By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- For one week a year, the residents and law enforcement in St. Lucie County stop and take a moment to remember and honor those that have lost their lives to defend St. Lucie County.
"From Sheriff Daniel S. Carlton, who made the ultimate sacrifice in May 1915, to Sgt. Gary Morales, who died Feb. 28 in service to the people of our county, we honor all those who lost their lives protecting our county's people," said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara. "All emergency services officers can face danger every day they put on the uniform. The observance of Law Enforcement Memorial Week reminds up all of this sobering fact."
The first event to take place will be a wreath-laying ceremony at 10 a.m. on May 13 at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, located at 4700 West Midway Road in Fort Pierce. The ceremony will honor six deputies and two sheriffs who lost their lives in the line of duty.
At the ceremony, St. Lucie County Commission Chair Tod Mowery will present a proclamation for Law Enforcement Week from the county.
On Thursday, May 16, the community is again invited, this time to a countywide law enforcement memorial service taking place at 7 p.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, located at 350 N.W. California Blvd. in Port St. Lucie.
The service will honor the fallen officers of St. Lucie County. The guest speaker at the event is the Honorable Dan L. Vaughn, the nineteenth judicial circuit county judge.
The ceremony will encompass all the different law agencies, with a combined honor guard of the Port St. Lucie Police Department, the Fort Pierce Police Department and the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office presenting the colors.
In addition, remembering the fallen will be St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara, Port St. Lucie Police Chief John A. Bolduc and Fort Pierce Police Chief R. Sean Baldwin.
Finally, a special event on May 17 will help to fund the 100 Club, a nonprofit that helps the families of fallen or injured emergency service officers.
Called Working Out for a Cause, the event will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Port St. Lucie Civic Center, and includes a memorial run for Sgt. Gary Morales, refreshments, music and children's activities. Cost for this event is $10.