Deceased Marietta firefighter returns to Georgia, memorial services next week

- The body of an off-duty firefighter from Marietta, who was killed during a tragic wreck in California late Monday night, returned to Georgia Saturday morning, with a procession leaving from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 9 a.m.

Ron Herens, Dillon Guest and Doug Blanchard were on vacation when the car they were driving in was struck by a suspected DUI driver in the Venice area of Los Angeles, according to the Marietta Fire Department.

Authorities said Herens died at the scene. His fellow firefighters, Guest and Blanchard, were taken to UCLA Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.

MORE: Marietta firefighter killed, 2 injured in violent L.A. crash

The procession on Saturday traveled north on I-75, west on Windy Hill Road, to Macland Road, and ended at the West Cobb Funeral Home.

Herens' family will receive friends on Tuesday, April 18 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Trinity Church at 4665 Macland Road in Powder Springs.

A celebration of Herens' life will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19 at Trinity Chapel in Powder Springs. He will lie in state one hour prior to the celebration service. Interment will follow at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

A procession of fire apparatus and honorary pallbearers will escort Ron to his final resting place at Cheatham Hill Memorial Park.

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