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Bradenton law enforcement memorial solemn

BRADENTON — Bagpipes echoed throughout the Manatee County Courthouse square today.

So did the sound of a bugler playing “Taps.”

They were part of today’s annual Manatee County Law Enforcement Memorial, honoring local law enforcement members who fell in the line of duty.

Although none have died that way so far this year, Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube isn’t taking that good fortune for granted.

“Every day when a law enforcement officer straps on his gun and goes to work, they’re taking a risk for our community,” he said. “The fact we haven’t had a death ... speaks volumes about the training for officer survival. But we’ve got gangbangers out there shooting at one another, and unfortunately something can happen and unfortunately will happen someday. I hope I’m not here to see that.”