Vigil held for fallen Weymouth officer

By John Krinjak

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WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) — Well over 1,000 people turned out on the football field at Weymouth High School Monday night–officer Michael Chesna’s alma mater–to pay tribute to him and to bystander Vera Adams–both of whom were gunned down early Sunday morning.

"Michael Chesna protected his community at great expense. What happened to Michael was horrific. It should not happen to someone else," said Weymouth Police Chief Richard Grimes. 

After originally declining to speak, Chesna’s mother Minnie took the podium to express her gratitude for this outpouring of love.

"My son would be so proud, and I have never been prouder to be from Weymouth," said Minnie Chesna. 

Family members of Chesna and Adams sat on the football field. Behind them–just about every member of the Weymouth Police Department.

"The main goal is to show the families just how much this town supports them and is with them," said Ted Langill, Mayor Hedlund’s Chief of Staff. 

"I couldn’t believe it," said Weymouth resident Kay Walsh. "You feel bad for the family."

Walsh and Kathy Barden didn’t know Officer Chesna, but wanted to show their support for him, and all of Weymouth P.D. 

"I think they’ll see how much everybody cares about them and has their back. They have our backs all the time. Now it’s our turn to have their back," said Barden. 

The night ended with a special, emotional announcement from Chief Grimes. "Effective yesterday, July 15th, officer Michael C. Chesna will be promoted to the position of Sergeant," said Grimes.

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