Community and Law Enforcement Honor St. Johns Sheriff’s Officer in End of Watch Ceremony

Hundreds of people, including officers from Florida and beyond, gathered at St. Joseph Catholic Church in St. Johns County to honor Sergeant Michael Kunovich, a veteran St. Johns County sheriff’s officer who collapsed and died on May 19 after a struggle with a suspect. Kunovich’s two sons talked about how proud they were of their father and how he always stressed the importance of not letting work consume one’s life. Officers from Hillsborough County, Sarasota, Winter Springs, Green Cove Springs, Flagler County, and other departments joined Kunovich’s colleagues for the service. The suspect, identified as 18-year-old Vergilio Aguilar Mendez, has been charged with murder and resisting law enforcement with violence. Kunovich was a 26-year veteran and received numerous awards during his career, including Meritorious Service and Exceptional Service, and held a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Flagler College.