ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. - 111 members of law enforcement died last year in this country.
Among them, one death hits close to home on the Treasure Coast.
Wednesday morning Sgt. Gary Morales, of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, was among those honored at the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Week Ceremony in Fort Pierce.
Sgt. Morales was shot and killed during a traffic stop last year.
His wife and family were in attendance as were his parents, who were in Tallahassee over the weekend as their son’s name was placed on the law enforcement memorial at the state capital.
"Beyond our expectation. It was very beautiful and very comforting," Morales’ father William Morales said.
"It's not only for the families, it's not only for us, it's for our community to realize how grateful we are,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.
The sheriff's office held its ceremony a week earlier this year so Sgt. Morales' family can join the sheriff in Washington at the national memorial next week.