Sgt. Gannon Honored Posthumously By Big Brothers Big Sisters

BOSTON – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay posthumously honored slain Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon Thursday night in Boston.

Gannon was named the Big of the Year for his work on Cape Cod as a Big Brother to 12-year-old Rylee.

The annual award recognizes a recipient for making a positive and lasting impact in the lives of local children.

“Sergeant Gannon went above and beyond the call of duty by committing to volunteer as a ‘Big Brother’ mentor in his spare time,” the organization wrote.

“Sean was what we hope all of our Big Brothers turn out to be. He was matched with his Little Brother in Yarmouth for over three years,” said Regional Director J.R. Mell.

“I have no doubt his impact will definitely live on through Rylee,” Mell said.

Gov. Charlie Baker presented the award alongside Wendy Foster, the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Gannon’s parents, and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson.

“Sergeant Gannon was the definition of a community-minded officer, setting an excellent example for Rylee, who wants to follow in Sergeant Gannon’s footsteps to become a police officer when he grows up,” the organization said.

Mell said that Gannon’s death has impacted Rylee, but that the community has rallied around him.

“There’s a lot of mourning going on right now. There’s never an easy age to lose anybody, but when you’re 12 going on 13 that’s a really tough time to lose someone you looked up to,” said Mell.

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