Fort Myers police honor fallen

Colleen Hogan

Fort Myers police honor fallen

CREATED May. 13, 2013 - UPDATED: May. 13, 2013

FORT MYERS, Fla. -  A candlelight vigil was held Monday morning at the Fort Myers Police Department to honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Four In Your Corner's Colleen Hogan was at the emotional ceremony.

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A massive American flag - suspended from a fire truck - is the backdrop to the fallen officers memorial in front of the police department.

Several dozen friends and family members of fallen officers, as well as local dignitaries and law enforcement officials were in attendance. A law enforcement officer sang two songs during the ceremony and a bagpiper played Amazing Grace while the crowd lit candles. 

The Starks family also in attendance. They lost their son Daniel almost ten years ago. Mom Cathy wears a special necklace with her son's name and a FMPD charm to remember her son.

"We look at each day that passes as one day closer to being reunited with our son," dad Jerry said.

Tragically - Daniel was killed the first day on the job - an accident on the road.

"He flipped his car three times, killed him instantly," Cathy explained.

The Starks say it's not just about remembering the lost - it's also about thanking those who currently serve.

"They're wonderful young men and women and they deserve a lot more credit than they get," she said.

In all - six Ft. Myers police officers have lost their lives on the job since 1930. Two police canine officers have also been killed in the line of duty. The most recent was Roscoe- killed during a robbery in 2010.

Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@jrn.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colleen Hogan, reporter
chogan@jrn.com

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