Family and friends pay their respects on 31st anniversary of officer's death

WILLISTON, Fla. (WCJB)-- "It's been 31 years since my life was shattered, absolutely shattered," said Lori Moss.

The life of Officer Corporal David Moss was taken in an exchange of gunfire July 30th, 1988. His wife Lori Moss says she want his sacrifice to never be forgotten.

"Every year we try to get people who either knew David or want to honor the memory of his sacrifice together," said Moss.

Tuesday night at the First United Methodist Church in Williston, family, and friends, and some who never met Moss learned about the man he was through stories and memories that were shared. Its a tradition Lori has put together over the years.

"We try to remember him every year, he made the supreme sacrifice and you can make no bigger sacrifice that he made for his community. I think that needs to be honored," said Olin Slaughter, former Williston Chief of Police "93-97".

"As long as somebody remembers him, he is not gone," said Moss.

Lori says many fallen heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice deserve to have their legacy remembered.

"It's so important that we touch base every year not just to honor him but to honor all law enforcement and all survivors, surviving is not easy. It is so common now, we have so many officers getting killed or injured that its a daily affair that we have to reach out and we need to help people," said Moss.

Lori says 31 years ago on that day in July many lives were changed in Williston and she hopes that the community will continue to remember Moss's legacy.