Annual law enforcement memorial service planned

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office will host the county’s 27th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service on Wednesday, May 16, the office has announced.

Sheriff Tom Knight

The service will be held at 6 p.m. that day at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road, Sarasota. Sheriff Tom Knight encourages the public to attend.

“The service recognizes the men and women who serve and protect this community,” a Sheriff’s Office news release notes.

In addition to the Sheriff’s Office, the participating agencies will be the Sarasota Police Department, Venice Police Department, North Port Police Department, Longboat Key Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Sarasota County County Commission, the State Attorney’s Office and the Sarasota County Fire Department, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The service will honor the following Florida law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2011:

Officer Rogerio Morales, Davie Police Department; Detective Amanda Haworth, Miami-Dade Police Department; Detective Roger Castillo, Miami-Dade Police Department; Sgt. Thomas Baitinger, St. Petersburg Police Department, Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, St. Petersburg Police Department; Col. Gregory Malloy, Florida Department of Corrections; Capt. John McDonough, II, Volusia County Beach Patrol; Sgt. Adam Rosenthal, Delray Beach Police Department; Officer David Crawford, St. Petersburg Police Department; Deputy John Mecklenburg, Hernando County Sheriff’s Office; Officer Arnulfo Crispin, Lakeland Police Department and Deputy Matthew Miller, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office.