John F. Passer
(Feb. 1, 1946 - Jul. 12, 1970)
John F. Passer was born Feb. 1, 1946, in Utica, N.Y. He moved
to Pinellas County from Richmond, Va., in 1961 and attended local
schools. He joined the Clearwater Police Department on Feb. 8,
Patrolman Passer was twice commended
for heroism, once for rescuing a woman from a burning house and
once for rescuing another woman from a submerged car.
On Aug. 12, 1968, at his request,
Patrolman Passer was assigned to duty as a Motorcycle Officer.
At 3:52 p.m. on July 12, 1970, Patrolman Passer, driving
a 1969 Harley Davidson, was attempting to stop a traffic violator
at South Greenwood Avenue and Lotus Path. He had apparently pulled
alongside the violator's vehicle to signal it to pull over when
the car turned left, striking him. Patrolman Passer was
taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died of head injuries
at 6:00 p.m. He was 24 years old.
Patrolman Passer was survived by his parents,
his wife and two daughters. Burial was at Sylvan Abbey.
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