This is a somber day throughout the state and especially for the Yarmouth Police Department.
It was one year ago today that Sgt Sean Gannon was working a detail with Barnstable Police on serving a warrant when he was shot and killed.
Although his wife Dara says the day will be a quiet time for the family, with no public events to mark the day, she has issued a statement requesting both privacy for the family while also asking residents to remember her husband's legacy.
In part her statement reads:
"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. "
"While my loss has been quite public, we usually can’t see the challenges facing others. But if we keep showing up for each other, we don’t have to carry the pain alone. Over the last year, I’ve watched as you wrapped your arms around other families in need. It makes me proud to call Cape Cod my home."
"This April 12 will be a private day for me and my family, but I will never forget the comfort and support that the community has given us and our family in blue."