By Dawn Krebs
ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- The overcast sky reflected the somber mood of those who attended the wreath-laying ceremony held on May 13 at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office.
Family members, friends and law enforcement gathered as St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara recognized the sacrifices made by six deputies, including two Sheriffs who lost their lives in the line of duty.
"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," Sheriff Mascara said in a press release. "All emergency services officers can face danger every day they put on the uniform. The observance of Law Enforcement Memorial Week reminds us all of this sobering fact."
At the ceremony, presided over by the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Chaplain David Thompson, included a special proclamation presented by Commission Chairman Tod Mowery. The proclamation supported the Board of County Commissioners' support of Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
During the ceremony, Sheriff Mascara spoke of a three-pronged approach to recognize the people he calls "fallen heroes."
The first two prongs he described was to remember them on the anniversary of their deaths and to better identify memorials named in their honor.
To illustrate this, they uncovered the front of the building to reveal it now has been named after Master Deputy Steve Roberts.
The third prong, he said, was more extensive.
"A proper memorial wall including all of our fallen heroes, will be erected here on the lawn," Sheriff Mascara told the crowd.
The goal is to have the memorial completed by next year.