A group of children left balloons Wednesday in Weymouth, Massachusetts, at the ever-growing memorial for Michael Chesna.
The Weymouth Police sergeant, an Army combat veteran, husband and father of two small kids was killed Sunday in the line of duty.
"We have to pay our respects for those people out there fighting for us every day," said Amy Sowinski of Norwell.
"We are devastated by it, and all the public servants, every day, they put their life on the line," said Larry Schrall of Weymouth.
Earlier Wednesday, Sgt. Chesna's wife, Cindy, laid a wreath at that same memorial. She wore an Army hat, a wedding band and dog tags around her neck.
Her family is trying to hold on.
"I appreciate everyone saying it will be OK, but it isn't going to be OK for us," said Chesna's brother-in-law, Joe Comperchio.
Sgt. Chesna's wake will be held Thursday from 4-8 p.m. at St. Mary's Church in Hanover. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday, also at St. Mary's.
The services are only open to family and friends.
A $100,000 check was donated Thursday from the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation to the Chesna family to help with their mortgage. Those who would like to donate to the organization's efforts to help the Chesna family can click here.