Vigil held for Chariho’s Hallie Linacre

The silent procession saw ten fire departments and hundreds of participants turn out

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – A procession lead by Carolina and North Kingstown Fire departments was held Thursday in honor of Hallie Linacre.

Linacre, 20, tragically passed away in her sleep on May 8th.

Linacre was the best friend of Maddie Potts, who died of a brain aneurysm 3 years ago during a soccer game.

Around 20 fire departments along with hundreds of people joined the silent procession as Linacre’s family stood outside the funeral home.

“This is what gets a parent through this,” said Stephanie Potts, Maddie Potts’ mother, speaking on behalf of the Linacre family. “I’ve lived this. I live it everyday.”

The two girls were known as best friends, and the Chariho community is mourning once again.

“Our girls were the best of friends and the fact that everybody feels that there’s nothing else that makes sense other than they are together,” Potts said. “There’s going to be a massive void in the Chariho community all over again.”

Linacre was remembered by Potts as a ray of light.

“Compassionate, kind, hardworking. We would tease her like she was the mother of the group,” she said. “The only thing that we can control is how we live today and how we support those around us.”

For Deputy Chief John Batzinger from the North Kingstown Fire Department, the loss hits close to home for him and the rest of the firefighter community.

“Hallie’s father is the batallion chief in North Kingstown. Her brother is also a full time firefighter in Richmond Carolina,” he said.

The silent procession had emergency vehicles from all over the state passing by the funeral home with their lights on but no siren.

“Pay our respects. We couldn’t do that in a normal way because of the COVID-19 crisis,” he said.

A Celebration of Life for Linacre will be scheduled for a later date when social distancing guidelines are loosened.

In a statement from Linacre’s family, they said she was “everything a person could want their child to aspire to be” and they take comfort in knowing that she is reunited with her best friend, Maddie Potts.

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