Thousands pay respects to Sgt. Michael Chesna

By John Krinjak

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HANOVER, Mass. (WLNE) — Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna’s brothers in blue from near and far saluted his casket as it was escorted from a Weymouth funeral home to St. Mary’s Church in Hanover, where a wake was held Tuesday evening. 

"A lot of us have been in that situation," said Patrick Monroe of the Boston Police Department. "Sometimes when that happens officers feel alone, and I think us being here shows that they’re not by themselves."
 
"It’s very important to show that we’re one big family and we’re together, we’re a group that supports each other," said Max Rodriguez of the New York Police Department. 

Hundreds of police officers from across the country, family, friends and complete strangers coming here to the church in Hanover to pay their respects to Sgt. Chesna. 

"He was probably one of the kindest hearts I ever met," said Haley MacNeil of Bellingham. 

Among those waiting in line to say goodbye, Doris Beauregard-Shecrallah, who lost her husband in the line of duty back in 1985, so she understands the pain better than most.

"I ask the public to please pray for our officers, to please respect our officers and to please teach our children to respect our officers," said Beauregard-Shercrallah. 

Brian MacNeil was a close friend of Sgt. Chesna’s for more than 20 years.

"He was a great man, a good person–he was a good person long before he became a husband, father, military, police. He’s been like that his entire life," said MacNeil. "It’s devastating."

Bruce Donahue never met Chesna, but came out of respect and support for Chesna’s wife and two young children.

"How do they deal with that? I don’t know God help them, that’s all I can say," said Donahue. 

Chesna’s funeral will be held at the same location, St. Mary’s Church in Hanover, Friday at 11AM. He will be buried at Blue Hill Cemetery in Braintree. 

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