|Published:||Aug 06, 2013 5:44 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Aug 06, 2013 5:48 PM EDT|
MARCO ISLAND, Fla. - Sheriff Ken Mascara with the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office knows first hand what it is like to lose a deputy.
"I remember the morning, I remember the time, I remember the car. I just remember everything about it," said Sheriff Mascara.
Mascara said that morning was February 28th, 2013. Sergeant Gary Morales was on routine patrol.
"He attempted to stop a vehicle, which it did eventually stop. The driver of the vehicle exited and opened fire on Sgt. Morales before he could even exit his vehicle."
Sergeant Morales died on scene. It had been almost a century since the county lost a deputy to gunfire.
"my community, our community grieved with us and that was just overwhelming for me."
That even included the law enforcement community from the state of Florida. And now they are grieving the loss of Sgt. Mike Wilson.
"Everybody depends on one another particularly in Southwest Florida. We know one another, we work together, on a regular basis, so we are family," said Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk.
The state's sherrifs are all together this week, training with the Florida Sheriff's Association, discussing cops in crisis and ways agencies can help other officers.
"It's a major traumatic event for not only those police officers who are there, but all of their families, and their children and all of the adjacent agencies. We always talk about cops out there helping people and the reality is there are times when cops need help," said Ken Sewell, a consultant with the Florida Sheriff's Association.