Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Gannon Services Draw Thousands of Officers to Yarmouth

Gannon Services Draw Thousands of Officers to Yarmouth

Members of the Vermont State Police Honor Guard traveled to Yarmouth, MA to pay respects to fallen K-9 Officer Sean Gannon.

About 5,000 police officers were at the funeral, according to the Massachusetts State Police.

The 28-month-old Belgian malinois was shot in the face and neck April 12 and had been recovering at Cape Cod Veterinary Specialists in Buzzards Bay, where dozens of current and former K-9 officers made sure the dog was never alone.

As WBUR's Steve Brown reported last week, Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson called Gannon a "remarkable young man". Nero was alongside Gannon when he was shot in the head and killed while serving a warrant at a home in Barnstable. His funeral, which was not broadcast at the request of the family, was followed by a procession to a private burial.

Gannon, who was married, was an eight-year veteran of the department.

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At Gannon's funeral on Wednesday, Reverend Paul Caron said he was a person whose death impacted many.

Gannon leaves behind a wife, Dana, parents and siblings.

The shooting has rocked the Yarmouth Police Department, the community and elicited sympathy from around New England.

After retiring K9 Thor, Sergeant Gannon acquired his beloved K9 patrol dog Nero, who was also shot and injured at the scene of the crime but was rescued and is expected to survive and return to the Gannon family.

He was remembered in his obituary for his "high moral integrity, infectious humor, and collaborative work with colleagues".

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