NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the completion and opening of a playground honoring fallen Yarmouth Police K-9 Sgt. Sean Gannon took place Thursday morning.
The playground was named in honor of Sgt. Gannon, who was shot-and-killed in the line of duty while executing a search warrant back in April 2018.
The New Bedford native grew up across the street from Campbell Elementary School and he used to play there when he was a kid, according to New Bedford City Councilor Ian Abreu.
New Bedford Mayor Jon Mitchell, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn, superintendent Thomas Anderson, along with local first responders and members of the Bristol County Sheriff’s Department were all in attendance for the dedication.
As was Sgt. Gannon’s parents, Pat and Denise Gannon.
“This is, fair to say, not your average playground ribbon cutting. This is really a reflection of a collective effort of so many people.” said Mayor Mitchell “It bears emphasizing that in the wake of Sean’s death, a lot of people wanted to something and this opportunity was low-hanging fruit.”
In May 2018, the New Bedford School Committee voted to honor Sgt. Gannon by naming the new playground at Campbell in his honor.
The school’s PTO and Playground Committee has been in the process of raising funds to support the construction of the playground since 2018.
Mayor Mitchell said, “A hero is somebody that society wants their children to emulate. The virtues that he exemplified, the kind of life that he lived. And it’ll be embodied in this facility.”
A groundbreaking ceremony for the playground took place in August. It was officially completed in October.