At age 32, K-9 Officer Sean Gannon, Yarmouth Police Department, died in the line of duty from a gunshot wound. Sean graduated with Honors from Westfield State and earned a Master’s Degree, with Honors, from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. His career in law enforcement began as a public safety officer at Stonehill College. From there he joined the Yarmouth Police Department and eventually held the position of K-9 Officer. In police work, he found a second family – officers with integrity who cared about their community and who would do anything for each other. He was also a member of the Emergency Management Unit, a part-time member of the Proactive Anti-Crime Team, a member of YPD Peer Support Team and was the first K-9 narcotics office for the YPD. In addition, Sean was involved in the two-year investigation of the Russian cartel which had moved into Yarmouth.
Sean had a special relationship with his police dogs - first his drug dog, Thor and then his patrol dog, Nero, who was injured that same day. A Police K-9 is more than a pet; Thor and Nero were his partners. Sean also trained K-9 officers from all over the country.
In 2016, he married the love of his life – Dara Bryan. Together they shared a life filled with love, family, faith, travel, mountain climbing, camping, beach walks and dogs.
An unselfconscious mixture of strength and sweetness, he was an artist who loved working with his hands. He always had a deep understanding of what it meant to be a good and honorable person and he left a legacy of high moral integrity. He volunteered with the Big Brother/Big Sister Association, where he mentored his “little brother” Rylee.
Sean’s solid sense of self displayed itself in his strong work ethic, his insightfulness, his humility, his dry wit and complete enjoyment of practical jokes, and his creativity through art, photography, and woodworking.
A retired state police officer commented that with the loss of Sean, “We lost a thousand acts of goodness that would have helped the community, changed lives, saved lives and made the world a much better place.”