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Hundreds of Law Enforcement Officers Gathered to Honor Jefferson County Deputy Mike Brandle

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Hundreds of law enforcements officers from Ohio and West Virginia paid their respects in honor of Jefferson County Deputy Mike Brandle Wednesday at his funeral in Toronto, Ohio. Hundreds of law enforcements officers from Ohio and West Virginia paid their respects in honor of Jefferson County Deputy Mike Brandle Wednesday at his funeral in Toronto, Ohio.
TORONTO, Ohio -

Law enforcement officers from Ohio and West Virginia were there to remember the deputy whose life ended much too soon Wednesday.

There wasn't a dry eye in the audience as hundreds of law enforcement officers from all over Ohio and West Virginia gathered to honor Michael Brandle, a man who many considered to be like a son or their brother.

Known as a hard-working man with a great sense of humor, 33-year-old Michael Brandle died from a heart attack while training in Monroe County. 

Officers all the way from Mahoning, Stark, and Franklin Counties to officers from across the river in West Virginia, gathered at First Presbyterian Church in Toronto Wednesday to recognize the great man that Brandle was. 

"It's just overwhelming the turn out here today. We're doing this for Mike. He deserves it. Every bit of it," Jefferson county Sheriff Fred Abdalla said.

Sheriff Abdalla spent most of the funeral service reflecting on the type of man Brandle was. While fighting through the tears, Abdalla was able to make the crowd laugh with funny memories and moments that he and some of the deputies shared with Brandle, including a video of him being tazed.

Sgt. Matt Henderson worked with Brandle for over 2 years, growing closer and closer. Henderson calls those couple of years some of his best that he's had at the sheriff's department.

"He's so young to be taken from us like this with his whole life ahead of him," Henderson said. "We're doing the best we can to keep our heads up and go to work every day and honor Mike by doing what we do best."

Brandle's casket was escorted by hundreds of the officers on hand to the Chestnut Grove Cemetery in Hammondsville following the funeral service. A reception was held at the American Legion in Toronto.   

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