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Police Officer George Mann | University of South Florida Police Department, Florida University of South Florida Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

George Mann

University of South Florida Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Sunday, September 13, 1970

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 49

Tour: 1 year

Badge # Not available

Cause: Automobile accident

Incident Date: 9/12/1970

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Officer Mann was killed in an automobile accident while in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle just north of Tampa, Florida, at approximately 2330 hours. At the intersection of Fowler Avenue and Morris Bridge Road another vehicle ran a stop sign and struck Officer Mann's vehicle on the driver's side door. Officer Mann was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries approximately one hour later. The driver of the other vehicle was also killed in the accident.

Officer Mann was a United States Air Force veteran who served in WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He had been with the agency for just over 1 year. He was survived by his wife and four children.

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Officer Mann, you are truly a hero, not just for your sacrifice in the service of the University of South Florida, but for your service to this nation in time of war.

In this day and age, there are those who attack and diminish the work done by University Police Officers, especially when 'off campus'. Officer Mann, you did what was right. We may never know why that operator was acting suspiciously nor what you may have prevented since you didn't have the chance to find out. It's the NOT knowing that can sometimes be the worst. You saw what needed to be done and you did it, regardless of what others may have thought. I admire and respect you and my heart is heavy that you didn't have the chance to retire and then live a nice long happy life after.

God Bless and, on this 45th anniversary of that sacrifice, and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.
September 13, 2015

 

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