Thousands of mourners gathered Thursday to honor two men joined in their final moments by an unthinkable tragedy, now lying in a twin set of flag-draped caskets.
The men, Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter from the Kissimmee Police Department, were both husbands and fathers who were fatally shot Friday night while patrolling the community they were dedicated to serve.
A joint service was held beginning at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Orlando. Mourners included law enforcement officers from across the country as well as elected officials.
Kissimmee Police Chief Jeff O'Dell was first to give remarks, speaking proudly of both men and their dedication to the department. He said the two men were saving the life of a woman when they were shot and killed, ClickOrlando.com reports.