Officer Gene A. Bessette

Officer Gene A. Bessette

St. Petersburg Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, November 10, 1961

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Gene A. Bessette

Officer Gene Bessette was operating his police motorcycle east-bound on Lakeview Avenue South and Twelfth Street when a vehicle being driven on Twelfth Street ran a stop sign and collided with the motorcycle, throwing him 44-feet and knocking off his helmet.

He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later.

Officer Bessette had served with the St. Petersburg Police Department for two years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 2 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Motorcycle crash

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Rest in peace OfficerBessette.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 4, 2019

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