GREENLAND, NH (NEWS CENTER) -- Next Friday, April 12, marks one year since Greenland, New Hampshire's police chief, Michael Maloney, was shot and killed during a drug arrest.
4 other officers were wounded, and the shooter's girlfriend, Brittany Tibbets of South Berwick, also was killed.
The town of Greenland is planning what it hopes to be an understated vigil to remember its chief.
Feelings in town are still raw over Chief Maloney's death. Town officials are hoping, though, to put the tragedy behind them on this anniversary, while keeping their memories of Maloney alive.
They're planning a brief remembrance and moment of silence out front of the police station at 5 p.m. on the 12th. That night, Greenland Central School has it's annual talent show, and part of the proceeds will go towards sending Greenland police officers to Washington, D.C. to a ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
Volunteers have been putting together black ribbons with a thin blue line for people to wear in the chief's honor next Friday as well. And police officers plan on taking some time to themselves that day.
They say what they really want is for the one year anniversary to be the time we stop talking about the chief's death, while continuing to focus on his passions in life.
Sgt. Dawn Sawyer said, "He was a fun loving guy. He lived life a thousand percent and I don't want to say 100 percent because he was always living his life. And that's one good thing you could say it's not like he was waiting for retirement to live his life."
Officers hope that some other events coming up, like the Chief Maloney Unity Run on April 28, will be a chance to memorialize the chief without the sadness. Money raised goes towards scholarships and community projects in the Seacoast area.