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Memorial, funeral honoring firefighter set for Monday

A public memorial for Spokane firefighter John Knighten is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at the Convention Center.

A procession to Washington State Veterans Cemetery in Medical Lake will follow. The funeral will include full firefighter and military honors.

Knighten, who died June 30 after a three-year battle with multiple myeloma, was a Marine and a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department. His death is considered in the line of duty because the state categorizes the cancer as an illness presumed to be caused by firefighting.

Spokane Falls Boulevard will be closed at 11 a.m. from Browne to Post streets.

The procession from the service to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery near Medical Lake will result in an array of additional closures.

The route will go westward from the Convention Center on Spokane Falls Boulevard and then on Riverside Avenue to Maple Street, turning south on Maple Street to Interstate 90. Those streets will all be closed during the procession, along with intersecting streets.

The closures will continue along ramps to I-90 along the procession route. Freeway drivers should be prepared for slowdowns, stopped traffic and delays about 2:30 p.m.

Access to hotels and the Convention Center parking garage will be limited to Spokane Falls Boulevard west of Division Street.

Meters along the route will be closed to parking.

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