Families who have suffered a loss due to violence hosted a car wash on Saturday near the area where two St Petersburg Police officers were killed in the line of duty. In addition to raising money for the families of K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz and Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger, organizers raised awareness specifically in South St. Petersburg about the value of our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line everyday to make ALL neighborhoods safe.
When: Saturday January 29th 2011
8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Shell Gas Station
1800 34th Street South, St. Petersburg
Proceeds of $500 were given to the Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz Memorial Fund and Thomas Baitinger Memorial Fund, set up at Wachovia Bank.
Spearheading the car wash was community activist Lisa Wheeler Brown. Brown’s son, Cabretti Wheeler, was murdered in September 6, 2008. Brown recently organized a similar car wash that raised more than $2,700 that was used to help pay for the funeral of shooting victim, 18 year old Latedra Everett in September 2010.
“It is one small way to show that we appreciate our police officers. We are deeply saddened by two more senseless deaths in our community.” Brown said.
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Florida Matters: South St. Pete and the Police (February 1, 2011 ...
South St. Petersburg and the Police. After two St. Petersburg police officers were gunned down in south St. Petersburg, we explore the community's reaction to the tragedy, and we take a look at the sometimes tense relationship between the police and some of the neighborhoods near the site of the shooting.
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