Many of them don’t even know him. But that doesn’t really matter to the hundreds of police officers expected to attend the wake and funeral of Yarmouth K-9 Officer Sean Gannon this week.
Gannon’s wake is scheduled to take place Tuesday afternoon at Saint Pius the X Church in South Yarmouth, with a funeral Mass planned for Wednesday.
In addition to family, friends, and colleagues, a large contingent of police officers from across Southern New England and the country is expected to also be there to show support for their fallen brother.
Gannon – a New Bedford native – was shot and killed last week while serving a warrant at a home in Marstons Mills on the Cape. His dog partner, Nero, was also shot and is still recovering.
Lt. David Dyson of the Seekonk Police Department said even though he didn’t personally know Gannon, his death hits close to home.
“We all do the same job, whether we’re a K-9 officer or detective or lieutenant, a chief. It doesn’t matter. We’re all one of the same,” said Dyson. “One big family, that’s what it comes down to.”
Dyson said members of the Seekonk Police Department, as well as its honor guard, will be there for the police walkthrough during Tuesday’s wake and for the funeral on Wednesday.
“Hopefully it gives some solace to the fact that we’re all there in our uniforms and say, ‘you know what? We’ve got your back on this, we’re here for you.'”
Eyewitness News has learned that Rhode Island State Police, Providence Police Department and Cranston Police Department will also have representatives at the services.
Even police department’s that can’t attend services will be there in spirit.
The Yarmouth Police Department has received condolences from as far away as the United Kingdom.
The New York Yankees have even sent flowers.