Memorial bill for fallen St. Petersburg and Tampa police officers passes the Legislature

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The Florida House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 782, a bill to honor fallen St. Petersburg and Tampa law enforcement officers.

?ach 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? communities,?said Representative Jim Frishe (R-St. Petersburg), House sponsor of SB 782. ?his 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.?

?his memorial is just a very small token to show our eternal gratitude to the fallen heroes who lost their lives in the line of duty while ensuring the safety and well-being of our families,?added Representative Frishe.

?aw 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), Senate sponsor of SB 782. ?hese officers gave the ultimate sacrifice and this small gesture is a way for us to honor and remember them.?

This bill dedicates a portion of State Road 687 from I-275 to I-175 in Pinellas County as: ?gt. 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: ?fficer Jeffrey A. Kocab and Officer David I. Curtin Memorial Highway.?

The Department of Transportation will be erecting the necessary signage in memory of these law enforcement officers and their ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Pinellas and Hillsborough County.


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