Yarmouth police officer, Sergeant Sean Gannon, will be honored at Cape Cod’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade next month.
Gannon was shot and killed in the line of duty as he attempted to serve a warrant in Barnstable on April 12, 2018.
Thomas Latanowich, who has been labeled as a career criminal, is charged with fatally shooting Gannon and his K9 Nero.
Nero survived the shooting and has recovered.
Boston Police Commissioner William Gross and several police officers from Ireland are expected to be among the large police presence attending the parade.
“The committee has decided to dedicate it to the memory of Sean Gannon and we’re really happy that they’re doing that,” said Mary Vilbon of the Yarmouth Chamber of Commerce.
“The theme of the parade this year is 'The Spirit of the Community,' and I think that’s very appropriate for what Sean has given to our community.”
Gannon and Nero had been regular participants of the parade in the past and this year’s parade will include a group of marchers from Gannon’s graduating class at the MBTA Police Academy according to Capecod.com.
Retired Yarmouth Police K9 officer Peter B. McClelland, who trained Nero as a puppy and helped the K9 recover from the shooting, is the parade’s Grand Marshal.
Gannon and two other police officers were searching a home at 109 Blueberry Lane in Marstons Mills, a village in Barnstable, when the fatal shooting took place.
They were seeking to arrest Latanowich for violating his probation for a case in 2010 when he pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges.
The parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 9 in Yarmouth.
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