Residents and staff at Latham Centers honor fallen Sergeant Sean Gannon 

April 19, 2018

When last week’s unfathomable news spread throughout Cape Cod and beyond that Sergeant Sean Gannon, K-9 Officer from the Yarmouth Police Department, was shot and killed in the line of duty, the Latham community joined countless others in shock and grief. Many of our students, adult residents, and staff members were affected by his loss. In the words of Anne McManus, Latham Centers President, “The wonderful Yarmouth P.D. has always been a tremendous pillar of support for our staff and residents.” This past week, staff, students, and adult residents have collaborated to find ways to honor Sergeant Gannon. They composed cards expressing sympathy and appreciation, delivered along with flowers to the Yarmouth Police Department. Some laid flowers on his cruiser, parked outside of the department. Residents from the Peter Cooper residential home brought cards of support to their local law enforcement officers at the Wareham Police Station. Staff and residents attended vigils, and students on campus spoke with staff about their feelings regarding such a tragic community loss. The focus throughout Latham has been on the life of service and dedication of this beloved hero – Sergeant Sean Gannon.

A flag ceremony was held on campus yesterday, led by four Latham students. Liam said “Order Arms,” and directed his fellow students to walk single file to the flagpole. As Liam continued with “Present Colors,” Jeremy handed Zach the perfectly folded Thin Blue Line flag, who connected the flag to the rope. Liam finished with, “Post Colors,” as Zach hoisted the flag to top-staff, then half-staff. Prior to the audience joining her for the Pledge of Allegiance, Chloe read facts about the Thin Blue Line flag.

“The Blue represents the officer and the courage they find deep inside when faced with difficult situations. The Black background was designed as a constant reminder of our fallen brother and sister officers. The Line is what police officers protect; our safety, our rights, our community, and our freedom. Together they symbolize the trust and friendship law enforcement officers all share; a brotherhood and sisterhood like none other.”

We honor and thank Sergeant Sean Gannon. 

 

—Submitted by Katrina Fryklund

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