CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Charlotte County community continues to support the family of a fallen deputy. Sergeant Mike Wilson was shot and killed last month as he responded to a domestic violence call.
Local artist, Chip Hwass says he knows what Wilson's loved ones are going through and wanted to give something back.
"I believe if you always love someone they are never lost," Hwass said.
Hwass says the death of Sgt. Wilson hits close to home. His brother, Henry Minard, was shot and killed in the line of duty more than 40 years ago.
"When I saw that I felt kind of a kinship for him, his family at least because same thing happened to my brother who was shot in the back in 1972 in Hollywood, Florida. He was the first policeman ever killed there," he said.
Now he says art allows him to channel years of loss and pain into something useful and beautiful. The Punta Gorda artist specializes in artisan guitars and says he's creating two custom instruments to benefit the Wilson family.
"I didn't want to make an 'end of watch' statement here. This was not about the man's death, it was about his service and his life," he said.
He says every unique detail holds special meaning and took weeks to design.
"I tried to make it representative of the Charlotte County Sheriff's Department. I just put the star on there, gold and white, I put teardrops for the fret markers and I put officer Wilson's name on the headstock," he said.
The two tribute guitars will be donated to the fund raiser at Porky's Roadhouse on October sixth.
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