Published: Aug 11, 2013 8:29 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- Stretching as far as the eye could see, flashing lights and sirens honored a fallen hero.
Nick and Cecilia McCann are volunteers with the sheriff's office. They passed out American flags before the procession began.

"It tells me that we have a great community. That people are stepping up to the plate and coming out and showing that we care. That we're all one. Together we can make a difference."

Along with passing out American flags people also continued to tie blue ribbons along the bridge to honor fallen Sergeant Michael Wilson.

"We really mourn his loss, but we can only thank God that he lived. He was a special, special. person," said Nick McCann.

Janet Staub released balloons as the hearse passed by. "Deputy Wilson was an awesome guy, an awesome father," she said. "My husband is a deputy here in town. They were all brothers and sisters. They were all partners. A senseless crime."

"He was a friend of my son's in high school. We lost touch after high school was out but you know, he lived here practically his whole life," said Debi Woding. 

A somber procession honoring a man who died doing what he loved.