PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla. (CW44 News at 10) – It was an emotional day for Pinellas County, as community members gathered to remember and honor fallen Pinellas County MP Michael J. Magli.
Deputy Magli was killed in the line of duty last Wednesday while attempting to arrest a suspected drunk driver, and on Tuesday he was laid to rest.
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Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said: “It was a day that we feared we would never come and hoped he never would, as this is our first and hopefully our last. death in the performance of our duties.
Stephanie Magli, Deputy Magli’s wife said: “I love her so much. I wish it was different.
It was a tearful day at Idlewild Baptist Church.
“Michael is my best friend. He was my partner, ”said Stephanie Magli.
A day that Michael Magli’s wife, Stephanie, had been trying to prepare for almost a week.
“I tried and I tried and everything I wrote didn’t feel real to me. I didn’t feel like I could express what I was feeling, ”said Stephanie Magli.
Pinellas County MP Magli died last Wednesday while attempting to stop a suspected drunk driver.
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“Mike knew this guy had to be arrested because he was going to seriously injure or kill someone. Mike parked his car on the middle and prepared to deploy stopping sticks when the bad guy rolled down the road and hit him. Mike did everything right, ”said Gualtieri.
Magli’s brother said: “I know he did an extremely courageous act that saved countless lives, and for that my family and I are proud of our hero MP Michael James Magli, my big brother. .
After seven years with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, a call to MP Magli last Wednesday went unanswered. With a solute of 21 cannons, an overview and a procession, the deputy Magli and his family, including two young girls, were honored.
“He loved our daughters, he loved our daughters so much,” said Stephanie Magli.
He was laid to rest at Trinity Memorial Gardens on Tuesday to be remembered forever.
“I love him so much. I don’t want to say goodbye. I’m not ready. Eleven years was not long enough,” said Stephanie Magli.
“Stéphanie, we will always be there for you and your daughters. I will never let you go and you will always be part of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office family, ”said Gualtieri.
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Deputy Magli is the first officer in the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office to die in the line of duty.