Ronald J. Mahony
10, 1955 - Jul. 13, 1977)
Ronald J. Mahony was born Sept. 10, 1955, in Oceanside, N.Y. He
moved to Pinellas County from Freeport, N.Y., in 1970, and graduated
from Largo High School in 1973.
Patrolman Mahony joined the Clearwater
Police Department as a Police Cadet on Sept. 10, 1976-his 21st
birthday. He completed his recruit training and was released for
solo patrol duty on Feb. 7, 1977. Less than a month later, Patrolman
Mahony was commended by then-Chief Frank Daniels for his "prompt
and courageous response" to a call for assistance from a
detective who had been threatened by an armed suspect.
At 10:03 p.m. on July 13, 1977,
Patrolman Mahony stopped a stolen truck on Memorial Causeway.
While being questioned, the driver suddenly attempted to flee
in the truck, and Patrolman Mahony was struck when the truck overturned.
Patrolman Mahony died at Morton Plant Hospital at 11:35 p.m. He
was 21 years old. The driver of the truck was also killed in the
The 15 officers on his squad served as
the honor guard at his funeral. He was buried at Sylvan Abbey.
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