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Slain Orlando deputy remembered as husband and father

ORLANDO — The widow of a slain Central Florida sheriff's deputy wore his badge around her neck at his funeral.

Thousands came to Orlando on Saturday to mourn Orange County Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Pine, who was fatally shot last week while responding to a car burglary call. Gov. Rick Scott and Attorney General Pam Bondi were among the mourners.

Bagpipers and an honor guard saluted Pine's family at the service at First Baptist Church of Orlando. Pine's friends and family are planning another memorial service in Louisiana this week.

Pine was remembered as a husband and father who pledged to make it home every morning. He was buried at a cemetery in Gotha.

Sheriff Jerry Demings presented Bridget Pine with posthumous awards honoring Pine's "act of bravery in trying to arrest a fleeing felon." Pine was responding to reports of car break-ins late Monday when he encountered Benjamin Holtermann. According to authorities, Pine chased Holtermann through nearby back yards but Holtermann opened fire, shooting Pine three times. According to the Sheriff's Office, Pine's bulletproof vest stopped two of the shots, but the third entered his chest under his arm.

Holtermann was later found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a nearby neighborhood. Holtermann's girlfriend, Erica Pugh, was with him at the time of the shooting. Investigators say she drove off as Holtermann fled on foot. Pugh was being held without bail on multiple counts of burglary and grand theft.

Slain Orlando deputy remembered as husband and father 02/16/14 [Last modified: Sunday, February 16, 2014 9:42pm]
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