Last night, the bodies of slain Gilchrist County Sheriff Deputies, SGT Noel Ramirez (29) and Deputy Taylor Lindsey (25) were escorted to a Trenton funeral home from the medical examiner’s office in Alachua County as a community of mourners lined the streets to pay respects.
Long-time Facebook friend of Gruntworks, Navy Veteran and Firefighter Eric Pease, messaged the page and provided the video shown above, taken directly from his Facebook page. In his message to Gruntworks, he thanked us for changing our profile pic (to a Gilchrist County SO Badge with mourning band) and said “This is my town and my brothers. We are waiting for them to come home right now…My girlfriend trained both of these guys. Please keep us in your thoughts.” Eric’s girlfriend is a former Gilchrist Co Deputy, working for another agency now. He further went on to state: “My girlfriend now works with another agency but we are all family in this town. We literally have only 30 Deputies for the Department and I knew (Deputy) Lindsey very well.”
According to News 4 JAX, authorities said the two deputies were sitting inside the Ace China restaurant Thursday afternoon when (name not mentioned by Gruntworks), 59, casually walked in, went up to the deputies and fatally shot them before going to his car and killing himself.
A vigil is scheduled for 8 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday at the Gilchrist County Courthouse. Funeral services for the slain Deputies will take place at Bell High School (Gilchrist County School District) on Tuesday, April 24th.
Like our friend Eric, who is prior service US Navy, many veterans populate the Emergency Services Community; and we continue to honor their service. Gruntworks supports the men and women of the Law Enforcement and First Responder Community as they protect us (here in America) from enemies close to home, but far from the battlefields we fought on overseas.