WUFT News

Vigil to be held to mark officer’s death anniversary

By on February 12th, 2013

An annual candlelight vigil will be held Tuesday night to mark the 12-year anniversary of Gainesville police officer Scott Baird’s death.

Baird received a call on Feb. 12, 2001, about a large metal cage blocking Northwest 16th Terrace and went to the scene to investigate. There, Ira Warren, 17, struck the cage with his car. The cage hit Baird and sent him flying into Baird’s control car, killing the young officer.

“We come together as a community, officers, friends and family members of Scott to show that we haven’t forgotten about Officer Baird,” GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said.

Though Warren was charged with speeding and received a driver’s license restriction, investigators never found out who put the metal cage in the road. Tobias said hundreds of people were interviewed at the time of the incident, but no one came forward. He hopes the vigil will raise awareness of the incident.

“We still would like to find who was responsible, mainly to give the family some closure,” Tobias said. “Right now they still have it hanging over their heads.”

Between 50 and 100 people are expected to attend the vigil, which will be held at 7 p.m. on the 1900 block of Officer Scott M. Baird Boulevard (Northwest 16th Boulevard behind Gainesville High School).

While responding to a call about moving an object out of the road may not seem overtly dangerous, Tobias says it’s important that people are aware that any call poses a certain amount of risk.

“We knew when we accepted this job that there is an inherent risk, but we do it every day because its what we believe we were meant to do,” Tobias said. “We train for the best and prepare for the worst.”

Leila Milgrim wrote this story online.


This entry was posted in Local. Bookmark the permalink.
 

More Stories in Local

Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

Unexpected Fireworks Leave Some Veterans On Edge

Veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder may face obstacles during the holiday weekend. Military With PTSD, a nonprofit organization, has started a campaign to help educate people about the effects of fireworks on people with PTSD.


The confederate soldier statue stands outside of the Alachua County Administration Building. Due to recent controversy in the nation, the monument's downtown location is raising concern for the local community.

Protesters Appeal To City Commission Over Confederate Statue

Protesters seeking to remove the downtown statue of the Confederate soldier spoke to city officials for the first time since the campaign began in late June. This is the first of several efforts that will go on over the next two weeks among protesters who call for the County Commission to take down the statue.


Grace Marketplace Reflects On First Year

Grace Marketplace has served the local homeless community for one year. The community is part of a 10-year plan, conceived in 2005, to end homelessness.


John Denny, the head brewer and a co-owner of First Magnitude Brewing Co., poses with the growlers the brewery sells. Starting July 1, breweries can legally sell the 64-ounce size in Florida. Nicole Gomez / WUFT News

Gainesville Brewers Celebrate Legal 64-Ounce Growlers

As SB 186 goes into effect Wednesday, Gainesville brewers are preparing to celebrate. Breweries expect the 64-ounce growlers to attract people from outside the state that will come and patronize Florida’s growing craft beer industry.


The downtown clock has frozen in time. Currently the city is reviewing all avenues to resolve the problem but does not have a time table yet for the clock to start ticking again.

City Still Looking For Solution To Repair Historic Downtown Clock

The downtown Gainesville clock has stopped working. The city does not yet know the extent of the problem, but is looking into how long it will take to fix.


Thank you for your support

WUFT depends on the support of our community — people like you — to help us continue to provide quality programming to North Central Florida.
Become a Sustainer
I want to support FM 89.1/NPR
I want to support Florida's 5/PBS
Donate a Vehicle
Underwriting Payments