First Responders Appreciation Overpass Dedication

posted by Walt Perkins - 

The Route 149 Bridge over Route 6 is now officially the First Responders Appreciation Overpass.

Dedication ceremonies were held Tuesday to honor first responders on the Cape and the nation.

Hyannis Fire Department Deputy Chief, Dean Melanson, was among the many first responders on hand for the ceremony.

“It shows respect for the work that the First Responders are doing,” said Melanson. “It shows respect to the First Responders who aren’t with us anymore who suffered grievous injuries or lost their life in the performance of their duty."

"That’s who I’m here to pay homage to today. I don’t look at it as it’s something for me, it’s something to say ‘thank you’ to those people who have come before me and done wonderful work.”

The Iron Order International Motorcycle Club-Cape Canal Crew purchased the flagpole that rises in the middle of the roundabout just east of the overpass. The club, through the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program, adopted the Exit 5 area and will police it of trash and litter going forward.

The event took place on National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson led a moment of silence at the start of the event in honor of slain Yarmouth K9 Sgt. Sean Gannon, killed in the line of duty on April 12.

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