FORT MYERS, Fla.- The sound of music will echo throughout the Charlotte County Events Center on Saturday, as thousands come to say goodbye to Sgt. Michael Wilson.
A group of emergency service members will help in their healing. We met those men and women of Guns and Hoses Pipes and Drums of Southwest Florida, as they prepared to honor Sgt. Wilson.
On Saturday, Sgt. Michael Wilson will be honored as a hero, a husband and a father.
"That will be the toughest for people, because when they play the tones and give the last call, that's it," said retired Deputy-Chief John McMahon.
He came face-to-face with gunfire, and a single bullet took his life.
"The call is a very small part of the job, the most important thing is what we do for our brothers and sisters, and that's being there for them, through good times and bad times," said McMahon.
The Guns and Hoses Pipes and Drums of Southwest Florida will honor the man killed in the line of duty.
"The first thing you feel is sadness, because that's the reality, but that's the part of the job we signed up for as emergency service workers, knowing that what you do may not be good enough and you might not be coming home," said McMahon.
This group of men and women play a bagpipe or beat a drum, as a promise they made when they first entered into this band of brother and sisterhood..
"We know that when you go an respond to an emergency, no matter how little it may be, it can turn tragedy that quick," said McMahon.
That promise is to make sure their own are taken care of.
"A serious situation occurred in Charlotte County, an officer goes down, and we step up and we are their for their family, them and of course the department," said McMahon.
The band is made up of police, firefighters, EMS and retired military.