HOOKSTOWN, Pa. — Friends and family are paying their respects to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin at a public memorial service.
The services got underway Thursday afternoon at Impact Christian Church, in Moon Township.
Due to strict military rules, Elchin's body didn't return to Beaver County for the service.
Loney Duez, Elchin's stepfather, tells the Beaver County Times that a local service was important because he had so many friends and family.
Motorcyclists of the Patriot Guard Riders escorted Elchin's family on Interstate 376 from their home to the church.
Several fire departments were stationed along the route, displaying U.S. flags in tribute.
Elchin will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.