HAMPTON, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) - Thousands of people gathered today in Hampton, New Hampshire to pay their respects to Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney.
Chief Maloney was shot to death last week as he and other police officers were attempting to serve a warrant at a Greenland home.
Law enforcement officers, federal, local, and state officials, friends, and family all attended Chief Maloney's memorial service... held at his alma mater Winnacunnet High School. The service was held on the field where chief Maloney played sports as a teenager.
Those who spoke during the service remembered Chief Maloney as a role model, family man, and someone who was dedicated to protecting the citizens he served.
The support from law enforcement at the service was overwhelming. In all about 6-thousand police officers were expected to attend the service.
It was quite a scene as they descended on Hampton and took part in the remembrance of Chief Maloney.
The procession arrived at the Winnacunnet athletic field with dozens of police officers from throughout New England on motorcycles. They were followed by honor guards from several police and fire departments. Then the rest of the officers marched in. Several thousand in all. They came in groups, some made up of single departments, others representing entire states.
"We're here for Chief Maloney's family and to pay tribute to a friend, a father, and a brave officer who paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Colonel Bob Quinn of the New Hampshire State Police.
It was a lengthy memorial service lasting a little more than two hours. It was filled with memories ceremonies and prayers. It was a fitting tribute to a man who lost his life while serving his community.