Volume 18, No. 3, Summer 2010
TALKING AWAY THE TEARS: Dr. Kathy Davis and Lt. Steven Xiarhos in a counseling session through the Transitions Program. Photo by Jay Elliott.
Yarmouth Police Lieutenant Steven Xiarhos recalls only a few details from last year’s wake and funeral for his 21-year-old son, Marine Cpl. Nicholas Xiarhos.
The entire community had turned out to mourn the loss of his son, tragically killed while serving in Afghanistan. Lieutenant Xiarhos does remember standing for 10 hours straight in the packed Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School gym, at one point seeing Governor Deval Patrick and Senator John Kerry behind him and the casket lying in state before them all.
“I thought I was going to lose it,” Lieutenant Xiarhos said recently. “But then I looked over and saw one woman sitting there calmly. Our eyes met and it just settled me. Her presence brought me peace and confidence; I don’t know how, but it did.”
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