Large numbers anticipated for Tuesday's memorial to fallen St. Pete Police Officer David Crawford

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Large numbers of law enforcement personnel, community leaders and citizens are expected to honor St. Petersburg Police Officer David Crawford, who died in the line of duty February 21, during a public viewing and memorial service scheduled for early next week.

On Monday, February 28, a viewing for Officer Crawford will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd. A memorial service Tuesday, March 1, will allow family, friends, law enforcement, and the public to honor Crawford for his service as a police officer beginning at 11 a.m. at the church. The service will include final police honors – a release of doves, flyover and 21-gun salute – and is expected to conclude around 2 p.m.

While everyone is encouraged to honor Officer Crawford, inside seating for Tuesday’s memorial service will be limited to family, friends, and the local law enforcement community, but large video monitors and seating will be set up outside the church to accommodate remote viewing.

There will be limited onsite parking available for Monday’s viewing.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.