TARPON SPRINGS, Florida. Instead of taking selfies, Tarpon Springs Police Major Michael Trill took “trill-fee,” hilarious stone-faced photos, wherever he went with everyone he knew.
“People here loved him. And he loved them,” Eddie Mullally said.
Mullally recently posed for a photo with a longtime Tarpon Springs police officer outside his Neptune Cyclery bike shop.
“He just came from time to time – a very friendly guy. Everyone loved him. They called him the glover because he always wore gloves,” Mullally said.
But those who knew Trill remember him.
Tarpon Springs Police Chief Jeffrey Young released a video on Monday discussing Trill’s death from a medical problem on Saturday.
“This is another dark moment in the history of Tarpon Springs, but together we will get through it,” Young said.
Friends say Trill put everything he did into his job, his family, and his church.
They also remember how he entered Publix on US 19 in 2010 after a former employee killed her colleague.
“He went from aisle to aisle until he grabbed her, shot her and disabled her. And he entered there without a bulletproof vest. There he is, the real hero,” Mullally said.
Outside the police station, a homemade sign reads: “Rest in Peace. You will be greatly missed.”
There are messages on social networks from other departments that have worked closely with him.
And more of those “Trill-fies” that his loved ones will remember with wonderful memories.
“To the Trill family, our family. We will always be here to support and love you. We love you guys. Mike rest in peace brother,” Young said in the video.
Trill is survived by his wife, two sons and a 6-year-old daughter.
Trill’s funeral will take place on Saturday, July 22 at 11:00 am at Calvary Christian Church, located at 110 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater.