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Police officers who died in the line of duty were remembered Wednesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

The Tribute to Fallen Officers, outside Jacksonville’s Veterans Memorial Arena, included a roll call of those killed while on duty, as well as a 21-gun salute and a Missing Man formation fly-over by JSO’s aviation unit.

“There’s names on that wall that we worked with," Crime Scene Detective David Matsick said. "So, it hits home because we could all be here one day together and the next day one of us not be. "

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Updated at 6 p.m.

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s chief of staff Ronnie Simmons told prosecutors Wednesday Brown was in control of cash flowing from sham charity One Door for Education.

Brown’s defense is trying to argue Simmons — not Brown — was behind a fraud worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Corrine Brown
U.S. House of Representatives

Former Congresswoman Corrine Brown’s suspicious financial activity began years before investigators started looking into her connection to sham charity One Door for Education, according to testimony by FBI Forensic Accountant Amy Henderson Tuesday.

She told the court she reviewed thousands of pages of documents from as far back as 2010.

Henderson said she began with financial transactions between Brown, her close associates, One Door for Education and its president Carla Wiley.

VIDEO: Exploring NE Florida's Fort Caroline National Memorial

May 1, 2017
Sean Lahav / UNF's Environmental Center

WJCT presents a collaboration between the University of North Florida's Environmental Center and Public Trust Law on 19 short videos showcasing the city, state and national parks of the First Coast, produced by Sean Lahav, a project leader in the environmental leadership program.

Fort Caroline National Memorial, 12713 Ft Caroline Road


Carla Wiley, the founder and president of One Door for Education, testified under oath Monday that the Virginia charity was originally set up to help herself, but she was asked by former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown's chief of staff to work with the congresswoman on fundraisers.