Funeral for Pinellas deputy killed in line of duty set for Tuesday

Romy Ellenbogen, Tampa Bay Times
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A public funeral service will be held on Tuesday for the Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputy who was killed last week in the line of duty by a fleeing drunk driver.

Deputy Michael Magli, 30, will be honored at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Idlewild Baptist Church in Lutz, located at 18333 Exciting Idlewild Blvd.

Space inside the church will be limited and masks are required. Doors will open at 10 a.m., according to a release from the Sheriff’s Office.

Following the church service will be a special outdoor ceremony that will include a fly-over, 21 gun salute, a last call and a riderless horse. Magli is the first deputy in Pinellas County to die in the line of duty. He was killed while trying to apprehend a drunk driver on East Lake Road.

The public can view the funeral procession to the burial site at Trinity Memorial Gardens, by lining up along State Road 54 between the Suncoast Parkway and Community Drive before 12:30 p.m., the Sheriff’s Office said. The burial service is not open to the public.

Magli is survived by his wife, Stephanie, and two young daughters. He worked for the Sheriff’s Office for eight years, where he spent most of his career as a patrol deputy in north Pinellas County.

Members of the public can leave messages for the Magli family online at Donations can also be made to the Deputy Michael J. Magli Memorial Fund by sending checks to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Fiscal Affairs Bureau, made payable to the memorial.