"Now I know I'm important at this moment," said 16-year-old Sean Miller, who joined the Explorer ranks because of his dream to one day be a police officer.
Officer Jeffery Tackett was killed with his own gun late Sunday as he attempted to arrest a burglary suspect. Wednesday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office pressed its mostly teenage Explorer squad into service to search for the officer's missing handcuffs. About 3:30 p.m., the unsuccessful search was called off.
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While teenagers searched the Pinellas Trail for the slain officer's handcuffs, Deputy Bob Berry and Sgt. Joe Rindosh of the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office searched the waters of Stevenson Creek. Cpl. Brad Millican watches from the bridge.