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Police Memorial

Silver memorial bell rung during the fallen officers service

Sir Edmund Burke said “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Evil exists in our world. There is, perhaps, no one more aware of this fact than the modern police officer. The men and women of the St. Petersburg Police Department confront evil every day. Their weapons: honor, duty, service and sacrifice. Over the course of our history, there have been an honored few that have been called by our Lord to make the ultimate sacrifice. Fifteen men; fifteen brave men; heroes. Men of honor. Men called to duty; to service; to sacrifice. Men who bravely and selflessly answered that call. Men who laid down their lives for their fellow citizens; for their friends. There is no higher calling than this.

Police service today is ever changing; but it is also steeped in traditions. We gather every May at our police memorial to carry on a tradition. We gather to honor those 15 men with the toll of a bell.

We ring the bell here and now, and for years to come. We ring the bell to reflect honor. We ring the bell to pay homage to devotion to duty and service. We ring the bell for the sacrifice made by these men. The bell rings every time the name of a fallen hero is read aloud. Each toll of the bell honors not just the name, but the life cut short in service to each of us. The bell rings 15 times. It is our hope and prayer that the bell will only ever ring for these 15.

These pages are dedicated to the men and women of the St. Petersburg Police Department who gave their lives protecting those they served.

We will remember you -- always.

Chief of Police James A. Mitchell

End of Watch
December 25, 1905

Officer E.A. George

End of Watch
September 16, 1908

Officer Wayne Barry

End of Watch
May 23, 1929

Officer Eugene Minor

End of Watch
October 25, 1929

Frank Pike

Officer Frank Pike

End of Watch
May 19, 1933

Officer James Thornton

End of Watch
October 16, 1937

Officer William Newberry

End of Watch
October 17, 1937

James Goodson

Officer James Goodson

End of Watch
December 25, 1947

Officer Gene A. Bessette

Officer Gene A. Bessette

End of Watch
November 10, 1961

Officer James Krupp

Officer James Krupp

End of Watch
April 15, 1964

Officer Charles L. Eustes

Officer Charles L. Eustes

End of Watch
September 24, 1967

Detective Herbert Sullivan

Detective Herbert Sullivan

End of Watch
August 18, 1980

K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz

K-9/TAC Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz

End of Watch
January 24, 2011

Sergeant Thomas Baitinger

Sergeant Thomas Baitinger

End of Watch
January 24, 2011

Officer David S. Crawford

Officer David S. Crawford

End of Watch
February 21, 2011

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