Published: Aug 11, 2013 12:17 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY - Thousands of people gathered at the Charlotte Harbor Event Center Saturday morning to pay their respects to Sgt. Mike Wilson.

It was a day marked with tears, but also a day filled with smiles and even some laughter as friends and fellow law enforcement officers told heartwarming stories about the man who loved to have fun at the job he loved.

Kristen Skovira has more on the lighter side of a dark day.