“How do you bring that peace together?” asked Andrew Paulos as he pulled up to his brother’s funeral at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, which was packed to capacity.

McDonough, an Army specialist stationed in Kuwait, died Aug. 31, as the result of blunt-force trauma to the head from driving a truck through the gate of his family’s car in Akron.

McDonough, a 29-year-old from Allentown, was on his way to work as a firefighter in the Akron Fire Department when he was hit by a disabled Ford pickup.

His older brother, Jason, and his son, Devin, a 19-year-old North Olmsted High School freshman, drove to his home just a few blocks away to see what could be done to make improvements on their family home on Hilliard Road. They arrived on Sunday, Aug. 30.

McDonough’s family wanted to come see some improvements. There have been many. And, like many who grieve the loss of a loved one, they have been frustrated that there hasn’t been any action.

McDonough’s funeral was not the end of his father’s efforts to find a solution, but the start of others.

“How do you bring that peace together?” asked Andrew Paulos as he pulled up to his brother’s funeral at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, which was packed to capacity.

Kelli Matarese, a business development manager who lives in Lenawee County, came with her friend and mutual friend, who also had family members at the funeral.

They arrived about 9:30 a.m.

They shared a moment before taking the first of the motorcycles — though every one does.

At the funeral, the motorcycles crisscrossed the church and from one to the other as mourners were led into the church.

Those motorcycles went off to thunderous applause from many inside the church.

For a brief moment, the small number of motorcycles that lined the church remained by the door.

The five-car pileup happened shortly after the Trinity Lutheran Church bell tower went off at 12:28 p.m. Thursday.

Immediately following the bell’s ringing, firefighters in full-body masks rushed to the scene.

Without knowing what they would find, firefighters from that area that had been hardest hit by the motorcycles have been given the go-ahead to join Akron and Sylvania as a task force to repair roads in West Seneca, North Olmsted, and Eastlake.

Both cities have identified the only two available lanes on Highway 111 that have been closed, even though it has not officially been named.

“We have called it ‘dry’ right now,” said Sylvania Fire Chief Adam Walsh.

The area can now be treated to free emergency medical service treatment after North Olmsted finished a lane at 7:25 a.m. Thursday, Walsh said.

Meanwhile, the wreckage still lies in the grass.

The Jeep gone on top of the station wagon came to rest on top of a house on Tower Boulevard, filling the empty lot with debris.

It was left behind by a motorcycle that still wasn’t activated, and the truck, which had been hit by a second vehicle, was on top of the pond that forms part of the Dairyhead exit on Highway 111.

Scholarships were handed out to cover the cost of bus fare to and from West Seneca.

The address was the Family Cry Club in Lakeside Church, which is just down the road from the crash site.

The club is established to help those in need, said club president Joe Behm.

His friend and brother — Sandra Whalen — is the widower of Andrew Paulos. He and a friend who previously took care of him collected enough money to find a solution for the property to the west of Whalen’s lake home, Behm said.

Money from the club was used to begin repairs to the 46-year-old parkland area in central Lake Township that served as the site of the crash.

Read more in tomorrow’s Plain Dealer.