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Ms. Bea Reid

BeaReidPolk County Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Sunday, September 18, 2011

Ms. Bea Reid, 44-years-old, Executive Director of the Office of Business Affairs for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, was killed by her husband in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 18, 2011, according to the Plant City Police Department.  “Bea was an incredibly special person to all of us at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office—she was not just our colleague, she was our dear friend,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.  “Our Sheriff’s Office family is hurting—this is a tremendous loss.   In the most difficult of times, the best of friends come together to love and support each other. ”

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Deputy Sheriff John Charles Mecklenburg

John-Charles-MecklenburgHernando County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, July 3, 2011

Deputy John Mecklenburg was killed in an automobile accident in Pasco County while involved in a vehicle pursuit.

Officers from the Brooksville Police Department had started pursuing a vehicle on U.S. Highway 41 at approximately 4:40 am. Deputies joined in the pursuit and attempted a PIT maneuver on the vehicle. The suspect driver was able to regain control of his vehicle and continued to flee. Deputy Mecklenburg continued to pursuit the vehicle into Pasco County. His vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree near the intersection of Painter Road.

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David Scott Crawford

DavidCrawford

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, February 21, 2011

Police Officer David Crawford was shot and killed after responding to a report of a suspicious person.

At approximately 10:30 pm, Officer Crawford and another officer responded to a report of a suspicious person in the 700 block of 3rd Avenue after a citizen observed a male walking through his backyard with a broken brick in his hand. Officer Crawford canvassed the area and found the subject near the southwest corner of 2nd Avenue S and 8th Street S. He parked his patrol car and approached the male.

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Thomas John "Tom" Baitinger

ThomasBaitinger

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, January 24, 2011

Sergeant Tom Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a suspect with two outstanding warrants wanted for aggravated battery.

Several members of a regional task force had gone to the home to question a family member about the man's whereabouts. After making contact with the woman, the officers were informed that the man was in the attic and possibly armed.

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Jeffrey Adam Yaslowitz

JeffreyYaslowitzSt. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, January 24, 2011

Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and Sergeant Tom Baitinger were shot and killed while attempting to serve a warrant on a suspect with two outstanding warrants wanted for aggravated battery at a home on 28th Avenue South.

Several members of a regional task force had gone to the home to question a family member about the man's whereabouts. After making contact with the woman, the officers were informed that the man was in the attic and possibly armed.

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Wesley Richard Whitmore, Jr.

RichardWhitmorePolk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sergeant Wesley Whitmore was struck and killed by a vehicle in the parking lot of a convenience store in Winter Haven.

The elderly driver of an an SUV traveling on an adjacent roadway lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle crashed through a metal barrier, struck a woman and business, then traveled through a parking lot and struck Sergeant Whitmore's patrol car. The impact pushed the patrol car into the sergeant, who had just exited it.

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Brandon Lee Coates

BrandonLeeCoatesOrange County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Deputy Brandon Coates was shot and killed while making a traffic stop near the intersection of South Nashville Avenue and 45th Street at around 8:30 pm. Moments after radioing in the traffic stop 911 dispatchers received calls stating a deputy had been shot and received a description of the suspect's vehicle.

The vehicle was located at a nearby apartment complex. During the ensuing search for the suspect, the man's body was found suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Deputy Coates had served with the Orange County Sheriff's Office for 4½ years and was assigned to the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit. He is survived by his wife, who also serves as a deputy with the agency, his mother and brother. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

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Deputy Mark A. Longway

Mark-LongwayHillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

End of Watch: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

“This uniform is just a different color. I’m still serving. First it was my country, now it is my county.”
-- Deputy Mark Longway

Deputy Mark A. Longway died on September 21, 2010 in a traffic crash while driving his patrol car. Deputy Longway was assigned to the Homeland Security Division/Port Security.

Deputy Longway, 48, joined the Sheriff’s Office in July 2004. He served in the Patrol Division before being reassigned earlier this year to the Port Security detail.

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Officer Jeffrey Alan Kocab

JeffreyAlanKocabTampa Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Officers Jeffrey Kocab and David Curtis were shot and killed while attempting to make an arrest at a traffic stop.

Officer Curtis stopped a vehicle because it did not have a visible license plate. He called for an additional unit to assist him because a male passenger in the car was wanted on a misdemeanor charge for writing a worthless check. When Officer Curtis arrived, he and Officer Kocab attempted to arrest the suspect. The suspect drew a weapon and shot both officers at close range.