Published: Aug 12, 2013 12:54 PM EDT
Updated: Aug 12, 2013 2:02 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- The following was written by Sergeant Ingrid Sebastian of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office District 3 on behalf of the entire Sheriff’s Office to the citizens of Charlotte County:

"I sorrowfully had the occasion to attend Sgt. Mike Wilson’s funeral and the following procession afterwards. While the funeral was quite moving, the procession itself was a real eye opener.

The longer we work in this profession, the more unfriendly contacts we make and the more unpleasant memories we collect of the darker side of people. The inevitable happens. We begin to see darkness.

We sometime forget that there is a whole world of considerate and caring people out there that support us and the job we do. While those people don’t always understand the why and how of our job, they quietly continue to back us up, trusting in us and our agency to do the right thing.

Today (Saturday August 10), during this procession, I saw thousands of our Charlotte County citizens respectfully standing by the side of the road, in the heat, waving flags, giving thumbs up and saluting as we passed. Many were obviously crying. Numerous signs were being held up in tribute to Sgt. Wilson with some simply thanking Law Enforcement for the job we do.

While many likely knew Mike, quite a few probably did not, and I started to realize that our citizens were mourning with us. They stood there not just to honor Sgt. Wilson, but in appreciation of all Law Enforcement.

As I continued along this route with my eyes tearing up, I recognized that these fine and decent people are the reason most of us are willing to take on this difficult, dangerous task to serve and protect. Our views get dark every now and then and I would like to thank these compassionate people of Charlotte County for displaying a light today that will keep that darkness at bay for a long time.

Bravo!"