GySgt. Thomas Sullivan’s body returns home

Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan. Credit: John Sullivan

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan of Springfield is back home Friday night, more than a week after he was killed in a suspected terror attack in Tennessee.

The body of GySgt. Sullivan arrived at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Connecticut before 5:30 p.m.Friday, where he was reunited with his family. The Springfield Police Department escorted his body on Interstate 91 and then down Sumner Avenue to the Sampson’s Chapel of the Acres Funeral Home on Tinkham Road in Springfield.

Local residents lined up, waving flags and saluting, on the overpass above I-91 and along Sumner Ave. to show their support to GySgt. Sullivan and the Sullivan family.

Daniel Hill of West Springfield told 22News why he’s showed his support to a man he never met. He said: “I just wanna pay my respects. My father was a marine, so I can’t even imagine what they’re feeling. Just know that he was a hero and I wanna thank them and him and all the service that he did.”

There was an outpouring of support for GySgt. Sullivan; a son, a brother, an uncle and a dedicated marine. A true hometown hero.

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