BRADENTON, Fla. (WFLA) – Hundreds of people gathered in Bradenton and Sarasota on Thursday to honor the life and legacy of fallen Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock.
Trooper Bullock was shot and killed last week on I-95 in Martin County. FHP officials say Bullock was helping a disabled vehicle when the driver got out and shot him. A Riviera Beach police officer then shot and killed the suspect.
Bullock was a 19-year veteran of the Florida Highway Patrol who served in the Air Force. He is survived by his parents and two sisters.
On Thursday, Bullock’s body was escorted from the Robert Toale & Sons Funeral Home to the Bayside Community Church in Bradenton at 9:30 a.m.
His memorial service was held at the Bayside Community Church on the East Bradenton Campus.
At the service, The Florida Highway Patrol also honored Rivera Beach Police Officer Jemel Headings who shot and killed Franklin Reed III, after Reed shot and killed Trooper Bullock. Headings received a standing ovation.
“Everybody’s coming together because there was a tragedy that did not need to happen and one of our troopers who went out every day with his core mission to help others lost his life,” said FHP Lieutenant Greg Bueno. “We want to make sure we pay our respects to him in the most dignified and most appropriate way as possible and that’s what our goal is to do.”
A multi-agency law enforcement procession then escorted Trooper Bullock to the Sarasota National Cemetery.
Law enforcement honors took place at the cemetery including the honor guard flag presentation, 21-gun salute, flyover and last call.
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