TAMPA — Two new names have been etched upon the Tampa Police Department's Roll Call of Honor memorial in front of police headquarters in downtown Tampa.
As Cecil Murray etched Jeffery Kocab and David Curtis names at the bottom of a list already too long, about a dozen people gathered to watch. More planned to attend a ceremony at the memorial tonight at 6:30 p.m.
Among those who watched the etching were Kathleen Taylor, 66, and her husband Lee Taylor, 74, who traveled from Holiday to deliver a pot of yellow mums in honor of the two fallen officers.
Kathleen Taylor said there deaths hit close to home because the couple has a son who is a state trooper in Pennsylvania and resembles Curtis. They also have a son in law who is a deputy in Port St. Lucie.
"It's a beautiful memorial, it's just sad that their names have to be on there," Kathleen Taylor said.
The couple said they hope to attend the officers' funerals on Saturday.