LUTZ, Fla. — The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office today will honor the life of fallen Deputy, 30-year-old Michael J. Magli.
Magli is the first deputy killed in the line of duty in the agencies history.
He leaves behind his wife, two young daughters, and an entire sheriff’s office grieving his loss.
What You Need To Know
Magli was deploying stops sticks out into East Lake Road in Tarpon Springs Feb. 17 when the drunk driver lost control, crashed into Magli’s cruiser in the median, trapping him underneath it.
Today’s service begins at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, doors opening at 10 a.m.
Immediately following the service, the Sheriff’s Office will honor Magli with a 21-gun-salute, fly-over and a riderless horse ceremony. Then, a procession will follow to the private burial at Trinity Memorial Gardens.
Anyone wishing to honor Magli can also line the procession route to the private burial site on State Road 54 between the Suncoast Parkway and Community Drive no later than 12:30 p.m.
Gov. Ron DeSantis has ordered flags at half-staff in Pasco and Pinellas County to honor the fallen deputy today.
The public is also invited to leave messages of support for Magli’s family at: pcsoweb.com/michaelmagli.
Donations can also be made to the Deputy Michael J. Magli Memorial Fund. Those interested in donating are asked to visit any SunTrust banking location to contribute.
Checks can also be sent to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Fiscal Division made payable to the Memorial.
If you’d like to help out, please visit the PBA’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/suncoastpba/.
Here are Twitter links to organizations across the state and country sending out support: