ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - Dave and Nancy Roberts have stood in the same place each May for more than a decade. The Port St. Lucie couple listens for the now familiar biography.
"Steve was a family man and an avid horseman," begins St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
In February of 1999, one of the Roberts' sons, St. Lucie County Master Deputy Steve Roberts, was on his way to a traffic accident north of Ft. Pierce when his motorcycle was struck. He died at the hospital a month later. He was 38. Monday, the Roberts family placed a wreath outside the sheriff's office to commemorate Law Enforcement Memorial Week.
"We've been doing it for 12 years and it gets to us every year. It's like reliving it every year. It still brings tears every now and then, " said Dave Roberts.
The Robertses have always been about family. They raised nine children on their own. Then recently, they waged an 18-month court battle to adopt their great-grandaughter. Five year-old Nancy Marie is a shining face that alleviates some of the pain. The little girl's picture is in Dave Roberts' wallet, next to a memorial badge of his son. That's not the only permanent reminder the Robertses hold onto. The sheriffs office building on Midway Road is named in honor of Steve Roberts.
"We drive by and check it out. It means a lot to us," said Dave Roberts.