PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla - Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Prummell can't believe it's already been a year.
"We're all kind of dealing with it in our own way," Prummell told WINK News anchor Cayle Thompson Tuesday afternoon.
On August 5th, 2013, CCSO Sergeant Michael Wilson was gunned down in the line of duty, the first deputy to respond to a domestic disturbance at the Lakes of Tuscana Apartments near Veteran's Boulevard. The gunman, Jay Vanko, then shot and killed himself.
Sgt. Wilson's death was the first in 30 years for Charlotte County. Deputy Curtis Moore was killed in a traffic accident in April 1983.
"We don't want to keep reliving that night," Prummell said. "We want to remember Mike for the living Deputy Sheriff that he was."
Prummell and his deputies wore black bands across their sheriff's badges Tuesday. Prummell also wore a handmade black bracelet, intertwined with a thin blue line. Civilians in the office wore blue, the same color that painted Charlotte County the day of Sgt. Wilson's funeral.
Sgt. Wilson, 42, was a 20-year veteran of the department. He is survived by his wife and three children. Prummell says they are doing well, and still live in the area. He traveled with the family to Tallahasee and Washington, D.C., for a series of memorials honoring fallen officers around the country.
"If you were to ask me if I ever thought I would lose a deputy in the line of duty, no," Prummel said. "It was the furthest thing from my mind that something like that would happen in Charlotte County."
Equally unexpected was the overwhelming support that poured in from all over the country, Prummell said. Hundreds - if not thousands - of cards and letters from law enforcement organizations across the nation. It was so much, it moved Prummell to begin responding anytime, anywhere an officer falls in the line of duty.
"It's sad because everyday, every week, I'm signing a card," Prummell told WINK News. "It's heartbreaking. It's a different world out there."