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A solemn procession

One of the more solemn roles performed by the Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol happens on the rare occasion when they escort someone’s remains to a final resting place. On Feb. 11 the family and friends of Robert Kieffer, III put their loved one to rest in the Memorial Park Cemetery. Kieffer had passed away Jan. 29. Originating at the nearby Pearson Funeral Home, the procession included a number of Bethlehem police vehicles. It wound through the cemetery led by the Mounted Patrol which escorted the hearse, two in front and two behind. Kieffer’s son Robert Kieffer, IV is a sergeant on the force.

PRESS PHOTO BY DANA GRUBB The Bethlehem Police Mounted Patrol escorts the hearse bearing Robert Kieffer III's remains into Memorial Park Cemetery Feb. 11.
Deputy Police Chief Scott Meixell and Police Chief Michelle Kott join other Bethlehem police officers at the graveside service for Sergeant Robert Kieffer, IV's father, Robert Kieffer III.
The officers and their mounts wait on Madison Avenue during the burial service.