Deputy Michael J. Magli, End of Watch February 17, 2021

Deputy Michael Magli

Born in Ozone Park, New York, Deputy Michael Magli came to the Tampa Bay area in 1994. Initially hired as a part-time Criminal Justice Specialist, Deputy Magli transferred to a deputy recruit position and was assigned to the Patrol Operations Bureau in 2014. He served eight years with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. On Wednesday February 17, 2021, Deputy Magli lost his life in the line of duty. He leaves behind his wife, Stephanie, and two young daughters. His name will be added to memorials for Pinellas County Law Enforcement and the Florida Sheriffs Association.

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The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is accepting donations on behalf of the Magli Family.


The Deputy Michael J. Magli Memorial Fund will serve as the official memorial fund for the Magli family. Those interested in donating are asked to visit any SunTrust banking location or send checks to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Fiscal Affairs Bureau made payable to the memorial. 


The Go Fund Me pages linked below have been officially linked to our memorial fund. Proceeds donated on either one will make it to the family.


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If you would like to leave a note in remembrance of Deputy Magli, please submit it below. All condolences will be compiled and given to the Magli family.

March 15, 2021
Dave McKenzie Sgt.PCSO ret.

With Mike's loss, know that you are part of an enormous family hurting with you and for you always in our hearts. Our thin blue line is weaker without Mike but know he is always in our thoughts and prayers. Until we meet again, RIP brother.

March 9, 2021
David Selby & Rebecca Pelusio

We live in the Lansbrook neighborhood and often drive on and bike along East Lake Rd near where Deputy Magli was tragically struck.  We greatly appreciate his and all others' efforts to protect us, and think that he likely saved lives by his attempt to neutralize the drunk driver.  We hope his family, friends and colleagues will find peace of mind in time knowing that his life was not lost in vain.  Deputy, thank you so very much for your dedicated service on behalf of so many!   

March 2, 2021
A. Troy

I never knew you, and will never be able to thank you for what you gave, but I will always remember you as the Hero you are. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and the rest of our brothers and sisters in the agency. May you Rest in Peace. 

March 1, 2021
Dep. T. Stanton

Mike you were such a great guy to be around and work with these past couple years. I will cherish our brief time we spent watching the early voting locations, talking all day about football, video games and life. You were a family man at heart which is something that will stay with me forever. RIP Mike.

February 28, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Mike a number of times before leaving for midnights in July 2020, and I was always struck by his warm disposition, his unceasing smile, and his quick wit to throw a joke in at just the right time. Mike was compassionate and thorough; the epitome of a good Deputy Sheriff. Mike, you will definitely be missed. Magli family, thank you for sharing Mike with us - we who knew and worked with him are much better for it!! My prayers are with you, and our PCSO family, as you continue to grieve! 

February 26, 2021
Deputy Georgeos K Smalios

To Stephanie Magli and the entire Magli family, I wish to send our deepest condolences from the Smalios Family.  Mike and I were zone partners in Dunedin, we would meet up and have lunch in our cars together every day and talk about our little girls.  Mike is a great person and helped me out one night and picked me up from my house and drove me to our north garage to pick up my cruiser for duty the next day.  May his memory be forever eternal.  RIP MJM #58501.

February 26, 2021
Anne McDonough

Deputy Magli, thank you for your service. You gave your life to save others, which is the greatest sacrifice. May you rest in peace.

To Deputy Magli's family and friends, you have our deepest sympathy for your great loss. The memory of Deputy Magli will go on forever in our hearts forever. We are thinking of you in these difficult times.

February 25, 2021
Melissa M

Thank you! It was nice to meet you and talk to you the few times I saw you as you passed through our office. From what I know of you through meeting you and stories from others, you were definitely an amazing person/deputy. Thank you for your service and saving lives. RIH Deputy Magli. Continued prayers and love for your family.

