BOSTON — As we approach the anniversary of Sergeant Sean Gannon's death, his wife is thanking the community once more for their endless support this past year.
In an emotional, open-hearted letter to her community posted as an op-ed piece in The Barnstable Patriot, Dara Gannon recalls the pain and suffering that the months following April 12, 2018 ensued and the toll it took on her and her family.
She thanks all of those who cared and helped lift her up in different ways, those who checked in, wrote letters, cooked meals and, most of all, honored the hero they had just lost.
Gannon asks the reader to retribute the love she received, putting even more emphasis on how acts of kindness make a world of a difference, highlighting that "no gesture is too small."
Imparting the lessons she's learned throughout the past year, Gannon incentivizes others to reach out like her community did, to show that there's so much power in checking in on a neighbor and making sure they're getting by, even if for a total stranger.
While Gannon says April 12 this year will be a private day for her and her family, she stresses the importance of feeling surrounded by her community during those difficult times. Grief happens within us, but Gannon points out how "if we keep showing up for each other, we don’t have to carry the pain alone."
"Thank you for holding Sean in your hearts. Let’s keep taking care of each other."
Sgt. Sean Gannon and his K-9 partner Nero were shot in the line of duty while serving a warrant in Marstons Mills. Nero survived and after months of rehabilitation, he now lives with the Gannon family.
© 2020 Cox Media Group