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Details released on funeral for Tampa officer killed in wrong-way crash

Those wishing to pay their respects will be admitted at 10 a.m. Tuesday for the 11 a.m. funeral service at Idlewild Baptist Church.
Tampa police honored Master Police Officer Jesse Madsen during a candlelight vigil in front of Tampa Police headquarters on Thursday. During the ceremony, Madsen’s name was added to the Tampa police memorial monument.
Tampa police honored Master Police Officer Jesse Madsen during a candlelight vigil in front of Tampa Police headquarters on Thursday. During the ceremony, Madsen’s name was added to the Tampa police memorial monument. [ LUIS SANTANA | Times ]
Published Mar. 14, 2021|Updated Mar. 14, 2021

TAMPA — Tampa police have released additional details about the funeral Tuesday for Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, who was killed last week trying to stop a wrong-way driver on Interstate 275 in Tampa.

Those wishing to pay their respects will be admitted at 10 a.m. for the 11 a.m. funeral service at Idlewild Baptist Church, northeast of the Dale Mabry Highway-Van Dyke Boulevard intersection in Lutz, the Police Department said in a news release Sunday.

Tampa police Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, 45, was killed Tuesday during a wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa.
Tampa police Master Patrol Officer Jesse Madsen, 45, was killed Tuesday during a wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 in Tampa. [ Tampa Police Department ]

Parking is on the east side of the Idlewild campus. The dress code is business professional — all black or dark or muted colors. Everyone inside will be required to wear a face covering.

Immediately after the service, guests will be directed outside for a full honors ceremony, including a 21-gun salute, pipe and drums and the playing of Taps, the riderless horse, a flyover, flag folding ceremony, and Madsen’s final radio call.

A formal procession follows, to the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Madsen, who served as a Marine, will receive full military honors at the gravesite. This event is not open to the public.

Madsen, 45, was killed early Tuesday when his patrol SUV collided with a wrong-way driver weaving in and out of the northbound lanes of I-275. The other driver also was killed. According to police Chief Brian Dugan, witnesses said Madsen deliberately made two sharp turns before the impact to protect others.

Madsen was a husband and father of three children. Those interested in donating to a fund set up for his family can visit the Risetampa website.

Idlewild Baptist Church also hosted funerals for two other Tampa Bay law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty this year: Hillsborough County sheriff’s Master Cpl. Brian LaVigne in January and Pinellas County sheriff’s Deputy Michael Magli last month. Like Madsen, LaVigne and Magli died in traffic crashes.

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