Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hundreds Gather for Funeral of Slain Canonsburg Officer Bashioum Remembered for Helping People

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Hundreds Gather for Funeral of Slain Canonsburg Officer Bashioum Remembered for Helping People

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Ashley Bashioum stood inside the doorway of the church, resting a hand on the shoulder of a young boy.

Below them, separated by a flight of steps, pallbearers held the flag-draped casket of her husband, Canonsburg police Officer Scott Bashioum, who was killed while responding to a domestic violence call last week.

Though not doing the actual lifting, fellow Officer Jimmy Saieva, who was wounded during the same shooting, was listed as an honorary pallbearer.

Standing vigilantly around the casket were rows of police officers, firefighters and members of the Air Force - organizations for which Officer Bashioum, 52, had served.

"Scott always vowed to make his life as a police officer count for something, and I think it's safe to say that he has succeeded far beyond even his own dreams and expectations," Ms. Bashioum would later say during her eulogy at the Church of the Covenant in Washington, Pa. She called the many people who gathered for her husband's funeral "living proof and recognition of that success."

Pennsylvania State Police said nearly 800 police officers signed up to attend Officer Bashioum's funeral or participate in a processional for him. Some traveled from as far as Texas, Colorado, New York and Maryland. Several local fire departments also sent representatives.

Some of them sat inside the Church of the Covenant, and others waited outside in an overflow area and listened to the service via a loudspeaker.

They heard from fellow Canonsburg police Officer Matthew Tharp, who said he had known Officer Bashioum for years: Officer Bashioum enjoyed fishing and caring for his children, he said, and had served people in many ways over the years.

Officer Bashioum was in the Air Force Reserve from 1983 to 2011, retiring as a senior master sergeant and earning numerous awards along the way. He also volunteered for the Slovan/Smith Township Fire Department.

He was working for the Smith Township road department when he met his wife, and he loved it "because he felt like a little kid, and he got to play with trucks and dirt every day," she said during an emotional eulogy. …

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