The U.S. Honor Flag will arrive in Columbia Sunday to Honor fallen firefighter Assistant Chief Bryant Gladney, ahead of visitation and funeral services.
The flag is expected to arrive at 4:00 PM in an undisclosed location.
Gladney served the citizens of Mid-Missouri for over 30 years, and the citizens of Boone County Fire Protection District for 25 years
The U.S. Honor Flag has traveled millions of miles since 9/11 honoring fallen firefighters, police officers, first responders and members of the US Armed Forces killed in the line of duty..
On the morning of Dec. 22, Gladney was on the scene of an accident on I-70 West at mile marker 135.4 east of Columbia near Route Z. As crews were working the scene, Reports say Kevin Bunson, 64, of Kansas City, Mo, was driving a tractor-trailer traveling westbound and hit Gladney’s vehicle at high speed. Crews were able to free Gladney from his vehicle and were transported to the university hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
The flag will be guarded by officers overnight and later placed near the fallen Gladney’s casket during both visitation and the funeral services.
Visitation will be held Monday, Dececember 27 from 4 pm to 7 pm, and the funeral, with full fire service honors, will be Tuesday, December 28 at 11 am. Both events will take place at on the University of Missouri campus at the Hearnes Center on 700 E Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO.