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Fallen Okaloosa Deputy Remembered

Date: September 24, 2015

Summary:
Flags are at half-staff throughout Shalimar. Billboards flash Myers’ face and the date he died. “That’s awesome,” says Cameron Turner. “For someone to go out of their way to put up a memorial for somebody, that’s awesome. They’re doing a good job.”

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One by one, “My Dad is a sergeant,” says Lisa Hoisington, “this hit really close to home. We had to come pay our respects.”

Carrying flowers, candles, messages all marking the death of Deputy Bill Myers. A loss the entire community is feeling.

“We came to put flowers down for his memorial.” Stephanie Vanden Heuvel had known him since childhood and simply called him, Bill. “I don’t think anybody knows how to react until it’s someone you know. Everybody was shocked. When it’s someone you’ve grown up with, my heart goes out to not only the community but for his family.”

Flags are at half-staff throughout Shalimar. Billboards flash Myers’ face and the date he died. “That’s awesome,” says Cameron Turner. “For someone to go out of their way to put up a memorial for somebody, that’s awesome. They’re doing a good job.”

A place of sadness and tragedy for so many has united a community and become a place of comfort and healing.

“This and the billboards and all the other ones you were talking about restores a little bit of faith back in humanity and the world,” says Vanden Heuvel, “for me anyways.”

One flower, one card, one candle at a time.

Myers funeral will be held Monday at 11 o’clock at the Raider Arena at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville. The public is welcome. Instead of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the “Make-A-Wish” foundation.

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