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In Memoriam

Anyone wishing to donate funds to the families of the two fallen officers may send contributions to:

Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities, Inc.
14141 46th Street North, Suite 1205
Clearwater, Florida 33762

Sergeant Thomas Baitinger

Sergeant Thomas J. Baitinger, 48, was hired by the St. Petersburg Police Department on June 24, 1996.  He was later promoted to Police Sergeant on March 1, 2004.  He served in several capacities during his tenure with the police department, including the Uniform Services Division (Patrol), Investigative Services Bureau (Auto Theft Detective) and in the Field Training Division.  He also had previous law enforcement experience in Wisconsin, where his extended family still resides.  He is survived by his wife, Paige.  They did not have any children.  

Thomas Baitinger

K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz

K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, 39, began his law enforcement career with the St. Petersburg Police Department on April 19, 1999.  He was a K-9 officer and who has worked with his canine partner “Ace” for the last two years.  He previously served in the Uniform Services Bureau (Patrol) and the Street Crimes Unit.  He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and their three children, two boys - 5 and 12 years of age, and a girl, 8 years of age.


Press Release from January 24: Two St. Petersburg Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty