GREENLAND, N.H. (NEWS CENTER) -- Police officers in Greenland, New Hampshire had a chance to smile Friday, six months after their chief was shot and killed during a drug raid.
Fellow officers and friends from all over seacoast New Hampshire came to Greenland's police station to dedicate the new Chief Michael Maloney Memorial Patrol room. Maloney was a veteran police officer, and was chief in Greenland for 12 years.
He was just days away from retirement when he was killed.
Members of the department say his loss has been felt deeply, but the outpouring of local support has helped. Area businesses and the Portsmouth Rotary Club donated money and materials to create the new patrol room, and a local artist painted a portrait of Maloney to keep his memory with them every day.
Greenland's current chief Tara Laurent, who had been chosen for the job before Maloney's death, says the past six months have been difficult for all of them. In a speech during the ceremony, Laurent asked the crowd to provide the blessing for the new space with the ideals Maloney believed in: "We will bless this room with integrity, with honesty, pride, teamwork, genuine friendship, dedication and a love for family. This is what Mike was about."
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch said Chief Maloney was a hero to everyone in the state. Maloney's wife said "Greenland was a very special place for him"", and said the police department was his second family, and hers, too.