Florida is honoring its law enforcement officers who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice and their families.
Loved ones and political leaders attended the 24th annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service at the state Capitol.
Six police officers and sheriff’s deputies died in the line of duty in 2005. Their relatives pinned roses to a memorial on the Capitol grounds and received condolences from the governor and other state leaders.
“Today’s a sad reminder that our safety sometimes comes at a high, extremely high price for these courageous men and women and their families."
"Today we also express our appreciation for all of Florida’s law enforcement officers for their good work, for their dedication to their communities, for their fight against crime and for their willingness to go above and beyond, whether it’s helping out a community member, serving as a first responder during hurricane season or putting their life on the line to protect us.”
To date, at least 668 law enforcement officers in Florida have died in the line of duty. Included in the six officers killed last year is Sgt. Kevin Kight of the Panama City Beach Police Dept.
Sgt. Kight was murdered during a routine traffic stop on Front Beach Road on Easter Sunday night 2005.