Sgt. Chesna's funeral procession. (Kendall Buhl/WBZ NewsRadio 1030)
HANOVER (WBZ-AM) -- The funeral for a Weymouth Police sergeant killed in the line of duty last weekend was underway Friday. Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was shot and killed Sunday morning while responding to a call in Weymouth.
Chesna, a Weymouth native, was a graduate of the Boylston Police Academy and Northeastern University--and served several tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan with the U.S. Army.
He leaves behind his wife Cynthia and two children--a 4-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.
“Somewhere over the Rainbow” is playing inside St Mary’s Church, a special song for Cindy Chesna, the wife of Sgt Michael Chesna.— Bernice Corpuz (@BerniceWBZ) July 20, 2018
Among the speakers at the ceremony were Sgt. Chesna's brother-in-law--and brother in blue--Weymouth Capt. Joe Comperchio, who read a letter from Cindy to her husband.
“I promise to raise Jack to love all the sports you loved so much and to be a collector just like you," it read. "I’ll make sure Olivia continues to attend comic con shows ... I will always love you forever."
Weymouth Police Capt. Joseph Comperchio promised Sgt. Chesna's widow and children, "you will never be alone."
After sharing remembrances of Sgt. Chesna's love of his family, his job, and Boston sports teams, Capt. Comperchio read a letter the six-year veteran wrote when he went through the police academy.
"To me, being a police officer is a better job than being president of the United States," that essay read. "I really want to be able to help people and make an impact in my community. I want to be one of the people they can rely on when they are in trouble."
The "Thin Blue Line" isn't so thin today. pic.twitter.com/N04DFcEE5y— Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) July 20, 2018
The ceremony was preceded by a large police procession by law enforcement, including the Boston Police Gaelic Column and a presentation of arms and colors. The streets leading to St. Mary's Church in Hanover, where the funeral took place, were decorated with flags and black and blue ribbons in honor of Sgt. Chesna.
The grieving Weymouth Police Department got assistance from other departments, with Boston Police helping with security.
Boston Police Gaelic Column, providing the pipes and drums to honor Sgt Michael Chesna. pic.twitter.com/LHDBKl2ZhO— Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) July 20, 2018
After the funeral, Sgt. Chesna was given a police escort to his final resting place at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree.
On Thursday, thousands of police officers from across the state attended his wake at St. Mary's.
Sgt Chesna’s escort. pic.twitter.com/DQfq9D9tRP— Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) July 20, 2018
Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said that, in the future, there will be a memorial for Sgt. Chesna.
"We've had others die in the line of duty, but never under these heinous circumstances like what we had to endure," he said. "So, there will be a discussion on that when it's appropriate to have that discussion."
(24/7 NewsSource contributed to this report)
WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Kendall Buhl (@KBuhlWBZ) reports