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Yarmouth community pays tribute to fallen officer

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By : Chloe Leshner

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YARMOUTH, MA (WLNE) – Members of the Yarmouth community are coming together in remembrance of fallen Yarmouth Police Officer killed Thursday in Barnstable.

Emotions high as the entire region mourns the loss of Officer Sean Gannon.

"This is a tragedy that goes really deep in the town," says Brian Braginton-Smith of Yarmouth.

His 8 years of service to the community and his ultimate sacrifice, deeply appreciated by all.

"I go to sleep, my wife goes to sleep, and the Police Department is out there doing what they're doing," says Victor Pagliari of Yarmouth.

Gannon was shot and killed Thursday afternoon serving a warrant to a man police describe as a career criminal.

"if anything can come from this, I hope it's that another innocent man doesn't have to serve a warrant to somebody who has more than 100 violent acts on their record and is free in a house somewhere to shoot somebody in the head," says Dianna Braginton-Smith.

Dozens and dozens of flowers have been left outside the station and cover a police cruiser. Some people have been compelled to leave behind extremely personal gifts.

"That was my dad's flag and when this hit, we talked it over and I said I'm going to bring it to the police department. I wouldn't do that unless it was very, very special, and this was a special need and hopefully this will help the hurt a little bit less," says Pagliari.

Mourners say Gannon will be a big loss to the community and the department.

"He was an exemplary officer. He exuded the right stuff, he was a compassionate individual and he exuded positive energy," says Braginton-Smith.

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