Trust Fund set up for slain deputy's family

Trust fund established for Deputy Barbara Pill's family

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Brevard County Sheriff's Office announced a trust fund has been established for the family of the slain deputy.

Barbara Pill, 52, was shot and killed while on duty last Tuesday.

Donations for "The Pill Family Benefit Trust" will be accepted at any SunTrust Bank facility.

The funeral, which will be held at Calvary Chapel Melbourne located on Minton Road, is scheduled for Tuesday at 10 a.m. Local 6 and will be airing the funeral live.

More than 4,000 people are expected to attend the funeral, which is open to the public. Firefighters rehearsed hanging an American flag as a symbol of respect outside of the church, as deputies and staff members went over last minute details.

To accommodate as many people as possible, an "overflow" area has also been set up where mourners can watch the service through a live feed when the church sanctuary fills up.

A procession from Fountainhead Funeral Home in the 7300 block of Babcock Street will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will travel north of Babcock Street to U.S. 192. The roads in the route will be closed between 8:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Residents are encouraged to honor Pill by lining the processional route.

A ceremony was held Friday morning at the Calvary Chapel Melbourne for the arrival of the "Honor Flag," which will be displayed on a pedestal next to Pill's casket.

The "Honor Flag" travels throughout the country and is flown at funerals of fallen military members, law enforcement and firefighters.

The flag was displayed at Ground Zero in New York City and recently flew to the International Space Station with the crew of Space Shuttle Atlantis.

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