You can check out BayNews9’s Website for details on what happen to the 2 Officers killed in the line of duty earlier this week.
Today was their funeral service. I set up camp at the corner of McMullen Booth Rd. and Sunset Point Rd. to watch the funeral procession pass by. That was one of the most amazing displays of unity I have ever seen. Police and Sheriff cars from as far south as Miami to as far north as Valdosta Ga., all the way from Daytona Beach across to Clearwater Beach, Police cars and bikes, Sheriff cars and bikes, Fire Fighters, SWAT, K-9’s Mayor and Governor, everybody showed face.
As soon as the procession had gone by I hopped in my car and took to some back roads making it to the ceremony site before the last car. The Park they were laid to rest in is in 2 miles from where I live and across the street from the house I grew up in. It is also the site of some more risque photo shoots I have done. This was my first time ever going there for its intended purpose. It was a very different experience.
Due to my camera I was told I had to stay in the media area which really sucked because I only have a 200mm lens but I did the best I could do with it. I was a little flattered I was told to stay with the media though. lol.
The sounds of bag pipes and dogs barking will not fade from my mind any time soon. Thank you for your service men.
RIP Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz.
(I will make another post when I post the pictures.)