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Pinellas deputies to travel by motorcade ahead of fallen deputy’s funeral

Deputy Michael Magli will be honored at a public funeral on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.
A procession of Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicles are seen along 49th Street. Funeral services for Sheriff's Deputy Michael Magli will be held today at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.
A procession of Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicles are seen along 49th Street. Funeral services for Sheriff's Deputy Michael Magli will be held today at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]
Published Feb. 22
Updated Feb. 23

Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies, family and the public will come together to mourn the death of Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy Michael Magli on Tuesday.

Deputy Magli, 30, was killed while attempting to stop a suspect along East Lake Road, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.
Deputy Magli, 30, was killed while attempting to stop a suspect along East Lake Road, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. [ PCSO ]

Magli, 30, died Wednesday after being hit by a drunk driver attempting to evade police, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He is the first deputy in Pinellas County to die in the line of duty.

Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday night that flags will be flown at half-staff in Pasco and Pinellas counties in Magli’s honor.

Magli will be honored at a public funeral on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Idlewild Baptist Church located at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd. in Lutz. Doors will open at 10 a.m. Space inside the church will be limited due to coronavirus precautions. Masks are required.

A special outdoor ceremony will take place just after the church service, which will include a 21-gun salute, a fly-over, a riderless horse and a last call. Deputies will also travel in a motorcade to the church starting at 7:15 a.m. from 49th Street North and Roosevelt Boulevard. The motorcade will head north along the Bayside Bridge, east on State Road 60, north on State Road 589 and onto Dale Mabry Highway to the church, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A procession of Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicles are seen along 49th Street. Funeral services for Sheriff's Deputy Michael Magli will be held today at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz.
A procession of Pinellas County Sheriff’s vehicles are seen along 49th Street. Funeral services for Sheriff's Deputy Michael Magli will be held today at Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz. [ MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE | Times ]

After the funeral, a private burial will take place at Trinity Memorial Gardens. The public can watch the procession to the burial by lining up along State Road 54 between Suncoast Parkway and Community Drive before 12:30 p.m.

Members of the public can also leave messages for Magli’s family, including his wife and two young daughters, online at www.pcsoweb.com/michaelmagli.