Hundreds of law enforcement officers marched through the streets of Tallahassee this morning, paying tribute to fallen heroes. Among those honored by the governor today, Tallahassee Police SGT Dale Green. They gave the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, and they'll never be forgotten.
That was the message Monday at the 21st Annual Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Service, a Florida tradition that strikes close to home for Tallahassee's police force.
Emotions ran high as hundreds of law officers into the capitol city, reflecting on the year's tragedies that claimed the lives of Florida's five fallen heroes.
"It's always an emotional day because police officers, regardless where you work, there is a kinship or brotherhood."
A brotherhood that grieves together and heals together in the state of Florida.
"It’s sort of a way of healing and it serves a lot of purposes for us and the law enforcement family."
This year's ceremony touched many hearts in Tallahassee, especially those belonging to the family of Tallahassee Police SGT Dale Green who was shot and killed last November. A single rose was placed on a Florida silhouette, one more memory of her husband's sacrifice.
"It's helping but I understand it's going to take many years and we may never heal from this."
A feeling echoed by Green's closest friends.
"Healing, but will never be forgotten. Dale was a very special individual, a close personal friend of mine, he was a one of a kind."
Green was one of 13 fallen officers remembered Monday; five of who lost their lives last year and the other eight have not been recognized in the past.