Police Officer Tanja Brigitte King

Police Officer Tanja Brigitte King

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, May 18, 2000

Tanja Brigitte King

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.


  • Age 30
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge 544

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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Seventeen years have passed, but your spirit lives in all who knew and worked with you. Working with you, though only a short time, made me appreciate your work ethic and infectious smile. The guts and toughness you showed when we endured SWAT tryouts together made us all want to be better.

Teresa and I think of you often. The world was a better place with you in it.

OFC Jim Ruhl
Orlando PD (retired)

May 19, 2017

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