The thoughts, prayers and infinite acts of kindness that were displayed in our community deeply affected attendees at the wake and funeral services. The decorations, blue light displays, offers of cold drinks and food as well as many simple kind words of appreciation and support were most helpful during a difficult time. These acts of kindness were provided by both residents and businesses in the community. In particular the willingness of residents and businesses to work around the road closures and detours is appreciated.
It would not have been possible to conduct the wake and funeral services for Sgt. Chesna without the assistance of many local police departments, fire departments, Boston Police and MA State Police. Assistance was received from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council, Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council and Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council. The Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency, Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department and the American Red Cross provided valuable assistance. These agencies provided the necessary logistical support for services on both days.
The assistance of Weymouth Police and Fire, Hanover Police, Hanover Fire and Emergency Management, Hanover DPW, Facilities, Hanover School Department, Town Manager and Board of Selectmen was critical in coordinating the town’s organization of the wake and funeral services. This would not have been possible without the unwavering support of each of these departments. The Hanover Mall hosted the staging area for approximately 7,500 police officers over the course of two days.
St. Mary’s of the Sacred Heart parish provided the church for the wake and funeral services. St. Mary’s staff and volunteers provided for attendees spiritual, emotional and physical needs over the course of two days. This support was critical for the thousands police officers, first responders, volunteers and attendees.
In closing, thank you to anyone who helped in any manner during this difficult time. Words cannot express the support and concern that was received from this wonderful community so many of us call home.
Walter L. Sweeney Jr.
Hanover Chief of Police