Hundreds gather to honor fallen Charlotte County deputy

ABC7 News at 6pm
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 5:13 PM EST
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SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - It was a sorrowful morning in Punta Gorda as people from across the state gathered to honor fallen Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Christopher Taylor.

Law enforcement departments came from far and wide. Some badges reading Polk County Sheriff’s Office, others reading Miami-Dade and everything in between.

Deputy Taylor was conducting a traffic stop last Wednesday when a driver veered off the shoulder of I-75 hitting Taylor’s car and the car he pulled over.

Hundreds of people gathered in Punta Gorda this morning to honor him at his funeral.

Taylor’s squad arrived on the scene after he was hit by the drunk driver and tried to save his life. His squad leader, Sgt. Brad Stender, spoke at the ceremony.

“For our brother Chris, we were with you on your first day and when you took your last breath,” said Stender.

Stender talked about Taylor’s love for his squad.

“Chris was always ready to handle any situation you put in front of him. The wellness and safety of his fellow squad members was always a high priority. This demonstrates his love for the job and his squad family,” he said.

Taylor’s aunt Doreen Pareira spoke about all of the things he had accomplished at the age of 23.

He practiced mixed martial arts, attended Florida SouthWestern State College before entering the police academy, was engaged to Madi Williams, and was a promising football player.

However, rather than pursue a bright future in football, his childhood dreams of being in law enforcement drove him to become a deputy.

“He was an example of what could be accomplished with determination and goal setting,” said Pareira.

Deputy Christopher Taylor’s obituary can be found here.