind the chapel.    For information, please call Lt. Lee at 401. 243.6096.


















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