The phone rings, I'm on another assignment, but I take it regardless. I'm told I've got to head to Tarpon Springs, "A cop's been shot." Not knowing how big of a deal it was, I made my way over to the scene.
Tarpon Springs cop Charles Kondek was killed in the line of duty early Sunday morning, December 21st, 2014. After two NYPD cops were killed the day before, people worried that the killings were related. They were not.
The next weekend I covered his funeral procession. Thousands of cops from all over Florida came. It was pretty incredible to see the support for Officer Kondek, his family, and his fellow Tarpon Springs officers.