Funeral procession, service for FHP Trooper who died of COVID-19

The Florida Highway Patrol honored the life of Trooper Brian J. Pingry with a funeral procession Friday morning.

Pingry, a seven-year veteran with FHP and Lee County resident, died on Sunday from COVID-19 complications. The procession began at 8:15 a.m. at Gendron Funeral Home and ended at Next Level Church in Fort Myers.

While Pingry was an FHP trooper, his most important job was being a father and husband.

He’s the third trooper, and 40th law enforcement officer, to die from COIVD-19 since the pandemic began.

Pingry was honored with a 7-gun salute and helicopter flyover.

Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno said, “There is no difference in Patch. There’s no difference in uniform. We’re a law enforcement family and community. So today was heavy in all our hearts.”

Trooper Pingry leaves behind a wife and two children. His daughter Jessica is a sheriff’s deputy in Jacksonville.

Watch a replay of the live stream of the funeral service below.

Procession Route 

  • WB Lee Boulevard to Gunnery Road (Left Turn) *Estimated departure 8:15 a.m.
  • SB Gunnery Road to Daniels Parkway (Straight Ahead) *Estimated passing 8:20 a.m.
  • WB Daniels Parkway to Gateway Boulevard (Right Turn) *Estimated passing 8:25 a.m.
  • NB Gateway Boulevard to Next Level Church – East (Right Turn) *Estimated passing 8:30 a.m.

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