Waltham First Responders Join Flag Recognition for Fallen Officer

Published by Chris Wangler- October 2, 2020.

Waltham firefighters joined other fire departments Friday when they received a Thin Blue Line flag to honor a police officer killed in the line of duty.
Waltham police officers also gathered in front of Central Station to recognize late Weymouth Police Sergeant Michael Chesna.
In July 2018, Sgt. Chesna was attacked with a rock, disarmed and fatally shot while responding to a call for an erratic driver. The suspect also shot and killed an elderly Weymouth woman.
A statement from Waltham Firefighters Local 866 Union said, “the flag has been going all over the state visiting firehouses in support of the Chesna family and all other families that have lost police officers in the line of duty.”
The flag effort started after a controversial decision by the Town of Hingham this summer.
To honor Sgt. Chesna on the second anniversary of his death, Hingham firefighters flew Thin Blue Line flags on town fire trucks alongside American flags.
The Town of Hingham removed the flags, saying they violated a rule against political messaging on town property.
The controversy inspired the flag tour. One of the removed flags has traveled across the state in a show of solidarity from Massachusetts firefighters.
Local police often join the effort, as they did in Waltham on Friday.
After the Thin Blue Line flag completes its journey, it will be presented to Sgt. Chesna’s widow Cindy and her two children.
Photos: Peter Lobo; Weymouth Police Department