What can you truly say or do to mitigate the pain of losing a loved one? Or, worse yet, how do you bring peace to an entire community who has been stricken with one of God’s most egregious griefs?
This is what the good people of Weymouth, Massachusetts are coping with at this very moment.
Sgt. Michael Chesna loved to read. He had a dry sense of humor and kept roll call light. He was a great cop and he loved his family.
Those were some of the stories his brethren on the grief-stricken Weymouth police force shared yesterday as they came to St. Mary’s Church in Hanover to pay their respects to Chesna at his wake.
A sea of men and women in blue as far as the eye could see stretched down the street as police officers from across the state and beyond made their way into the church, where mourners will gather today to say a final goodbye to Chesna at his funeral service.
“He was a wonderful guy and a terrific police officer and a wonderful family man,” said Weymouth police officer Joe Favreau. “Just a very nice guy.”
Now, in an act that could bring at least a few smiles back to the men and women in blue who knew Sgt. Chesna, country and pop singer Taylor Swift has reached out to the Weymouth police department and provided them with what the Mayor is calling a “significant” amount of concert tickets to her upcoming show in Foxboro.
Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund tells The Patriot Ledger that Swift donated “a significant number of tickets” to the town for her shows this weekend in Foxborough, which were distributed among city police officers.
Hedlund says there were enough to send “every police officer, firefighter and extended family to the concert, and then some.” The extras were passed on to other nearby police departments.
And while Taylor Swift’s music may not be my personal cup of tea, the young superstar has managed to bring a tear to my eye all the same.