Florida Capitol Pays Tribute to Fallen Law Enforcement Officers

An annual memorial to remember Florida law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty took place in Tallahassee on Sunday night.

All 960 names of law enforcement personnel killed in Florida since 1840 were read aloud to start the event. A candlelight vigil was held at its conclusion, and family members read out the names of their loved ones who had passed away.

In 2017, one mother, Norma Lewis, lost her son.

“Life is not easy,” Lewis said. “I miss the telephone calls. I miss the ‘I love you’s.’”

Lewis urged the 11 families who lost a loved one in the line of duty in the previous year to seek help from their neighborhood.

The service on Sunday was attended by Christopher Fariello’s family, a Tallahassee police officer. Fariello died while performing his duties in June of last year.

“It’s always much more difficult when you lose one of your own,” TPD Chief Lawrence Revell said. “And I’m sure each team chief, each sheriff would stand there and say the same thing. This year, we lost Chris, and Rick and Theresa are both here. So we’re gonna make sure that we do everything to support them.”

The best way to remember a loved one lost in the line of duty, Lewis concluded, is to continue their legacy of service.

“So the days that you feel like crying, go ahead and cry,” she said. “But don’t cry all day. If you used up five tissues, it’s time to stop. And the reason I say that, because you need that energy to help someone else.”

In this way, Florida Police Week, which begins on Monday, is set up. As a part of that week of remembering, there will be a march in Tallahassee on Monday morning.

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