Mourners gather to pay respects to East Greenwich police officer who died in skydiving accident
EAST GREENWICH, RI (WLNE) – A funeral procession was held Tuesday morning for East Greenwich police officer Sgt. Christopher Callan who died in a parachuting accident earlier in July.
In addition to Callan’s role within the East Greenwich Police Department he was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard and was a jump master for the National Guard’s Annual Leapfest.
A large contingent of police officers from departments around Rhode Island including Newport, Central Falls, and Bristol all gathered in East Greenwich to pay their last respects to the 49-year-old green beret.
The funeral procession was led by a cavalcade of officers on motorcycles, traveling from the East Greenwich Police Department to Camp Fogarty for a brief ceremony.
“I wanted to support his family and the police force as well, and for their loss, and also just supporting everything they do for the community,” East Greenwich resident Marie-Therese Shaughnessy said.
Afterwards, the funeral procession went proceeded to the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Exeter where Callan was laid to rest.
Some residents could be seen lining the streets along the route to mourn the fallen former East Greenwich Police Sergeant and Military Paratrooper.
“It’s a very tragic occurrence, losing Chris like this,” Liberty Jump Team member David Accetta said.
Callan was a 14-year veteran of the National Guard and served overseas in several tours in Afghanistan, Haiti, Germany, and East Asia.
He leaves behind three daughters, his parents, and two sisters.