February 25, 2021
Alan T McHale

I did not know you but you protected me and my family. I never knew you but you were there for me. I didnt ask you, but you gave everything to protect me and my community. We will never be able to thank you nor repay you for what you gave... but we will remember you, we will care for your family and we will never forget your bravery. RIP Deputy Magli, may God keep you by his side till we meet. THANK YOU 

February 25, 2021
Connie Ashcom

RIP Deputy Magli.  It was a pleasure talking with you on the phone.  You will be greatly missed by your brothers and sisters in blue.  I offer my condolences to your family and friends.

February 24, 2021
C Russell RN

To the family of Deputy Magli,

my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you comfort and strength during this very difficult time. My deepest condolences to your family. 

February 24, 2021
Crystal R

I did not know Deputy Magli on a personal level, but have ran into him around PCSO over the years. He was always so nice and had that smile. Thank you Michael for your sacrifice. My 16yo fairly new driver and her teammates left East Lake high school literally mins after this happened headed for an away game. In my eyes he saved my daughter and her friends and also other drivers on the road that day. He is a HERO and I hope his daughters grow up knowing that and never forget that their Dad was a true hero that sacrificed his life for others who were in danger that day. The Magli family you are in my prayers and he will never be forgotten. 

February 24, 2021
Scott M

I did not know Mike on a personal level but he worked the area where I live and on a few occasions while I was in my yard Mike would drive by and we would engage in conversation. I always found him to be proud of the uniform he wore and the service he provided. I'm truly saddened that your pain overshadows the heroism of Mike actions. Although your path will be tough, every day looking into the eyes of those girls will be a forever remembrance of Mike and his time here. He has traded his star for wings! God Bless you Mrs Magli.   

February 24, 2021
Sergeant Paul Langlais

I had the pleasure of watching Mike grow into a well rounded Deputy. He had a natural gift for establishing a rapport with people because of his kind nature. I enjoyed many conversations with him about work and his aspiration to keep growing as a deputy. He was a strong family man and for that, along with his work ethic, he was well respected. RIP Mike. You will forever be missed.

February 24, 2021
Corporal Michelle Thompson, DDC

Please accept my deepest condolences, and know that God loves you and can restore your spirits, give you peace, mend your broken hearts and strengthen you all in this time. I pray that the Love of God enfolds you during your difficult times and that He helps you to heal. I know at this time, your hearts are filled with sorrow but I pray that your family continues to grow closer and reflect on all the wonderful memories that Michael has left and you all hold in your hearts.  My most sincere condolences go out to you, your beautiful daughters and your family.

February 24, 2021
Deputy Kristie Campion

My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. Mike you may be gone, but never will be forgotten. You are a true HERO and nothing less. I'm glad I got to talk to you for a minute, minutes before you were taken away. We got it from here brother. Please watch over your family (Blood & Blue) from above.

February 24, 2021
Belinda Peters

I never met Deputy Magli, but we are all one family in this agency.  His loss leaves a hole in all our hearts that can't be filled.  My prayers are with his family, friends and those in this agency that knew him well. Rest in peace Michael.

February 23, 2021
Deputy Jana Demperio

I did not know Deputy Magli very well and met him only a short time ago while working the desk.  He always had a smile on his face and would always take the time to say hello, and when he couldn't ..he made sure to wave.  My heart is broken for his family, for our family and for those who loved him.  May God grant you peace.

February 23, 2021

To make sense of the realities of today is impossible.  It is my hope that family, friends, colleagues, and the community find comfort and strength in the realities of  how Mike lived life.  He will always be remembered as a kind, compassionate, and loving son, brother, husband, father, and friend.  Professionally he wore the badge with HONOR; a true public servant and HERO. Please accept my sincere condolences.

February 23, 2021
Deputy J.W. Long Jr.

I did not personally know Deputy Magli, but I would see him logged on the computer on the opposite work day. He lost his life in my assigned work area, sector 85 and I was deeply sadden and bothered when I heard of his death. He is gone but will never be forgotten.

