Friday, May 20, 2011

CCSO, Community Pay Respects To Fallen Officers

A candlelight vigil honoring fallen law enforcement officers was held at the Law Enforcement Memorial in front of the Collier County Sheriff’s Office in East Naples on Thursday evening.

The nighttime vigil, which was open to the public, included an address from Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk, the presentation of colors by the CCSO Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance by Lt. Rene Gonzales, and the National Anthem by Cpl. Sylee Gibson.

While the Harp & Thistle Pipe Band played “Amazing Grace,” family members of fallen officers lit candles and placed flowers on a table in honor of their loved one. Naples Police Chief Tom Weschler and Marco Island Police Chief Thom Carr joined Sheriff Rambosk in lighting the vigil candles.

Sgt. Dave Estes sang, “I Will Not Say Goodbye.” The vigil also featured a flyover by the CCSO Aviation Bureau and the playing of “Taps.”

Saundra Batrez’ father, CCSO Sgt. Roy Arthur Williams, was killed a single-vehicle crash in 1991 when she was 8 years old. Helping to wrap up the ceremony honoring law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty, Batrez read a poem she penned as a teenager paying tribute to her father.

Photos by Kristi Lester/CCSO(5)