The hearse carrying the body of 17 year veteran Police Officer Gregg Maloney, husband and father of two boys, traveled from Boston to the Plymouth Police Department on Wednesday.
Hundreds gathered along route 3, which became a sea of flashing lights at every overpass and along the roadway, as police and fire departments from the towns enroute showed respect for one of their own.
Respect—that was order of the day and silence prevailed as the entire Plymouth Police force, Fire Department officials and cadets from the Police Academy stood at attention, as well as town officials, at the entrance to the Police Department. A huge American flag was suspended over the entrance to the parking area by the towering ladders of fire trucks, creating a solemn arc under which the hearse would pass.
The hearse arrived and rested, and the silence was broken by Chief Michael Botieri who introduced Pastor Neil Eton of New Hope Chapel. He tried to explain the unexplainable:
“I just want to encourage this community to hold on to faith even though we might not understand why these things happen.”
Sargeant Scott Vecchi was visibly shaken as the hearse left the grounds on its way to the funeral home. Vecchi is the Sargeant heading up fallen Officer Greg Maloney’s motorcycle unit:
“I worked with Greg every day and it’s very difficult to wrap ourselves around this tragedy. He’s missed very much.”