Heavy hearts filled the courtyard at the state capitol as five officers killed in the line of duty last year were remembered.
“Anything can turn deadly in a blink of an eye, and so sadly you had to find that out,” said Pam Bondi.
Key note speaker Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd lost one of his own deputies after agreeing to speak at the ceremony.
“I never imagined that one of my own deputies would lose his life in the line of duty just 10 days prior to this ceremony,” said Judd.
One by one, grieving family members pinned a rose to the area of Florida where their loved one died.
“When our law enforcement officers go to work, everyday they risk their lives for all of us,” said Bondi.
There are the five faces added to the Law Enforcement Officer Memorial site in Tallahassee. It’s something that’s been done every year since the site was erected in 2000.
“Sometimes it’s hard to find words to say,” said Michael Crews with the Department of Corrections.
Even as the fallen officers were being remembered, sheriff Judd had a message for criminals
“If you make one last bad choice by pointing a gun at any one of us, we will make one more good choice and shoot you graveyard dead,” said Sheriff Judd.
Three Florida officers have already been killed in the line of duty this year.