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Western Mass. Officers Lend Support for Fallen Officer

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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Over 100 law enforcement officers from western Mass. boarded Peter Pan buses Wednesday morning to make the trip to Cambridge to honor Officer Sean Collier.

The men and women in blue from western Mass. prepare to board buses. Their destination: a service to commemorate slain MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.

“It’s important that all of the police officers show solidarity for not only officer Collier, but for all the people that were injured during this terrorist incident. The message is that we all hang together and hang tight and when hurt one of us you hurt us all,” says Springfield Police Commissioner William Fitchet.

The unbreakable bond was evident last summer when officers from across the country showed up to pay respects to fallen Springfield Police Officer Kevin Ambrose.

“These officers from Boston came up when Kevin was killed in the line of duty. We like to show the same respect they showed Kevin, we like to show Sean. That’s why we will have about 100 guys to go down,” adds Springfield Police Det. Kevin Burnham

The Salvation Army will be there in their familiar role of assisting first responders in their times of need

“The Salvation Army always considers its responsibility to help the first responders. It’s part of what we do so anytime anything like this happens. We want to come out and support first responders and police because this is a difficult day for them.”

“You get a bond and a camaraderie. Whether your from Boston or Pittsfield, it’s just guys know what the jobs about,” Burnham says.

Today, the job is about never forgetting the sacrifice of one of their own.