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Local Fallen Officers Being Honored In Fort Myers

A rainy morning at Centennial Park in Fort Myers was spent remembering law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

The memorial service started at 9:00 a.m. and was hosted by the Southwest Florida Public Service Academy.

This coincides with Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15 and Police Week.

Despite falling rain, law enforcement from across Lee County gathered in Centennial Park in Fort Myers to “Honor Courage and Salute Sacrifice.”

Lt. Donnie Fewell said it’s about keeping the memory of those who’ve been killed in the line of duty alive.

“We give our all to protect our community, keep everybody safe and when an officer dies in the line of duty we feel it’s our part that they never should be forgotten for that sacrifice,” he said.

That’s a sacrifice Srgt. Anita Iriarte said officers will never forget.

“Once the officer or deputies pass we really want them to know that they’re part of our family through their entire life,” she said.

Lt. Fewell has been coming to these ceremonies for 35 years, because that’s when he lost his brother Cpl. Ronnie Fewell.

“He was my twin brother, we were identical twins. I remember the last time I saw him, I had been diagnosed with cancer and he held my head as I was sick. When he left me he said, ‘Donnie, I love you, I’ll see you later,’ and I’ll see him in heaven,” Fewell said.

The families and friends of Crpl. Fewell, 14 other officers and two canines will never forget the sacrifice they made for this community.

The ceremony was open to the public.