SARASOTA, Fla. (WWSB) - Retired and active troopers came to honor a fallen Trooper Sergeant John C. Baxter Junior on Tuesday afternoon.
“He was a good husband, a good father, loved animals and just an all-around good person,”
Faye Baxter, remembers the best things about her late husband.
On October 2, 1985, Sergeant Baxter was aerial support and while searching for a bank robbery suspect, the plane lost altitude and crashed in East Bradenton.
In memory of his 25 years of service, a portion of US 41, between Tallevast Road and University Parkway is now named after him. It’s now called “Sargent John C Baxter Memorial Highway”.
Mrs. Baxter says to see a road named after her late husband is overwhelming.
“It’s an emotional moment. It makes me happy and very sad at the same time. And I want to thank everyone for what they’ve done, remembering my husband,” she says.
Sargent Baxter was 57 when he died.
According to FHP, including Sargent Baxter, 49 Troopers have died in the line of duty.