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Updated: 05/15/2018 05:36:04PM

‘Dispatch, 2247: Final call’

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North Port Police Department officers, including K9 officer Dutch, attended the funeral for Highlands County Sheriff's Office Deputy William Gentry on Tuesday.

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Family, friends, community members and hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state attend the funeral of Highlands County Sheriffs Office Deputy William J. Gentry Jr. on Tuesday in Sebring.

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Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Scott Williams fights back tears Tuesday during the memorial service for William Gentry Jr. in Sebring.

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Nearly every seat was full Tuesday during the service for HCSO Deputy William Gentry Jr. at the Highlands News-Sun Center in Sebring.

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Katara Simmons/Coorespondent

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Katara Simmons/Coorespondent

Family, friends, colleagues and community members gather Tuesday for an emotional memorial service honoring Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Deputy William Gentry Jr.

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Deputy Gentry’s K-9 partner Ronie ‘howled and howled’ last week after Gentry was shot while responding to a domestic dispute.

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By PHIL ATTINGER

Staff Writer

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SEBRING — Deputy Sheriff William J. Gentry Jr. didn’t like rain much, but clouds threatened his End of Watch Call ceremony Tuesday.

Shortly after six police helicopters flew over the ceremony at Firemen’s Field, one veering away as the squadron left, rain clouds in the east began to blow toward Sebring.

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