Florida Sheriffs honor fallen officers

TALLAHASSEE, Florida (Tallahassee.com) - The Florida Sheriff's Association is holding its annual memorial ceremony to honor fallen officers.

Families, law enforcement members and other local community members are on hand Monday afternoon to add seven officers' names to the memorial wall at the FSA headquarters. Attorney General Pam Bondi is among the list of speakers.

On Monday morning, bagpipes sounded for the death of 14 law enforcement officers being honored at this year's memorial, but the weekend death of FHP Trooper Chelsea Richard weighed on everyone's mind.

Richard, a tow truck driver and a pedestrian were killed when they were hit by a pickup truck while working a traffic crash on I-175.

A moment of silence was held for Richard.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers, families and friends met to pay homage to those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Each family placed a rose on a state map in the area where their loved one had lost his life.

Among those were four deputies killed in 2013 and another three law enforcement members killed in 2011. Seven other recently-discovered slain officers and deputies were honored as well.

The month of May is dedicated to honoring fallen officers.

Last year was the first event held at the memorial wall. The fallen officers' ceremony is expected to continue to take place there.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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