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ST. PETERSBURG - The St. Petersburg Police Department announced preliminary schedules of services for two officers shot and killed in the line of duty Jan. 24.

Viewing for Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz is Thursday, Jan. 27, 6 to 8 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg, 1900 Gandy Blvd.

Memorial services for both men are Friday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., at First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg. Participants are asked to arrive by 10 a.m. Attire is dress uniform. Overflow parking with shuttle service arrangements are still pending.

Final police honors will take place on site after the service. Procession arrangements are pending.

Following the service, repass will be at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. in St. Petersburg.

Accommodations for visiting law enforcement have been arranged at the Tradewinds Island Resorts, St. Pete Beach, 1-800-360-4023; and St. Petersburg Marriott, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd., St. Petersburg, 1-866-508-0265. Rates are $99.

Donations for the families are being accepted by the Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities Inc., 14141 46th St. N., Suite 1205, Clearwater, Florida 33762. Call 727-532-1722.

Sgt. Thomas J. Baitinger, 48, and K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, 39, were shot and killed while serving a warrant at a St. Petersburg home Monday morning.

Hydra Lacy Jr., 39, who also died during the incident, was wanted on an arrest warrant issued Nov. 1 for failure to appear in connection with a charge of aggravated battery. Lacy had a significant criminal history, including aggravated assault of a law enforcement officer, sexual assault and kidnapping. Lacy was also a registered sexual offender.

Fallen officers

Baitinger was hired by the St. Petersburg Police Department on June 24, 1996. He was promoted to Police Sergeant on March 1, 2004. He served in several capacities during his tenure with the police department, including the Uniform Services Division (Patrol), Investigative Services Bureau (Auto Theft Detective) and in the Field Training Division. He also had previous law enforcement experience in Wisconsin, where his extended family still resides. He is survived by his wife, Paige. They did not have children.

Yaslowitz began his law enforcement career with the St. Petersburg Police Department on April 19, 1999. He was a K-9 officer and has worked with his canine partner “Ace” for the last two years. He previously served in the Uniform Services Bureau (Patrol) and the Street Crimes Unit. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and their three children, two boys - ages 5 and 12, and a girl, age 8.
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