We are the freshman class of the Criminal Justice Academy of Pinellas Park High School. On January 24,2011 two St.Petersburg Police Officers were killed in the line of duty. They were Sgt. Thomas Baitinger and K-9 officer Jeffery Yazlowitz. We all wanted to help in some way but we had no idea even where to start. So the next day our teacher told us about the idea he had. "Well, last night I couldn't sleep and when I was trying to think of a way to help...license plates popped into my head." In class we looked at all the license plates Florida has to offer. There is a tennis license plate, a soccer license plate, and a even a trees license plate. But there isn't a license plate for fallen police officers. As most of us are planning on becoming police officers, or our family members are police officers, this hit home for a lot of us. So that night we went home and drew a license plate that we would later voteon and on would be pronounced the winner. As the freshman class of the Criminal Justice Academy, we picked Kaitlyn Veisz"s license plate. On Febuary 15,2011 we visted the St.Petersburg Police Department were they had a memorial for the two fallen police officers. We left flowers and cards to thank Mr.Baitinger and Mr.Yaslowitz for their sacrifice. We were greeted with news reporters, who we later told about our idea to take this license plate all the way through the Florida legislature untill it was allowed to be an official license plate of Florida. They were very surprized by our idea especially because there is a law preventing the submission of new license plates. After our administrator, Ms.Topping and our teacher who came up with the idea for the license plate, Mr.Cross talked with them, they came to our school and did an interview with some of our classmates. We are now on our journy to getting this license plate to the Florida legislature. Since our teacher, Mr.Cross, isn't pushing us to do this or making us do anything with this topic, we are all on our own.We will be electing a representative for our class of the Crminal Justice Academy then we are off to find a legislative sponsor. We will keep you posted on the "news" section of our website. Here is the link to our Fox 13 interview- http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/dpp/news/local/pinellas/specialty-plate-for-fallen-officers-faces-obstacles-02152011
A BIG thank you goes to everyone that has help us to get where we are now. These people are....
Thank you for supporting us from the very beginning and also letting us use your amazing quote "A man remembered never dies." This quote is our motto and our driving force for this entire project. Thank you.
George Lofton and all of the Sun coast Police Benevolent Association:
You have given us so many tools to take this organization to the next level. You have answered all our questions and guided us in the right direction. Thank you.
You really helped us share our message and idea with the community. You started the amazing causes page that shows us people do want this, just as much as we do. You have supported us since the very first day that we decided to make our idea a reality. Thank you.
Thank you for welcoming us with open arms during this crazy time. You have given us so much that we could never thank you enough for. You have given us an amazing charity to partner with (The Families of Florida Fallen Warriors Foundation) and so many more amazing resources. Thank you.
You have really helped us take our project to the next level by being our legislative sponsor. We can't thank you enough for guiding us and overall helping us get the ball rolling. Thank you.
You have helped us over one big hurdle, finding a legislative sponsor. YOu have also guided us as to the proper ways to go about getting our license plate passed. Thank you.
To all current or fallen law enforcement officers and their families:
You are all the inspiration for all of our hard work. You are the real life "Superheroes" and you are why we are doing this. Thank you
Finally, thank you to all the citizens who have helped and supported us along the way. Even though we are still in the beginning stages of this amazing project, we have seen so much support from all of you through e-mails, letters, and through support on this and the causes websites. Thank you.
If you would like to help support us, become a member on this website, like the causes page on facebook (http://www.causes.com/causes/579559-support-the-creation-of-a-special-florida-license-plate-to-honor-fallen-police-officers ) or e-mail our chairman, Lauren Lofton, at firstname.lastname@example.org . Our own e-mail will be coming very soon!