The act of a slain St. Petersburg police officer’s widow inspired Tampa lawyer Steve Yerrid.
Two months ago, Lorraine Yaslowitz-Marino donated stronger-but-lighter armor to the St. Petersburg Police Department’s SWAT team. Her husband, K-9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz, and another St. Petersburg officer were killed in a deadly 2011 confrontation with an armed fugitive hiding in an attic.
Yerrid said he wanted officers at the Tampa Police Department to have the same protection. Through his Yerrid Foundation, he donated about $28,000 to the Rise Tampa Our Police Foundation to purchase 75 Point Blank Active Shooter Response Kits.
Former Tampa police Chief Jane Castor launched the Rise Tampa foundation shortly before she retired to raise money from the private sector to purchase equipment and pay for training the department can’t cover in its own budget.