Jackson County, FL -- May 16, 2012 --
It's been more than five years since Jackson County deputies lost two of their co-workers in a shoot-out. This morning, the law enforcement community honored them.
While flags flew at half staff, a bugler played taps and a bagpipe honored the dead. Wednesday's memorial ceremony at the Jackson County Sheriff's Office remembered those who've died in the line of duty in the last year. But it's also a chance to remember those local officers who also gave their lives to their community.
Madeline Altman's son, Deputy Michael Altman was killed in a shootout with 2 gunmen in January 2007. The men were following then sheriff Johnny McDaniel's wife Millie, home from her job at the Sheriff's Office.
The McDaniel's were talking on the phone at the time. The Sheriff dispatched everyone to the scene. Altman was the first to arrive.
The gunman killed Millie McdDniel and Altman, before other deputies killed them during the shoot-out.
Altman says, "It means a lot knowing he's not forgotten that he'll always be remembered.That's important to me that my son is never forgotten."
Sheriff Lou Roberts says he hopes all family members have gained a sense of peace, and an understanding of the sacrifices our law enforcement officials make each day.
"We don't want to ever forget...Someone's death that gave the ultimate sacrifice while protecting its citizens has so much meaning and so much special character to those guys."
Nine law enforcement officers were remembered in today's service.
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