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Thousands pay last respects to slain Weymouth officer

NBC Boston reports on the wake for Sgt. Michael Chesna.

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To a good man. Serving as a police officer is a tough job being the mother, wife, father, husband or partner of a police officer these days is the toughest job in America.

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A cop gets murdered, while protecting people like you, but not one of you people can muster up one damn comment of remorse but you’ll post 33 comments about some idiot who was denied bail for repeatedly tagging public property.

I personally hope the family of Sgt. Michael Chesna finds peace.

I personally hope that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts institutes the death penalty in cases wherein a police officer, a firefighter or an emergency medical service worker are murdered while doing his or her duty.

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are not an indication of people's feelings about an issue. I think it's safe to say everyone is saddened by what happened in Weymouth. Whether or not someone posts a comment about it is their choice. Direct your anger at something that matters, not comment counts on a blog.

I personally disagree with your assertion that some lives, or their abrupt endings, are more important than others, and thus deserve harsher punishment. You can find both good and bad people in all professions.

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But do you think that this amount of pageantry is a bit extreme? I get that this is really sad, just there are so many more deadly occupations such as a construction worker. You don't see them shutting down highway roads and amassing thousands of construction worker for a big procession?

I am really not that concerned about how people morn one way or the other, it's a sad story, and if they feel the need to do this to move forward with their lives, I get that. But it just seems like a bit much, when I don't know why I should feel worse about cop than a construction worker, like the ones who died in the sewer pipe in Boston about 8 months ago, from gas.

One protects the other builds place we live in everyday. In-fact I would say construction workers actions effect our lives much much more than a cop. Maybe I am missing something and there was some society social cue thing that never clicked in my head. I don't value the life of one person over the other.

This has been a rant I am sure there are holes. Thanks for reading.

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Pageantry? Really? This guy died trying to get a sociopath off the streets. The sociopath who shot an unconscious officer on the ground and an elderly woman in her home. Construction workers don't go toe to toe with sociopaths. You are missing quite a lot. Pageantry my ass.

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Next time your life is in danger call a construction worker. Every job is important but please first responders are called that for a reason.

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Did you walk down the street yesterday and stop each person and say, "I'm really bummed about the death of Sgt Chesna?" I think not. SImilarly, posting here to share a feeling that is pretty universal (seriously, no pun intended) doesn't help the family or anyone else. Sometimes it's OK to just say nothing.

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Thank you Officer Chesna for serving your country with honor. You gave your life trying to keep your community and the country safe. May you Rest In Peace. My heart breaks for you wife and children, family, friends, and brother and sisters in Blue.

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Despite the occasional jurisdictional dispute like the Seaport, police work is a true brotherhood and line of duty deaths have always produced huge funerals. The family is usually given the choice. For many of the survivors, the outpouring provides some solace. Most of the officers who attend do so on their own time, unpaid.

Police officers work odd hours, thus many can attend a day funeral when construction workers cannot. Most of the time only the local officers can fit in the church so it's also a time outside of the church to reconnect with academy classmates, grieve and exchange information. Roads are closed for dignitaries all the time (ask Boston and Cambridge PD about VIP visitors to Harvard, MIT etc.) so it's not a major issue. It's a nice tradition.

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