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Police Officer Scott Matthew Baird | Gainesville Police Department, Florida Gainesville Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

Scott Matthew Baird

Gainesville Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, February 12, 2001

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 23

Tour: 2 years

Badge # 467

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Officer Scott Baird was killed after being struck by a vehicle while he was attempting to move an obstruction from a roadway in the early morning hours.

The obstruction was a batting cage that weighed between 200 to 300 pounds and had been placed in the road behind a high school as a prank.

Officer Baird had served with the Gainesville Police Department for approximately two years. He had recently been named "Most Popular Officer" by local businesses.

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Scott it is 15 years today. My heart is just as heavy and broken as it was then. I think about you every single day, I long for the days gone by, I miss you so much. You were only in our lives for such a short time but I treasure all the memories you gave us. Tonight we will gather on Scott Baird Blvd to honor and remember you. I hope you are smiling down on us, happy to see all your family, friends and people who never were fortunate enough to meet you paying their respects. Continue to watch over us Scott.

Mother of Fallen Officer
February 12, 2016


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