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Today marks anniversary of fallen SWAT member
A memorial garden at the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is a reminder of the deep bonds between police officers.
Joey Forgione lost his brother, and his brother-in-arms
From a young age, they knew they wanted to be cops. Their shared dream shattered when Tony Forgione was killed.
He was part of a SWAT team trying to take a man named Mark Rohlman into custody. Rohlman had twice escaped from Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where he'd been taken for mental evaluation under the Baker act.
Joey Forgione says losing Tony was like losing his right arm, and having to re-learn everything without it.
"It was hard to go to work after that. Every morning, I'd sit at the edge of the bed, can I do this you know, and I'd just man up and go to work," Forgione said.
"It just got to be too much, too many memories for him," said their mother Charlene Dietz.
Joey Forgione left law enforcement a couple of years ago. His brother's death led to statewide reform of Baker act procedures.