A large contingent of fellow officers from Springfield and Chicopee were among the thousands who attended funeral services Wednesday for Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon,
This morning, before the sun had even risen, upwards of 50 officers from the Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments boarded two coach buses for Yarmouth to say goodbye to their brother in blue, Officer Sean Gannon, who shot and killed in the line of duty just six days earlier.
"We'll march behind the hearse to the church and then we'll do as we're directed to," said Springfield Police Capt. Brian Keenan.
Gannon had ties to western Massachusetts and these officers feel their presence in Yarmouth is the least they can do.
"We feel that connection to Officer Gannon, as he was a resident out this way, and we're going to go to his funeral and we're going to have a delegation of people lay him to rest the appropriate way," Keenan added.
Keenan was one of those officers and being with the Springfield Police Department, he knows all too well what it's like to bury a friend and the hole it leaves behind.
"We lost an officer several years ago, Kevin Ambrose, and it leaves a void in your department when that happens," Keenan noted.
Keenan told Western Mass News that it's a void the community can help fill.
"They leave their wives, they leave their children, their husbands, and they go do a very, very, dangerous job. Society sometimes takes it for granted that you're going to come home at the night every day," Keenan said.
Signs of support were also spotted along highways in western Massachusetts and throughout the state, with Officer Gannon's name and 'YPD' lit up - a stark reminder of the loss of a protector.
Another sign that Officer Gannon is on polices' minds is the flags that are flying half-staff across the state.
"All we ask you to do is say a prayer for our safety and say thank you once in a while," Keenan said.
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