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Florida honors fallen law enforcement heroes

3:46 PM, May 6, 2013   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Floridians shared hugs and tears as the state paused to honor law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice last year.

On Monday, bagpipes wailed at the black granite Memorial Wall at the Florida Sheriffs Association headquarters in Tallahassee.

The wall lists the names of 346 Florida officers who died in the line of duty.

Now the wall includes three more sheriff's officers from 2012: Deputy Barbara Pill of Brevard County, Deputy Christopher Schaub of Broward County and Detective David White of Clay County.

Friends and colleagues made stone rubbings of names etched on the wall.

A total of five law enforcement officers died in the line of duty in Florida last year.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi said they served selflessly and made the ultimate sacrifice to protect others.

"All of the names said today are true heroes and deserve our utmost respect and recognition. It's an honor to share this day with so many family members, fellow deputies, sheriffs and friends who've lost loved ones in the line of duty."

The ceremony also included a moment of silence and a riderless horse for Polk County Master Deputy Joseph Shane Robbins and Sgt. Gary Morales of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, who both died earlier this year.

Dave Heller

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