As the Fort Myers Police Department try to deal with the loss of one of their own, there was no shortage of support from men and women in uniform at the funeral of Officer Adam Jobbers-MIller Monday at Germain Arena. The 29-year-old officer was killed in the line of duty last month.
While many of the hundreds of officers at Monday's funeral service were from various police agencies in Southwest Florida, they were joined by police from around the country, including one group from the New York Police Department.
"It doesn't matter what department you're from," said NYPD Lt. Christopher Popovic. "We all put on the same thing every day, and run the risk that we may not go home. It rings deep with us, and that's why we come together. That's why we consider ourselves brothers."
"It's a brotherhood," echoed Officer Jason Gillette of the Sebastian, Florida Police Department. "We help each other, and when one of us hurts, we all hurt."
After the service for Jobbers-Miller concluded, with FMPD Chief Derrick Diggs presenting Jobbers-Miller's mother with a folded flag, an officer with the Indian River Shores Police observed that theirs is the only profession that has to wear a bulletproof vest and a gun when they go to work.
"We try to spend as much time as we can with the ones that we love," said Officer Kyle Smith. "We never know how much time we have."