February 23, 2021
Sue Tyner

May God rest your soul Deputy Magli. No words can comfort your family alone. We will continue to pray for your family to find comfort. Know that the Pinellas Sheriff's Office will always have them in our hearts and prayers

February 23, 2021
Lola Belcher

My heartfelt condolences to the Magli family, words fall short of expressing my sorrow for your loss.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. ~Matthew 5:4~

February 23, 2021
Tracey Mangold

Even though I didn't know him personally, Mike will never be forgotten.  Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.  Prayers and thoughts are  with  your family and brothers and sisters in blue.

February 23, 2021
Kaley Tilney

Dear Magli family,

Words seem so inadequate in such time of grief. The loss you have endured is great and to say I'm sorry seems so small. Thank you for sharing your husband, father, brother, son with us. You have now gained a new family in all of us at PCSO.  We are forever grateful for your sacrifice. Dep. Magli - fly with the angels for you have earned your wings. Watch over us all and keep us all safe from harms way. Rest in Paradise.

February 23, 2021
Lori Atwater

There are so many hurting hearts for your dearly beloved.  I am so sorry and  I pray God give you strength to face another day.  Please know our love ones don't go away, they walk beside us;  Unseen, unheard, but always near.  I know because I'm a widow too.

February 23, 2021
Gina Aponte

Rest in Paradise Deputy Magli, and thank you for your service.

My heartfelt condolences and prayers to the Magli family and our PCSO family...God Bless you all +++

February 23, 2021
Tamika Griffin, CPID PCSO

Thank you for your heroic service, my heart is so heavy. I didn't get a chance to meet Deputy Magli personally, but we are family through the PCSO. My thoughts and prays are with Deputy Magli family. Gone way to soon, you will never be forgotten. Sleep In Heaven solider.

February 23, 2021
Terri & Bob Dilcher

Our heart and prayers goes out to the family of Deputy Magli.  Thank you Deputy Magli for protecting the citizens of Pinellas County and for your ultimate sacrifice which will never be forgotten.  You will always be a hero.

February 23, 2021
Deputy Jennifer Shavers

To the Magli family - I am deeply sorry for your loss. I did not personally know him, but have heard/read many heartwarming stories about his smile and kindness. Deputy Magli is a true hero and will never be forgotten. "Wherever a beautiful soul has been, there is a trail of beautiful memories."

February 23, 2021
Annette Creedon, RN @ PCSO

To the family of Deputy Magli,

my prayers are with you. May God give you comfort, peace and strength during this very difficult time. My heart hurts for you. My deepest condolences to your family. 

February 23, 2021
Margaret Mchenry

Sending my condolences and prayers to the Magli family, friends and co-workers. Praying God gives you all the strength and comfort you need doing your loss.

February 23, 2021
Jacob Ferretti

I only had the pleasure of being with Mike on one call last year, but over the course of the time I spent with him that day, I was struck by how compassionate he was towards the people we work with, and how willing he was to help a newer deputy such as myself learn the nature of the job. Although I only met him a few times, Mike was a wonderful person to be around and always willing to listen and help with any issue. I am earnestly praying for the Magli family. Know that you are loved, that Mike made a difference and was loved here very dearly, and he will never be forgotten.

February 22, 2021
Cpl Alan Clark

I had the honor of working with Mags for the past few years in my squad. He was a great police officer and an even better human being. He truly cared about his job and the people he met working here, both the LEO and the citizens. He always went the extra mile. You will be missed! We love you! - Rest in peace brother. God bless you and your family.

February 22, 2021
Cpl. Thomas Goldberg

Deputy Magli was both a fellow brother & friend!We spoke on numerous occasions and even shared some laughs at an agency training. To Mike my friend, "Thank You" for all you have done and most of all for giving your life to save so many others. Rest in peace brother and know you will be missed, however never forgotten. To Stephanie, their two children, parents and family, I am very sorry for your loss & you have my sincerest heartfelt condolences. May God help each of you through this difficult time and bless you in every way possible.

