As the community continues to mourn the death of Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Joseph Bullock, for one local man, the tragedy is all too familiar.
Brian Morales also lost his brother, St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Sgt Gary Morales, when he was killed in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop.
Sgt Morales was pulling someone over near Fort Pierce when he was fatally shot.
The tragedy happened in February 2013 - almost seven years ago to date, so this is already a difficult time for the Morales family.
Brian Morales says that Wednesday’s tragedy made everything even the more emotional.
“It just brought back memories from my brother. I mean I was immediately having flashbacks and I had to leave work,” Morales told CBS12 News.
Brian says he thinks of Gary every day, especially while traveling on the roads.
“When I see police officers doing their job and pulling people over, I just have flashbacks I mean, [I think] Are they ok? Is something about to happen? You never really get over something like that.” Morales said.
Today, he says his heart is with the Bullock family, whose unthinkable pain Morales can relate to firsthand.
“Words cannot explain what they’re going through right now,” Morales said. “ don’t think we’ll ever get over it. We just learn to live with that hole.”