There will be horses and police dogs and caravans of squad cars at the joint funeral for two slain St. Petersburg funeral Friday (today). There will be a dove release, a flyover and a 21-gun salute to pay tribute to Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz. There will be grieving family members and more than ten thousand people are expected to come and pay their respect to the two slain St. Petersburg officers.
Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz left a wife and three children Caleb 12, Haylie 8 and Calen 5 and his police dog Ace. Jeffrey Yaslowitz was 39 years old when he was killed this week by Hydra Lacy Jr. Jeffrey Yaslowitz was a great guy and an excellent police officer. The city of St. Petersburg will miss him.
Sgt. Thomas Baitinger was 48 years old. He wasn’t a flashy St. Petersburg police officer. Sgt. Thomas Baitinger did his job well and never received any press. This week Sgt. Thomas Baitinger was killed by Hydra Lacy Jr. when he tried to save two fallen police officers. He wasn’t a flashy police officer; Sgt. Baitinger was just another good policeman. Thomas Baitinger was born in Wisconsin in 1962; the city of St. Petersburg will miss him.
Many people will be at the two slain St. Petersburg officer’s funeral on Friday including the mayor of St. Petersburg, the governor of Florida, their friends and families and their colleagues (including police officers from across Florida). More than 10,000 people will be at the funeral to show their respect for two hero police officers from St. Petersburg, FL who were killed this week while doing their jobs.
This is the route of the procession for today’s funeral for Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz:
“The procession will begin after the 11 a.m. ceremony at First Baptist Church, 1900 Gandy Blvd., and end at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery, 2860 Sunset Point Road in Clearwater. The funeral ceremony is expected to last about three hours.
The processional route will be as follows: (Gandy Blvd. near I-275 will be closed today due to officer’s funeral)
• Departs church and heads east on 94th Avenue N.
• Turns north on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N.
• Turns west on Roosevelt Boulevard.
• Continues west and merge with Ulmerton Road.
• Turns north on 49th St. N to cross Bayside Bridge.
• Continues North on North McMullen Booth Road.
• Turns west on Sunset Point Road.
• Ends at 2860 Sunset Point Road (Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park Cemetery).
A brief graveside service will take place with both caskets present. Yaslowitz’s body will be interred at the cemetery. The ceremony is not open to the public.
After the service, Baitinger’s body will be escorted to a local funeral home to await private family arrangements.” (Tampabay.com)
Today we will celebrate the lives of two fallen heroes; Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, two police officers who were killed while serving their community and doing their jobs. Donations are being taken to help out the families of these two fallen heroes. Go to this website to check out the list and help in any way you can. You can also help by going to Baynews9.com. The two St. Petersburg Police officers who were killed this week will be remembered today and their lives will never be forgotten. God bless Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz and their families, friends and colleagues they left behind.
Blessed Are The Peacemakers
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