February 22, 2021
Antuan Watkins

Rest in PARADISE young man. They say to be absent from the body is to be present with lord. I know GOD welcomed you in and said Well Done My Humble and faithful Servant.

February 22, 2021
Heather Arbuckle

To the family and friends of Deputy Magli, may you find some peace and comfort during this time. I am deeply sorry for your loss. You have my deepest sympathy. 

February 22, 2021
Sr. Chaplain Karen Hanson

Dear Stephanie, my heart goes out to you and your children as I keep you lifted up in prayer for the comfort and peace that only the Lord knows how to bring. One day at a time. And please know that you are not alone.

February 22, 2021
Denise Letona

I did not know Deputy Michael Magli very well, but reading through all the stories and heartfelt condolences, I feel like I did.  Those beautiful memories he gave to everyone - while they could never, ever replace Deputy Magli’s presence and light – will always be cherished moments held onto by his loving family, colleagues and friends.  May you Rest In Peace.

February 22, 2021
Kevin Wicasta Lovelace

My heart and thoughts are with Dep. Magli's family during this unthinkable time. May they find their way through their sorrow to a time when they the memories of Michael Magli bring them only warm memories of the good and decent man that he was. I would encourage them to remember that no one is truly gone as long as we speak their name. Much love from my family to the Magli family. Our hearts are with you.

February 22, 2021
Bri Ramos

I did not have the pleasure of knowing Deputy Magli but I can see the support within the department and across the county is a true testament to the kind of person he was.  My deepest condolences to the family and friends that knew him.  To Stephanie especially, this is not an easy road life has forced you to take.  My husband died 3 years ago at the age of 27, different circumstances of course but I know a portion of how you’re feeling and I hope you feel free to reach out if you would ever like to.  Just remember to take it one day, one breath at a time.

-Brianne (ARMS)

February 22, 2021
Vaughna Tokarz

I did not personally know Deputy Magli; however, I do work with several people that did.  From their stories and from all the comments that I have read, Deputy Magli was an amazing husband, father, son, friend and Deputy.  My heart and prayers go out to all his family and friends and to our community.  This has been a great loss that will not be forgotten.  May you rest peacefully Deputy Magli.

February 22, 2021
Deputy Bob Plasse

I just started my second LE carreer here and have met alot of LE officers in my past 40 years. I could tell Michael was at the top of the lists as a great officer and person. Just 2 weeks ago I started to work with MichaeL and the first time he backed me up on a call he not only expressed his compassion towards a transient person, but made sure I knew I could call upon him for any questions or help I needed as I made this transition.

R.I.P. my brother. It has been my honor to have met you. 

My condolenceses to Michael's Wife, children, family and friends. 

Bob Plasse

February 22, 2021
Dep. Jose Berrios and The Berrios Family

Thank you for your heroic and selfless service Mike.   For the Magli family, I pray for God's love and peace to surround you all during this difficult time.  From the Berrios Family we extend our deepest condolences.  God Bless You!

February 22, 2021
Deputy Brian Camadeca

I not only had the pleasure to work with Mike but share many laughs with him.  I will truly miss exchanging recipes for amazing dinners.  Mike would meet up with me just to tell me what he made for dinner the night prior and what an amazing chef he was.   RIP my friend.  My deepest condolences to your family.

February 22, 2021
Andrew Goldstein

To the family of Deputy Magli.. My family and I send our condolences to you all. Deputy Magli was and always shall be a hero.

February 22, 2021
Deputy R. Cooper

Deputy Magli you are truly a hero! Knowing you was a pleasure, such a pure and genuine person who will truly be missed. From my family to yours we give our deepest condolences and many prayers. Magli you will always and forever be remember and missed truly <3!

February 22, 2021
Ramona Schaefer

My heart goes out to the family of Deputy Magli for your tremendous loss.  His sacrifice will never be forgotten.  Please know there are so many who are praying for you during this difficult time of bereavement.  May God comfort and keep you.

