Dozens of police officers, first responders and strangers came together to salute a Yarmouth police officer shot and killed while serving a warrant at a home on Cape Cod Thursday afternoon.
Officer Sean Gannon, 32, was described as a rising star within the Yarmouth Police Department, and everyone who knew him have been left heartbroken after hearing the devastating news of his death.
Gannon had been with the Yarmouth Police Department for eight years, and was friends with law enforcement members across the Commonwealth.
Flags at half staff, and a growing tribute to fallen officer Sean Gannon outside @YarmouthPD.@DennisMAPolice are here helping them out to deal with media and public this AM. Can’t imagine what these guys are going through pic.twitter.com/wBKb62u631— Jessica Reyes (@jessicamreyes) April 13, 2018
In an incredible show of support, police officers and other first responders lined up outside Cape Cod Hospital in tribute to Gannon.
Then, one-by-one, all of them filed out with their lights flashing for a massive procession as Gannon’s body was brought to the Medical Examiner’s Office at Otis Air Force Base.
It was a heartbreaking and poignant sight as officer got out of their cruisers and saluted, saying goodbye and paying their respects.
It wasn’t only police officers and first responders who stood at the side of the road to salute Gannon.
Everyday citizens also arrived to pay their respects to the fallen officer.
“I feel compelled that my daughter knows that these people serve us and protect us,” Robert Horne said. “We felt it was the right thing to do to honor this officer tonight.”
Gannon worked in law enforcement for nearly his entire adult life. He spent eight years with the Yarmouth police Department, and before that he was a Stonehill College police officer and intermittent officer with the Nantucket Police Department.
He was Yarmouth’s first, full-time drug detection K-9 patrol officer and was paired up with his dog about a year ago.
There was a massive outpouring of support and remembrance from police departments across the state and country.
MORE: You can contribute to a GoFundMe page for Officer Gannon's family here.
The members of local 1893 extend sympathy to our brothers in Blue on the LODD of Yarmouth PD K-9 officer Sean Gannon pic.twitter.com/Tdsoe4lf4v— Ashland Firefighters L1893 (@AshlandL1893) April 13, 2018
Heartbroken to learn of the passing of Officer Gannon & my thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and the @yarmouthpolice after this tragic loss. MA is blessed to have courageous men & women who put their lives on the line to protect our communities every day. #lodd pic.twitter.com/WPQklvocXg— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) April 13, 2018
#CONDOLENCES: The men and women of the Boston Police Department would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow officers of fallen @yarmouthpolice officer Sean Gannon. pic.twitter.com/s45QES3tQi— Boston Police Dept. (@bostonpolice) April 13, 2018
Thoughts and Prayers are needed #LivePDNation. Officer Sean Gannon was killed in the line of duty tonight and his K9 partner was also injured. Our hearts 💙go out to the family of Officer Gannon. Praying for a full recovery for his K9. #livepd #LivePDNation @yarmouthpolice 🐾💙 pic.twitter.com/Yp4Ju0E89r— #LivePDNation (@LivePDNation) April 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Yarmouth Police Dept. One of their officers was shot and killed today while serving a warrant. Thank you for your service officer. pic.twitter.com/GEh7AbFkmP— Pelham Police (@PelhamNHPolice) April 13, 2018
With a heavy heart 💙, our condolences go out tonight to our brothers & sisters of the @yarmouthpolice & to Officer Sean Gannon's family & friends. We are also praying tonight for the recovery of Officer Gannon's K9 partner, who was also injured in today's tragic incident.#LODD pic.twitter.com/9ITeLFi3bq— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) April 13, 2018
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