CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Flags flew at half staff at Chicopee Comprehensive High School Saturday to honor Chicopee Police Detective Michael Dion.
Dion suffered a heart attack while working a road details earlier this month. Fellow officers mourning the loss of not just a co-worker, but a friend.
“I’m sorry, I’m feeling emotional,” Lt. Holly Coty of the Chicopee Police Department expressed. “Mike was the type of officer you could ask him to do anything and he would help you. When my children were little I’d be calling him in the middle of the night to go on calls and he would be like, ‘don’t worry about it Lt. I got it, I got it.'”
Detective Dion was in his 39th year of service, making him the longest serving member of the Chicopee Police Department.
“He was a cadet his senior year of high school, and that was in 1979. He graduated in 1983, he was sworn in as a full time police officer and he has served and protected this city for almost the last 40 years,” Chicopee Police Captain Richard Henry told 22News.
Other local departments and state agencies came to pay their respects.
“His legacy will stand in this city and this department for many many years to come,” said Captain Henry.