The union said in a statement “we did not want to risk the chance of having these flags removed from the trucks in a disrespectful manner,” so members of the Weymouth police union did the job instead.
Thin blue line flag made by Johnin
Police officers remove a Thin Blue Line flag in Hingham (WBZ-TV)
“It came to the point that we knew that an order for it to come down for one individual to remove the flags. We didn’t want that individual to have to take the brunt of whatever punishment came his way if he refused to do so,” said Lt. Chris Melanson.
The flags was slated to continue to fly at the Weymouth police station. However, Thursday night, the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts tweeted a letter, which said that the Thin Blue Line Flags that were on the Hingham fire trucks would be displayed on fire trucks around the state.
“The thin blue line flag originally hung by Hingham Firefighters in honor of Sgt. Chesna will be making a tour around Massachusetts to be flown from fire trucks in communities that support public safety,” the letter from Rich MacKinnon Jr., president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, read.
When the tour is concluded, the flag will be presented to the Chesna family.