The Hideaway Cafe - St Petersburg's Original Listening Room! 1756 Central Ave, St Petersburg, FL 727.644.7895

Benefit for St Petersburg's Fallen Police Officers

In light of the recent tragedy that's taken place in our own backyard, with the loss of two of St Pete's finest, Sergeant Thomas Baitinger and K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, we at the Hideaway feel compelled to help, in some small way, the families of these two fallen heroes. Join us Sunday, Feb 6, from 12-4, at the Hideaway Cafe while we do our best to raise some money for those left behind in the wake of this terrible tragedy.

Longtime friend and St Petersburg Police Officer, Matt Reagan, is also a talented drummer and client of the Hideaway. He and many others will join us in celebrating their lives. We'll have music all afternoon and all donations will be given to the "Suncoast Law Enforcement Charities, Inc." Fund. No donation is too small. More to come...stay tuned for a lineup of musicians dedicating their time and talent. Your ideas are welcome for any way we can make this fund grow. Please contact John at 644.7895 if you're interested in being a part of this day of remembrance.

The information below is taken from StPete.Org

Sergeant Thomas Baitinger
Sergeant Thomas J. Baitinger, 48, was hired by the St. Petersburg Police Department on June 24, 1996. He was later 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 any children.

K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz
K-9 Officer Jeffrey A. Yaslowitz, 39, began his law enforcement career with the St. Petersburg Police Department on April 19, 1999. He was a K-9 officer and who 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 - 5 and 12 years of age, and a girl, 8 years of age.

Press Release from January 24: Two St. Petersburg Police Officers Killed in the Line of Duty