Hundreds gathered at the Alachua County Law Enforcement Memorial to honor fallen deputies

Law Enforcement Memorial

Hundreds of community members as well as Law Enforcement Officers came to Kanapaha Park to honor the officers who could not be there.

Roses were placed on a wreath to represent each officer who died in the line of duty.

"I lost my husband in 1994, he worked for the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office," Janis Lampe said.

Law Enforcement agencies from all over Alachua County stood in uniform with pride and honor

"We take this time to honor our brothers and sisters who have fallen in the line of duty and get to commemorate their families as well," Officer Gilberto Gonzalez with the Gainesville Police Department said.

Families of survivors grieved, and shared stories of their brave loved ones. Loved ones that may have passed this year and others that passed decades ago.

"It's still emotional for me sometimes it's a little harder," Lampe said. "We never get over our loss. ..but we do learn to function and we find a new normal that we help our new survivors accomplish," she said.

Blue lights shined bright in the crowd, as everyone gave a moment of silence to all Alachua County deputies who died in 2017.

"I'm definitely proud to be a part of this family... it's all I can ask for," Officer Gonzalez said.

He said this law enforcement family is a bond, that cannot be broken.

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