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23rd Law Enforcement Memorial Service Held

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Law enforcement officers from all across Florida traveled to the state capital this past Monday for the 23rd Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service to honor fallen officers. At the service, officers remembered the thirteen Florida law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty this past year.

Sgt.  Brown's parents, sister and son attend the memorial event.
Sgt. Andy Brown's parents, sister and son attend the memorial event.

Col. Knight with Trooper Haywood's family.
Col. Knight with Trooper Darryl Haywood's family.

The solemn, hour-long ceremony on the steps of the Old Capitol followed a parade through downtown Tallahassee. After the names of each fallen officer were announced, hundreds of law enforcement officers stood at attention for the playing of taps. The parade and the memorial service were organized by the state lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Trooper Haywood's widow places a rose in memory of her husband.
Trooper Darryl Haywood's widow places a rose
in memory of her husband.

At the service, Governor Jeb Bush addressed the crowd of officers gathered at the Capitol with these words: "I'm comforted that Floridians are more secure thanks to all of you who work on the front lines every day, serving as our first response and our last defense. You risk your lives so that Florida's a safer place for the rest of us to live. That safety often comes at an extremely high price, paid by the sacrifice of our law enforcement officers."

Bush told reporters he plans to sign several law enforcement-related measures into law soon, including the Deputy James M. Weaver Act, which increases death benefits for the families of officers killed in the line of duty.

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