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Fallen Officer - Richard S. Booth

Officer Richard S. Booth

On November 28, 1943, Motorcycle Officer Richard S. Booth, 29, was killed instantly when his motorcycle overturned at Louisiana Avenue and 11th Street, while chasing a speeding vehicle.

Officer Booth was observed pursuing a vehicle north on Nebraska Avenue, in which there were three boys and a girl. When he made a right turn onto Louisiana Ave., Officer Booth dropped his motorcycle, but got up immediately and continued the pursuit.

As he sped east on Louisiana, crossing 11th St., his motorcycle hit a dip in the pavement and went out of control. The vehicle fled the scene.

A 17-year-old juvenile was later arrested and charged with no valid driver's license and reckless driving. In December of 1943, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

His wife, daughter and two sons survived Officer Booth.

Tampa Police Memorial Committee, Inc.