Sergeant John C. Baxter, Jr.

Sergeant John C. Baxter, Jr.

Florida Highway Patrol, Florida

End of Watch Wednesday, October 2, 1985

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John C. Baxter, Jr.

Sergeant Baxter was killed in an airplane crash while assisting the search for four armed robbery suspects in Manatee County.

Sergeant Baxter had served with the Florida Highway Patrol for 25 years.


  • Age 57
  • Tour 25 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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I worked with John. He was one the nicest people I have ever met. He never had a bad word to say about anyone and was a joy to work with. As a young Trooper at the time, every time John flew in the county I was assigned to, he would call me and invite me to lunch, ask how I was and if I was having any problems. He always listened to me so patiently. I was on duty the day he died. I am not ashamed to admit I sat on I-75 and just cried. Its been 35 years since that awful awful day. I still see that smile, still hear that laugh and miss him. The FHP, the State of Florida and its citizens lost someone special that day. I will never forget him telling me... Son, when you write a man a ticket, you take bread from the mouth of his child. Respect that and him because its no small thing.

Trooper G. Hamilton

March 2, 2021

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