Dartmouth Police honor fallen officers in lip-Sync Challenge video
By: Scott Cook
DARTMOUTH, M.A. (WLNE) — The ‘First Responder Lip-sync Challenge’ has been sweeping the country, with hundreds of police and fire departments joining in on the fun.
But after the passing of Weymouth Police Officer, Michael Chesna, one local department took a more serious approach to the light-hearted trend.
The men and women at Dartmouth Police Department were actually planning on doing one of those funny lip-sync challenges, but before they could do so, tragedy struck a nearby department.
So instead, Dartmouth PD decided to make a tribute video to Officer Michael Chesna and others who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
"We were ready to scrap the thing altogether,” said Detective Kyle Costa with the Dartmouth Police Department.
“But then we collectively came up with the idea to make it a tribute, not only to Officer Chesna, but to other officers who have fallen over the last couple years."
In their video, Dartmouth Police take a more serious approach. Their featured song: ‘Tears in Heaven’ by Eric Clapton.
"We built the video around the song and we just found it to be appropriate,” said Costa. “It is a tribute song and it really speaks volumes in a very short period of time."
Dartmouth Community Television helped out the police department with the project.
"Obviously there is a sense of somberness that is very real,” said Mike Fernandes with DCTV. “When the officers came in to sing this song, their emotions really came through."
The response to the video so far has been great. It has been viewed by over half a million people worldwide, even registering shares and responses in foreign countries like Scotland.
"The response has been overwhelmingly positive and really kind of unexpected," said Detective Costa.
But the department’s goal was never to go viral.
"The message that we want to get out there is very strong,” said Costa. “The men and women that put on the blue are out there doing a tough job every day, and some of them fall in the line of duty. They should be recognized as heroes."
By sending that message to the world, the department has gone viral, but for a different reason.
"We’ve had the families of several officers, who unfortunately have been killed in the line of duty, who have reached out to us and basically thanked us for doing this,” said Fernandes.
“And hearing that just makes it all worth it, because honoring them is the most important thing we can do."
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