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Rep. C.W. Bill Young takes to House floor to mourn St. Petersburg shooting victims



Congressman C.W. Bill Young, the long serving Pinellas County Republican, went to the House floor to address today's shooting of two St. Petersburg police officers and a U.S. Marshal:

Mr. Speaker, I rise to inform my colleagues of a tragedy that took place in St. Petersburg, Florida this morning.

Two St. Petersburg police officers Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz were killed in the line of duty and a Deputy U.S. Marshal whose name I cannot release just yet was seriously injured while serving a warrant.

This is a sober reminder that the men and women who serve us as law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day.  In the past 24 hours alone, 11 law enforcement officers across our nation have been shot in the line of duty.

It is my hope that my colleagues will keep the families of Sergeant Baitinger, Officer Yaslowitz and our Deputy U.S. Marshal  in their prayers during this difficult time.  It is also a good time to say thank you for all those who serve us in uniform at home or abroad.

Mr. Speaker, God bless the families of those who were killed and wounded this morning.

The St. Petersburg Times coverage of the shooting is here.

[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 7:27pm]


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