INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Following the tragic loss of three law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge on Sunday, four deputies from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office are returning from Dallas where they represented the Sheriff’s agency at the memorial service for five law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty.
“On July 7 in Dallas, the law enforcement community suffered our single deadliest day since September 11, 2001. We immediately knew that we wanted to send our Honor Guard Team to represent everyone at the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. We are humbled and honored that our partners at Communications International generously donated the funds to cover the cost of their trip,” said Indian River County Sheriff Deryl Loar.
Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies Fletcher McClellan, Chris Lester, Brian Bell, and Jorge Payne left early Friday morning on a flight for Dallas. On Saturday, along with thousands of other law enforcement officers and honor guard teams from around the country, they participated in the memorial ceremony for Dallas Police Officers Michael Krol, Patrick Zamarripa, Corporal Lorne Ahrens, Sergeant Michael Smith, and Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police Officer Brent Thompson.
“Our Honor Guard team practices often and is always recognized as a top performing team at local parades and ceremonies. In the past, they have traveled within Florida to honor fallen law enforcement heroes,” Loar said.
The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank everyone who has called, messaged, and dropped off items of appreciation. Your recognition means so much to all of our employees.