PLYMOUTH (CBS) – Community members in Plymouth came together for a candlelight vigil Sunday night to mourn the death of a respected police officer

Gregg Maloney died in an accident Tuesday while on duty as a Plymouth police motorcycle officer.

Plymouth motorcycle Officer Gregg Maloney (WBZ-TV)

Plymouth motorcycle Officer Gregg Maloney (WBZ-TV)

Hundreds of townspeople gathered at Brewster Gardens steps from Plymouth Rock for the dramatic vigil in honor of Maloney, who leaves a wife and two children.

“Gregg cared deeply for all the people in this town,” vigil organizer told the crowd. “He cared for the children, his fellow officers. He was a brave father, husband, son and brother in blue.”

Maloney’s fellow officers joined the community at the vigil for prayers, music and tears

“This is our worst nightmare, obviously,” Plymouth police Chief Michael Botieri told WBZ-TV’s Jim Smith. “I’ve talked to quite a few chiefs and it’s something that you never want to go through.”

Botieri was touched by the support of the community.

“The townspeople did this on their own and we’re very appreciative of that,” he said.

There will be a wake for Maloney Monday afternoon at 3:00 at Memorial Hall in Plymouth.

His funeral Mass will be celebrated Tuesday morning at 11:00 at St. Peter’s Church in Plymouth.



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