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By: Eyewitness News; Whitney Ray; Lanetra Bennett; Troy Kinsey Email
By: Eyewitness News; Whitney Ray; Lanetra Bennett; Troy Kinsey Email

Fallen Officers Remembered at Memorial
by Lanetra Bennett

Tallahassee, FL --- May 7, 2012 --

Thirteen law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in the state of Florida last year.

Today, they were honored.

One of the speakers said that today's memorial was not a funeral ... because they've been to far too many of them...

Yet, the service was a celebration of all of the fallen officers' lives.

"That young man, criminal, murderer, took his life."

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster has had to deal with more officer deaths than any other mayor in Florida...

Three officers died in St. Petersburg last year.

Mayor Foster says, "These officers gave their lives doing something that they loved in the service of strangers. In the name of justice, protected the meek and the helpless from evil and those without a moral compass seeking to harm and to victimize. this is what they did every day."

Thirteen officers were killed in the line of duty last year, 60 were assaulted, 16 injured and of those, six injured so severely that they had to retire.

Family members placed a rose on a memorial to honor their fallen loved one...

Deborah Dobson's husband -- Florida Highway Patrolman J.B. Dobson -- died in a crash in 1991 in Suwannee County...

Dobson comes to the memorial every year.

Dobson says, "It means so much to us, he's been gone for so long and they've not forgotten us."

There have have three officers killed in the line of duty already in 2012.
Attorney General Pam Bondi's challenge says to everyone, whenever you see a man or woman in uniform, simply say thank you.

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Fallen Officers Honored at State Capitol
by Whitney Ray

Tallahassee, FL --- May 7, 2012 --

Florida’s crime rate is at a 41 year low, but it comes with a high price tag. As Whitney Ray tells us, 13 law enforcement officers killed on the job in 2011 were honored at the state capitol today.

Twenty-one guns saluted as helicopters flew overhead and the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line duty mourned. Governor Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi honored the 13 officers killed in 2011, and the survivors they left behind.

“We appreciate everything that you have been through and we can’t imagine what you have been through, but we continue to constantly pray for you and your families,” said Bondi.

Survivors placed roses in a Florida wreath, marking where their loved ones passed. Central Florida sacrificed most.

In early 2011, three St. Petersburg officers were killed. Two while serving an arrest warrant in late January.

“Sadly we have been to too many funerals,” said Bondi.

The St. Pete Mayor told the crowd the loss is still fresh in his mind.

“January 24th, 2011. That’s what I call my personal 911,” said Mayor Bill Foster.

The pain expressed by the elected officials is magnified in the faces of the survivors.

Florida’s crime rate is at a 41 year low, but in reaching that statistic 13 law enforcement officers lost their lives. That’s four more than died in 2010.

The end of the ceremony was marked by bagpipes playing Amazing Grace and a promise by state leaders to never to forget the officers.
Today marks the 30th annual Florida Law Enforcement Memorial. Since the state began keeping records, 713 officers have died in the line of duty.

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Tallahassee, FL --- May 7, 2012 - Noon -

Fallen officers across the state of Florida were honored on April 7th. The Fraternal Order of Police held its 30th annual law enforcement Officers' Memorial at the capitol.

The 2012 Law Enforcement Memorial March honors the memory of fallen officers during the last year. The Tallahassee Police Department, along with the Leon County Sheriff's Office, will support the event by providing assistance with traffic control. Each year countless officers are injured or killed in the line of duty. The Memorial March is an annual event sponsored by the Florida Fraternal Order of Police. It's the mission of the march to honor all law enforcement officers who gave their life in the line of duty.
The City of Tallahassee and the Tallahassee Police Department reminds our citizens to be aware of the road closures and seek alternate routes to avoid downtown congestion. Officers will be assigned at major intersections and will assist with directions and safety concerns.

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Tallahassee, FL --- May 7, 2012

The Florida Sheriff's Association hosts a law enforcement memorial ceremony at the capitol.

To view pictures, click on the "Photos" tab above.
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Tallahassee, FL --- May 6, 2012

The Florida Sheriff's Association will host a law enforcement memorial ceremony on Monday.

It will honor those who have given their lives in the line of duty.

May is a month dedicated to remembering those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of our citizens.

You can join the group in paying respect to these officers and their families at the Memorial Wall at the Florida Sheriffs Association Headquarters. That's located at 2617 Mahan Drive, Tallahassee, Florida, on Monday, May 7, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.

Speakers will include, Attorney General, Pam Bondi, FSA Executive Director, Steve Casey, FSA President, Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson and Sumter County Sheriff Bill Farmer.


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