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Police Officer Tanja Brigitte King | Orlando Police Department, Florida Orlando Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Tanja Brigitte King

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, May 18, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 30

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 544

Cause: Automobile accident

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Officer Tanja King was killed when her cruiser struck a light pole while she was responding to an emergency assistance call.

The collision caused the concrete light pole to fall on top of the cruiser, and trapped Officer King inside. Emergency crews were able to extricate her and she was flown to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Officer King was a member of the same unit as Officer George DeSalvia, murdered three months earlier while on duty.

Officer King had been in law enforcement for four years, and had been with the Orlando Police Department for two years. She is survived by her parents, sister, and three brothers.

Officer King has been memorialized in Orlando, Florida, with a park named Tanja King Memorial Park and also with a street named after her called Tanja King Boulevard.

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I am so sorry to hear of her loss and the memory will never be forgotten of those who fall even in a tragic accident. I also am sorry to hear that so many are disrespecting this site and hope you do not lose faith that there are a lot of us out here who want to hear of such tragedies and remember the fallen. God bless all of you.

Alice Bryner
A friend of all Police Officers
May 19, 2015

 

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