‘The police are not your enemies’: Family remembers slain Weymouth Sgt. Michael Chesna in public letter

Chesna was killed while on duty one year ago.

Michael Chesna. —Gary Higgins / The Quincy Patriot Ledger via AP

A year after Weymouth Police Sgt. Michael Chesna was killed on duty, his family wrote a letter that appeared in The Patriot Ledger in memory of him.

Chesna responded to a call regarding an erratic driver on July 15 last year, The Boston Globe reported. After a foot chase, authorities say the alleged driver, Emanuel Lopes, knocked Chesna unconscious, took his gun, and shot him repeatedly in the head and chest. Lopes is also accused of fatally wounding 77-year-old Vera Adams with Chesna’s weapon.

In the letter, the Chesna family thanked those who have supported them over the past year. The family also urged the public to remember the difficult job police are tasked with.

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“Police officers choose this occupation to protect you and your families,” the letter read. “The police are not your enemies; they are here to help you in your time of need.”

The letter asked readers to think of the lives of officers.

“Be kind and caring toward the police and remember that love is stronger than hate,” it read. “Live your life, for it is precious, and every night when you go home, remember that police officers are people that have families. They are heroes that are here to protect you from danger.”

The Weymouth Police Patrolman’s Union also posted a Facebook tribute to Chesna on the anniversary of his death.

“We hope July 15th serves not only as a reminder of who Mike was and how he lived, but also as a reminder of how valuable human life is,” the tribute reads.

Lopes’s next Norfolk County Superior Court appearance is scheduled for August 15.