Welcoming home a hero

Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.
Rescue 19 glides under the flag suspended from Ladder 79, followed by riders from Warrior Watch.

Members of the fire company, along with members of Warwick Station 66, Doylestown Township PD, the Warrior Watch riders and A Hero’s Welcome, were honored to help bring home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, a Doylestown Township resident, to his home in Doylestown Hunt on June 14. The motorcade started in Warwick Township, lead by Rescue 19, and ended at the home of Ponente, complete with a flag salute from Ladder 79. Hundreds of friends and neighbors cheered his arrival home. He was given honors by the Warriors Watch and A Hero’s Welcome, and showered with hugs and high-fives. Ponente served multiple tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Welcome home LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, and thank you for your service!

 

Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.
Rescue 19 rounds the corner leading the motorcade.
Riders from Warrior Watch.
Riders from Warrior Watch.

 

Tower 66 enters the street.
Tower 66 enters the street.

 

LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.
LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC, surrounded by family and friends, greets his friends a neighbors.

 

A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.
A banner welcomes LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.

 

The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.
The neighborhood came out in force to welcome LCpl. Matthew Ponente, USMC home.