Police Department Grieving Fallen Officer Gifted Free Tickets from Taylor Swift


The city of Weymouth, Massachusetts, is mourning the loss of a police officer killed in the line of duty on July 15.

Sgt. Michael Chesna, 42, was investigating a car crash when he was shot and killed.

Chesna left behind his wife, Chelsea Chesna, and two children, as well as a host of friends, family, and relatives who were shocked by the sudden loss.

The community came together to honor Chesna’s life.

Not only was he a police officer, but Chesnea was a U.S. Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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“I would like to tell you that I love you more than anything in this world and that you are my best friend and best dad the kids could ever have,” Cynthia Chesna wrote in a letter to her late husband, which was read at the funeral.

“I will make sure the kids know how great you are and how fortunate I was to have you in my life.”

The tragedy occurred just weeks before superstar Taylor Swift came into town on her Reputation Stadium Tour.

When Swift found out the small town south of Boston was grieving such a tragic loss, she decided to reach out.

Weymouth Mayor Robert Hedlund said that Swift donated “a significant number of tickets” to the town, just in time for her 3-night performance at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

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The tickets were given out to local police officers and firefighters in the community. Extra tickets were passed on to nearby police departments in Quincy and Hingham.

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Hedlund said Swift and her team made the gesture in a quiet manner.

“My understanding is that they did it low-key and weren’t looking for publicity,” Hedlund said.

“There were enough to send every police officer, firefighter and extended family to the concert, and then some.”

While of course, an evening of entertainment can’t take away the pain of Chesna’s loss, an opportunity for loved ones to gather together is important in the healing process.

“The gesture was absolutely generous, significant and appreciated,” Hedlund said.

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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