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Funeral arrangements set for fallen Hillsborough County deputy

He was about to retire when he was killed in the line of duty.

TAMPA, Fla. — Funeral arrangements have been set for the member of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office who was killed in the line of duty – just one shift away from retirement.

Investigators have charged a man with murder after they say he intentionally crashed into the driver's side of 54-year-old Master Corporal Brian LaVigne's cruiser on Lumsden Road.

On Wednesday, the sheriff's office announced arrangements for LaVigne, who is survived by his wife and two adult children. One of those children is a deputy with the agency.

The visitation and funeral will take place Jan. 19 at Idlewild Baptist Church, which is located at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Boulevard in Lutz. Both the visitation and funeral service will be open to the public.

The visitation will last from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the funeral service beginning at 11 a.m. Face masks are required inside the church, and temperature screenings will take place.

Parking for the general public will be on the eastern and southwestern sides of the church.

After the service, guests will be directed outside the church for a special ceremony that will follow before the procession.

The procession will go from the church to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office District V office, located at 10128 Windhorst Road in Tampa. It will leave the church at about 12:45 p.m.

There will be rolling traffic delays for about an hour on North Dale Mabry Highway, Bearss Avenue, I-275 North, I-4 East, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Falkenburg Road. 

The sheriff's office asks anyone who wants to pay their respects during the procession to do so from North Dale Mabry Highway, Bearss Avenue, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or Falkenburg Road. A map of the procession route can be found below. 

If you would like to make a donation to the LaVigne family, the sheriff's office is asking it to be made through the Lynn Sowers Memorial Foundation. Click here to learn more about donating.

In lieu of a physical memory book, a digital one has been made. Anyone wishing to leave a note in remembrance of Master Corporal LaVigne may email RIPLaVigne@teamhcso.com. The notes will be compiled and given to the LaVigne family. 

Credit: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office

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