TAMPA - Long-stemmed red roses rest on the Tampa Police Fallen Officer Memorial today.
We watched a fellow police officer place two red candles burning at the base of the marble memorial etched with the names of officers who have given their lives in the line-of-duty to protect us.
Now two more names will be added.
Tampa police told ABC Action News both men excelled at their jobs as police officers, receiving high marks for professionalism, honor, dedication, and good judgment on the job.
31-year old David Lamar Curtis spent more than 3-years with the Tampa Police Department.
He was married to wife, Kelly, and a devoted father with four sons, ranging in age from 8-months-old to 9-years-old.
Curtis served with HCSO as a Detention Deputy prior to his role at the Tampa Police Department and had served on the Rapid Offender Control Squad.
He just made a trip to Washington D.C. to attend the National Law Enforcement Memorial Service in late April.
31-year-old Jeffrey Alan Kocab had nearly fourteen-months on the force.
He had previously served 3-years as an officer with the Plant City Police Department.
He moved through TPD’s training program at accelerated pace because of his outstanding police work.
Kocab was married and his wife, Sarah, is 9-months pregnant. Mayor Pam Iorio confirmed to ABC Action News reporter Bill Logan that Sarah went into labor shortly after Kocab’s death.
For complete coverage, see the ABC Action News.com special report: Tampa Police Tragedy .
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