A Widow's Powerful Request

yarmouth police officer sean gannon shot killed in the line of duty

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Next Friday, April 12, will mark a grim milestone.

It will be one year since the murder of Yarmouth Police Sgt. Sean Gannon, gunned down by a career criminal while serving a warrant.

The memory of this atrocity still leaves us infuriated and appalled. Gannon was only 32 years old, a rising star in the department who was widely admired in the community.

Community Mourns Yarmouth Police Officer Killed In Shooting
Community Mourns Yarmouth Police Officer Killed In Shooting
Officer Sean Gannon was shot and killed while serving a warrant in Barnstable Thursday afternoon.

But if you want to truly appreciate the life Sean Gannon led and the legacy he left behind, read the column written by his widow, Dara, that ran in yesterday’s Cape Cod Times.

Dara Gannon recalls the outpouring of love and support for her and her family that followed Sean’s murder. And while she could have used her forum in any number of ways, she chooses to use his memory as a teachable moment, writing:

“If you want to remember Sean, find your own quiet way to show someone you care. That note or text you’ve been meaning to write but keep putting off—send it. Take time to ask a friend or a colleague how he or she is doing, and really listen. Own up to a mistake and make it right. Pick up the extra shift for someone who needs the time off. Buy a coffee or pay the toll for a stranger behind you. No gesture is too small. To that person, it could make all the difference that day. We each have a special gift. Please use yours for someone else. I feel that is Sean’s legacy.”

Nothing any of us could say about this story would have anywhere close to the meaning and beauty of Dara Gannon’s words.

God bless her, and may Sean’s memory continue to be a blessing.

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