House passes measure to honor fallen Tampa, St. Pete officers
The House of Representatives today passed a measure to honor the St. Petersburg and Tampa police officers killed in the line of duty.
The proposal designates a portion of State Road 687 from I-275 to I-175 in Pinellas County as “Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger, Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz and Officer David. S. Crawford Memorial Highway.” It also dedicates a portion of State Road 583/North 50th Street in Hillsborough County from Melbourne Blvd/East 21st Avenue to State Road 574/Martin Luther King, Jr. as “Officer Jeffrey A. Kocab and Officer David I. Curtis Memorial Highway.”
“Each day, the brave men and women of the law enforcement community risk their safety and too often lose their lives in the pursuit of protecting and defending Florida’s communities,” said Representative Jim Frishe, R-St. Petersburg, the House sponsor of the bill, in a statement. “This bill is an opportunity for us to show our deep respect and sincere gratitude for the ultimate sacrifices that were made by Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and Officers Jeffrey Yaslowitz, David Crawford, Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis.”
“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each day. They leave their homes, their families and friends and go to work to protect our community,” said Senator Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, the Senate sponsor of the bill. “These officers gave the ultimate sacrifice and this small gesture is a way for us to honor and remember them.”