Massachusetts is mourning the loss of Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna.
22news spoke with the Widow of a Springfield Police Officer killed in the line of duty, who too often has been reminded of the pain she felt that tragic night more than 30-years-ago.
“I have to tell you the truth when I first saw his picture I saw those beautiful blue eyes and that’s what Alain had those beautiful piercing blue eyes and it took me back,” said Doris Beauregard-Shecrallah, widow of Alain Beauregard.
The news of Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna’s murder has been felt around the country. But for those who have experienced the pain of losing a loved one in the line of duty, these situations bring back a flood of emotions every time.
Beauregard-Shecrallah lost her husband, who was a Springfield police officer more than 30-years-ago when he was shot in the line of duty.
She said every time an officer is killed, she feels the pain of losing her husband all over again.
“You go back in time, I think all of the survivors who have gone through this we’re so saddened and we know what the family is going through,” Beauregard-Shecrallah told 22News.
These now too-frequent events are also hard reminders to officers of the dangers they face on the job.
“You always pray that it doesn’t happen and unfortunately the number of officers that have fallen over the years have brought it home more and more that its a possible scenario,” said Springfield Police Commissioner John Barbieri.
Sgt. Chesna’s name now joins a growing list of Massachusetts officers who have been memorialized by Springfield’s Ride to Remember.
“Tragically every year since we’ve started this we’re lost a member of the police family in Massachusetts,” said John Delaney, race director of Ride to Remember. “I pray to God every day that one day we’ll do the ride and it won’t be for anyone that year.”
Because of organizations like Ride to Remember, there are services available to help families cope with the loss of a loved one in the line of duty.