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Police Officer Ronald James Mahony | Clearwater Police Department, Florida Clearwater Police Department, Florida

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Ronald James Mahony

Clearwater Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Wednesday, July 13, 1977

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 21

Tour: 10 months

Badge # 143

Cause: Struck by vehicle

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Officer Ronald Mahony was killed when he was struck by a vehicle attempting to flee him during a traffic stop.

Patrolman Mahony initiated a traffic stop on Memorial Causeway/SR60 of a pickup truck driven by an Atlanta native. The patrolman exited his cruiser and approached the driver's door and placed his foot on the running board of the truck as he radioed in the driver and tag. The dispatcher radioed back and instead of using code, the dispatcher stated the truck was stolen in plain speak. The driver then started the truck and began to drive away, but Patrolman Mahony jumped into the bed of the truck. After a short attempt at escape, the driver lost control and the truck rolled over; Patrolman Mahony was ejected and struck by the pickup as it overturned. Patrolman Mahony was transported to Morton Plant Hospital but succumbed to his injuries at 11:35 PM. The driver of the pickup survived the accident but died in the hospital the next day.

Officer Mahony had been with the agency for ten months.

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To all of you who've left words of love for Ron, I sincerely thank-you. There isn't enough space to honor my brother Ron on here except to say that the hole in my heart from his unspeakable death will never be filled. Many years later in hindsight I only wished that as a family we would have been given privacy and more time to try to understand and grieve his death without media coverage, before his body was placed in the ground as two and one-half days just was not enough time.
I too look forward to the day when my soul reunites with Ron's...

Judy Mahony-Price

Judy Mahony-Price
Little sister
October 3, 2012

 

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