Deputy Barbara Pill's Funeral Held Today


WEST MELBOURNE, Florida - Thousands turned out for the funeral services for Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy Barbara Pill today.  Hundreds of Brevard County residents lined the 9-mile funeral procession route through Palm Bay, Melbourne, and West Melbourne while others attended the service at Calvary Chapel Melbourne.  

Businesses along the procession route flew flags at half-staff in a show of support and respect.  Hundreds of law enforcement personnel from around the state Florida also attended the ceremony to show their support for a fellow fallen officer.  Florida Governor Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and State Senator Mike Haridopolos attended the service.

One of Deputy Pill's sons, Melbourne Village Police Officer Ryan Pill said, "Our mom had great courage not only in police work, but in every day life" as he choked back tears while saying a few words at his mother's service.

"Honest, hardworking, enthusiastic" were the words used to describe Deputy Pill by Brevard County Sheriff Jack Parker.

The service concluded with the song 'Amazing Grace' played by bagpipes as Brevard County Sheriff's Office helicopters flew overhead. 

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