School committee OKs plan to name playground after Sgt. Gannon


NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The New Bedford School Committee approved a plan that would name a 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.

“We never want Sergeant Gannon to be forgotten,” Chairperson of the Playground Committee Carla Mourao said.

Mayor Jon Mitchell said he had the same idea, telling Eyewitness News last week he supports naming the playground in honor of Gannon.

“We want to honor Sean Gannon in a very conspicuous way,” Mitchell said.

“We’re just so excited to be able to do this, not only for the Campbell school children but for the Gannon family as well,” Mourao added.

Plans will now move forward to break ground on the playground this fall. Mourao said they hope to have a design layout complete by the end of the summer.

“We hope that when the Gannon’s look out their window, even if it’s just for a few seconds, they smile, as much as we are,” Mourao said.

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