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Local police head to Cape Cod to pay respects to fallen officer

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Ofc. Sean Gannon (Photo Courtesy: Facebook / Yarmouth Police) Ofc. Sean Gannon (Photo Courtesy: Facebook / Yarmouth Police)

A procession through the streets of Cape Cod was held Tuesday afternoon.

The wake for the Yarmouth police officer killed in the line of duty is underway in South Yarmouth.

Officer Sean Gannon was killed while serving an arrest warrant.

His death has rocked police officers across the state and the nation.

Thousands are expected in the town of Yarmouth to honor and remember Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty last week. 

Among those attending services on the Cape will be several police officers from western Massachusetts, who said that they wanted to be there to support their brothers and sisters in blue in the wake of this tragic loss. 

Easthampton Police Officer Andrew Beaulieu and his K-9 Gino stretch their legs before making the drive to Cape Cod. 

They, like thousands of other police officers, will make their way to Yarmouth to pay respects to Officer Sean Gannon, who was killed in the line of duty.

Gannon's K-9 Nero was injured, but is recovering. 

Easthampton Police Chief Robert Alberti told Western Mass News that it's with heavy hearts that they boarded a bus Tuesday. 

"They hit home and they are very important that we support in unity our fellow police officers," Alberti noted.

Tuesday evening, a wake will be held remembering Gannon's service.

On Wednesday, Springfield Police and Chicopee Police will also head east to show their support.

"This was an officer who was trying to protect the public, was in an attack trying to get a very dangerous suspect, and paid for his dedication with his life," said Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.

Barbieri, unfortunately, knows all too well the impact that the loss of this officer will have on the community and on those who worked alongside him. 

"It's unbelievable how a line-of-duty death impacts the department.  I saw the ripple effect here after Kevin Ambrose's death in 2012.  This is an honorable profession and the men and women are doing it in a difficult time," Barbieri added

Having attended several funerals for fallen officers, Barbieri said that it is just the beginning for this family and that they do their best in Springfield to support those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. 

"It brings home to the men and women here how fragile life is and how dangerous this job can truly be," Barbieri explained. 

Gannon's funeral Mass will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth. 

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