February 22, 2021
Deputy Felisha Barnes

I di not know Mike as well as a lot of other deputies in the agency, but I did have the pleasure of being posted with him for several shifts during Hurricane Irma in 2017. My dad had just died a month before Irma graced us with her presence. I was in no shape mentally or physically as I was still trying to process the loss of my father. None the less we do what Deputy Sheriffs do often and put our adult pants on and get to work. I found myself crying and breaking down in the middle of the street directing traffic due to the loss of my dad and the fact I had to send my 1 year old away to be safe so I could attempt to focus. Mike never once judged me on what I was going through and how I was handling it. He would tell me it was ok to cry and he told me to cry often. He would try to take my mind off the stress by telling me jokes. He spent a good portion of the shift finding a way to fit the word "invisible sunburn" in a sentence because that is what I kept calling my wind burn. We also exchanged spouse stories and I remember how much he loved his wife and how proud of her he was.  Mike I wish I would have known you better because In our brief interaction you did more for me than some people I have known my entire career and I will forever be grateful. We will all continue to keep your memory alive. My deepest condolences go out to your wife and kids and your family. You will be missed. RIP Brother. We got it from here.

February 22, 2021
Colleen Eells

I did not know Deputy Magli well but the few times we met he made sure you had a smile.  He will be sorely missed because he was one of those people you always remember with a smile.

February 22, 2021
Ashelyn Johnson (AJ)

Deputy Magli you will be missed! To your wife and family there are no words that I can give to ease your pain.  I will pray for you and your family.  Prayers and Love.  

February 21, 2021
Deputy Olivia Bentschner

I worked with Magli very briefly for a few months while in North County. He always had a smile and was a pleasure to work with. Being a newer Deputy, he was someone to look up to and made you strive to be the best at the job.

February 21, 2021
Cpl. George Nestorovich

RIP Mags... your warm smile will truly be missed by the PCSO Family

February 21, 2021
Nora Watts

Thank you for your service. You served well.

February 21, 2021
Sylvia Lake

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My condolences to the Magli Family. I pray that God will give you comfort and peace that only He can give. My husband and I  thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

February 20, 2021
Liz Marsteller

There are some who bring a light so great to the world, that even after they have gone, the light remains. Keeping you close in thoughts and prayers. A beautiful soul is never forgotten Deputy Malgi is a true hero sacrificing  his life to protects others. May he rest in enteral peace.

February 20, 2021
Susan Kristoff-Elam

Thank you Deputy Magli for protecting me and all the citizens of Pinellas County.

I will always be grateful for this ulimate sacrifice.

With heartfelt sympathy

Susan Kristoff-Elam (ARMS Unit)


February 20, 2021
Corporal Jamie McClendon- DDC

To: Stephanie and the entire Magli family, 

I am so sorry for your loss. Words are inadequate to fully convey the depth of my sympathy, but I hope that you can derive some comfort in knowing that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. May God continue to be with you and strengthen you.  


February 20, 2021
Dino Roumanis

To the family of Deputy Magli. My condolences ! Life is not fair, fragile and unpredictable. Thank you for your service Rip!

February 20, 2021
Deputies Gregory and Christine Maldonado

We will never forget the truly heroic service of our PCSO brother, Deputy Michael Magli. It was an honor to be able to serve with someone as honorable as he. He will live on forever as an inspiration to us all. He will NEVER be forgotten. 

February 19, 2021
Glenn Ward

Rest in Peace my brother, God Bless you and your family. I am so fortunate to have you as a friend and proud of the Deputy you became. I am grateful to have helped you along the way. You will be missed.....

February 19, 2021
Karen Kunz

May God comfort you at this time and give peace to the family and know that our hearts are with you

February 19, 2021
Deputy Brian Sudbrink

I first met Deputy Magli as his FTO as he came into law enforcement. I had the pleasure of training him and learning what a nice guy he was. I just saw him a few weeks ago on a call. He will be missed. deepest condolences to his family.

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