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Sergeant Thomas John St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

Sergeant

Thomas John "Tom" Baitinger

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Monday, January 24, 2011
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Reflections for Sergeant Thomas John "Tom" Baitinger

 

Remembering our friend Tom's sacrifice from Middleton WI.

MAH
March 27, 2014

Thinking of you today, remembering you always

LS
January 24, 2014

It's hard to believe it's been two years already, but you will never be forgotten!

LS
January 24, 2013

We will never forget... Continue to rest in peace Sergeant Baitinger.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
January 24, 2013

Thinking of the survivng family of Sergeant Baitinger. Know a hero will never be forgotten. Thank you Sergeant Baitinger for your courage, service and dedication. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

G. Birkholz
mother of fallen Officer Craig Birkholz
January 20, 2013

Today, on what would have been your 50th birthday, your bravery and sacrifice are remembered. May you continue to rest in peace Sgt.

LS
August 28, 2012

Miss you Uncle Tommy.

My Brother and Dad just met President Obama at your memorial in Washington, thought you'd think that is neat.

We love you so much, see you sometime soon.

JP
May 15, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant Baitinger. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
February 16, 2012

A Hero you were Sgt. RIP now Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
February 13, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never dimishes respect, and your memory will always be honored and revered. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever, I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
January 25, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all, and you sir are a hero. My prayers are with Mrs. Baitinger today, may God be with you and guide you through these troubling times. Continue to rest in peace Sgt. Baitinger.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL
January 24, 2012

It was during the funeral for our Fallen Officers at Miami-Dade that we learned of this terrible tragedy. Please rest assured that yours and Officer Yaslowitz heroism will serve to steel the resolve of your brethren officers for years to come. May God bless your family and the members of the St. Petersburg Police Depaartment.

Police Officer (Retired) Gregory Kral
Miami-Dade Police Dept. FL
December 28, 2011

May you rest in peace, Sir! We have your watch from here. You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer
March 29, 2011

2008-01-24


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"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.


Thank You for your service .... RIP

Jimmy
Younger Brother of OD Det. John T Young
March 17, 2011

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Sergeant Baitinger. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Tom, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Tom's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Tom's life was about so much more than the way he died. Tom will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Sergeant Baitinger, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,


Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)
March 9, 2011

My sympathys to Family and fellow officers. Rest In Peace.

Christina Brookhart
Mother of Deputy Don McCutcheon
March 6, 2011

Rest in Peace sir, thank you for your service.

Agent Dwayne Tullos
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics (State Police)
March 3, 2011

Im so sorry for the loss of your officer, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I also am a survivor of a fallen officer. I lost my Brother in Alabama EOW 6/17/2004.Please know you are not alone in this,hope this brings some comfort.RIP God Bless all these brave men and woman everywhere.

brenda wicinski
no relationship
February 22, 2011

Sgt. Baitinger,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you to you and your fellow Officer for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of St. Petersburg. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
USBP
February 17, 2011

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney
Virginia
February 8, 2011

You are a HERO and HEROES never die!!! RIP Sergeant!

Deputy Sheriff Jay Armstrong
Orange County Sheriff's Office TAC Unit
February 5, 2011

The policeman stood and faced his God,which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and said.
"No, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry a badge can't always be a Saint."
I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk is rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got to steep.
And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't...I'll understand"
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman.
You've borne you burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
You've done your time in Hell"

Anonymous
February 3, 2011

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE
February 1, 2011

Rest in peace and my prayers are with your love ones.

Deputy Latour ( retired)
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
February 1, 2011

To the family and friends of Sgt. Tom Baitinger and his fellow officers:

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Tom was tragically .
killed.

To Officer Baitinger's family, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in the Bay Area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Tom gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 24, 2011.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD (CA), eow 4/24/05

Phyllia Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater
January 31, 2011

 
 

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