NH Gov.: An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us

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April 19, 2012, 2:24 pm

(NECN/AP) - A New Hampshire police chief killed in the line of duty is being remembered as a hero who put fellow officers' lives first, a devoted family man and a dear friend.

Thousands of people gathered Thursday to attend a memorial service in Hampton for Greenland Police Chief Michael Maloney, who was days away from retirement when he was fatally shot last Thursday. He and other officers were trying to serve a warrant; four were injured.

The service was held at Winnacunnet High School, where Maloney graduated from. Participants sat in red, white and blue chairs, some forming the letters 'MM.'

Among the speakers at the high school where Maloney once played football was New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, who said people loved Michael because Michael loved people. Chief Maloney made people his priority, Gov. Lynch said, and he embraced the town like a father hugs his child.

Gov. Lynch said Chief Maloney thought not of himself, but of his brothers in law enforcement.

Protecting others is what brought Maloney to us and what took him away from us, the Governor said.

The four officers attended the service.

(Information from The Associated Press was used in this report)

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