WEYMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) – Local and national support continues to pour in for Sgt. Michael Chesna’s family.
Sgt. Chesna was killed in the line of duty on July 15 in Weymouth after pursuing an erratic driver who eventually fled on foot, threw a rock at the officer, took his gun, and turned it on the officer and a female bystander.
Chesna leaves behind a wife and two young children.
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation,a national foundation established after the 9/11 attacks to support first responders and their families,announced they will pay off the mortgage on Sgt. Chesna’s family home.
The foundation, named after a fallen 9/11 firefighter Stephen Siller, has provided millions of dollars in mortgage payments to support families of first responders who have died in the line of duty.
Local communities are also doing what they can to support a fund setup for Sgt. Chesna’s family.
A Hingham bakery where Chesna was a regular has been offering special blue and black cookies in his memory. Proceeds from the cookies will go to the family fund.
In nearby Rockland, a group of children setup a lemonade stand and raised about $900 for the family.
Mourners from across Southeastern Massachusetts have been making donations at the Weymouth police station all week as well.
The Weymouth Police Department is expected to formally announce how they plan to support Chesna’s family Wednesday afternoon.
Sgt. Chesna will be laid to rest later this week.