NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The New Bedford School Committee will vote Monday on a proposal to name a new playground after the city’s fallen hero.

Sergeant Sean Gannon grew up across the street from Campbell Elementary School in New Bedford, where plans to build a new playground are underway. Gannon, a K-9 officer with the Yarmouth Police Department, was shot and killed while executing a warrant last month in Barnstable. 

Carla Mourao, the playground project’s chairperson, says the committee came up with the idea in the hopes of offering his parents a sense of healing, comfort, and pride in their late son.

New Bedford Mayor Mitchell supports dedicating the playground to Gannon.

“It occurred to me that we, we in New Bedford had to honor him in some fashion.” Mitchell said. “I’ve spoken to his parents at length about this idea, and they are wonderful people. They like the idea tremendously, and we are so grateful to have their support.”

If the new name is approved by the committee, plans will move forward to break ground this fall. While the original plan was to start construction in June, Mourao says the committee needs more time to hold fundraisers to pay for the project.

Mitchell said he is confident this will pass committee.

“We want to name it after someone kids should emulate,” Mitchell said. “We want to honor Sean Gannon in a very conspicuous way. And hopefully we can bring some comfort to his family.”