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Fallen Yarmouth police officer laid to rest

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YARMOUTH, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Police officers turned out by the thousands on Wednesday to honor one of their own.

Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon was laid to rest today on Cape Cod.

The 32 year old officer was shot and killed last week while serving a warrant in the Marstons Mills section of Barnstable.

As thousands of police officers and members of the community gathered to say their final farewells to the fallen officer, the Yarmouth Police Department posthumously promoted Gannon to the rank of sergeant.

Officers came from as far away as California and lined the street in front of St. Pius X Church in South Yarmouth.

There, a liturgy of Christian burial was celebrated for Sgt. Sean Gannon.

Mass. Governor Charlie Baker led a list of state dignitaries attending the funeral.

Yarmouth Police said that Gannon leaves a legacy of high moral integrity, infectious humor, and a strong work ethic.

Cameras were not allowed inside the church, but the audio was piped outside.

"You gave Sean to us to be our joy.  Now, you have taken him away from us.  We give him back to you without a murmur, but our hearts are wrung with sorrow."

The tragedy of losing a loved one in the line of duty hits home.

Maura Schiavina lost her brother, Michael Schiavina, when he was shot and killed with his partner Alain Beauregard back in 1985 on the streets of Springfield.

Maura also know the pain the family is going through.,

"I know what they're going through.  It's sad.  It's sad.  The whole thing is tragic, but they have every police department in the nation supporting them," said Maura Schiavina

Sgt. Gannon leaves his wife.  He was married for eight years.

Maura Schiavina said that there is help for family members who have lost loved ones.

"I want to let his wife know there is a group of survivors.  There's a chapter of C.O.P.S.  I know the police department will stick by her side until the end of her days," Maura Schiavina noted.

After the funeral liturgy, there was a private burial for family and colleagues.

K-9 units from multiple departments lined the route from the church to the cemetery.

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