LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County is paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Officers from across the region gathered together this morning for a local memorial service at the Lee County Sheriff's Office Headquarters.
The ceremony comes amid National Police Week, as communities across the country are honoring their own fallen officers.
Over the years, there have been 14 on-duty fatalities among the sheriff's office, Florida Highway Patrol, and the Fort Myers Police Department. A memorial outside the LSCO headquarters stands as a reminder of the of those officers. Sheriff Mike Scott says within the past year, there have been several close calls, but no names have been added to that memorial.
"We did have a busy year, confronted danger on many fronts, but thankfully the good guys came out on top," said Sheriff Scott.
Recording artist Dallas Bel has a special connection to law enforcement.
"I have a daughter that actually is getting ready to graduate from police academy," said Bel.
Bel performed her original song "End of Watch" during Wednesday morning's ceremony. She says wrote it in honor of the men and women who "watch over us, though their watch is over," as Bel says in the song.