Two Days of Memorial Services for Slain Yarmouth Officer to Begin

YARMOUTH – Thousands are expected to pay their respects today at the wake for slain Yarmouth Police Officer Sean Gannon, who was fatally shot last week while serving a warrant in Marstons Mills.

A procession will escort his body from the Doane, Beale and Ames Funeral Home on West Main Street in Hyannis beginning at 3 p.m.

It will proceed through downtown Hyannis and then down Route 28 to St. Pius Church X in South Yarmouth.

The wake will take place from 4 to 8 p.m., with a law enforcement walk-by at 5 p.m.

Funeral services are scheduled for Wednesday morning at 11 a.m., also at St. Pius.

Yarmouth Police are asking people to line the procession route today and tomorrow and wear blue in honor of the fallen officer.

A section of Station Avenue in Yarmouth will be closed down tonight during Officer Gannon’s wake.

The road will be blocked from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School to Wood Road. The move will accommodate the law enforcement walk-by scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Mourners are asked to enter St. Pius from North Main Street.

There will be additional closures on Station Avenue tomorrow for Gannon’s funeral Mass.

Residents across Cape Cod are being encouraged to place blue ribbons or lights on their homes in a show of support for Gannon and his family and all of the law enforcement community. Blue lights provided free by Baskin’s True value were available at Yarmouth Police headquarters until the supply was gone.

A vigil was held Monday night for Officer Gannon in Yarmouth.

More than 100 people came out to the Moose Lodge on Route 28 after rain forced the event inside from Smuggler’s Beach.

Police Chief Frank Frederickson said the police department, the community, and the Gannon family have been devastated by Thursday’s event.

“I’ve got to triage my police department to figure out what’s left and provide the services that are necessary to get everybody back to where they should be/ I’ve got to take care of a family that doesn’t have an important member with them for the rest of their lives. I’ve also got to take care of this community to give you the service you expect and the service that we are willing to give you,” Frederickson said.

The Chief said his officers’ dedication to the community is unwavering, even in the face of tragedy.

“When somebody calls us, our officers are on the street. I guarantee you, in spite of what just happened, they’re willing to give their life for all of you. That has not changed.”

At a candlelight vigil over the weekend, Frederickson called for stronger laws aimed at protecting the safety of police officers, a fight he said he will focus on after services for Gannon are complete this week.

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