The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office honors fallen heroes

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office continued its annual tradition Friday of honoring all the deputies who were killed in the line of duty.

PBSO hasn't experienced a loss like this in almost seven years but the memory of their fallen officers is always with them.

"He was a really good deputy. [I'm] choking back tears today," said Gary Dickinson who lost his brother James in 1989.

Gary and James became deputies together. Gary worked with the Broward County Sheriff's Office and James with Palm Beach County. James was only 29 when he was shot while serving a court order.

"He was dedicated, good morals, and really dedicated to what he was doing," said Dickinson.

A rose was placed in front of the pictures of 16 fallen deputies dating back to 1921. Some died in shootings, crashes, high-speed police chases or from injuries sustained on the job.

"When you go to work that's what you think, it won't happen to my husband, my brother but it can happen and it happens every day," said Dickinson.

All of the deputies' badges were masked in black this morning.