Daniel Barber is a twenty-year veteran of the St. Petersburg Police Department and the team captain for Law Enforcement United Team- St. Pete. Consisting of officers from the St. Petersburg Police Department, the team raises funds to participate in the Law Enforcement United – Road to Hope Charity Bicycle Ride. The ride takes place during Police Memorial Week in Washington D.C. and covers a distance of 250 miles over the course of three days (May 10-12), from Chesapeake, VA to Washington D.C. Each rider is required to raise a minimum of $1,500.00 in order to participate.
Law Enforcement United allows survivors, family members of a fallen officer, to participate in the ride each year. This is the first year that Team St. Pete has had a survivor on their team. “We are so honored to have the sister of K9 Officer Jeffrey Yaslowitz E.O.W. 1/24/2011, Stefanie Yaslowitz, joining us this year for the 2019 Road to Hope Ride. I truly believe this is the greatest city. Let’s show Stefanie Yaslowitz how much we appreciate her by showing up in force to this year’s concert,” Barber expressed.
Officers from S.P.P.D. have been participating in the ride since 2011, following the loss of three officers in the line of duty within three weeks of each other. Funding raised by Law Enforcement United is dispersed to charities that support fallen officers’ families throughout the nation. To raise the necessary funds to participate in the ride, Team St. Pete hosts a charity concert at Jannus Live in Downtown St. Pete.
This year the concert is being held on March 1, 2019 from 6:00 PM -10:00 PM. General admission concert tickets are a $10 donation, while a $25 donation allows access to the V.I.P. section that includes food and beverages, located on the second floor. “It would be so moving to see the venue filled with people this year. I am hoping that with help from our community, more people will hear about the concert and we will make it a reality,” said Barber.
From Daniel Barber:
I have lived in St. Pete almost my entire life. I moved away to attend the University of Florida and worked for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office for a few years. While working for Polk County, I met my wife, Stephanie. Somehow, I convinced her to marry me and move to the far away, foreign land known as Winter Haven, FL. My wife is a native of St. Pete and was actually born in the city at St. Anthony’s Hospital (where she currently works as a critical care nurse). So, getting her to move away, nonetheless marry me, seemed to be a little bit of a miracle. When Stephanie became pregnant in 1998, she declared to me that we were moving home. Ever since 1999, I have been back and serving my hometown with the St. Petersburg Police Department. We have three sons together. I refer to them as the “Demolition Crew” because they are so proficient at breaking things. I am a sergeant and I am currently assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. I genuinely believe I have the best job in the police department. I love going to work and have a true passion for what I do. Several of my closest friends that I work with at the department have shared their experiences with me about going through the St. Pete Chamber’s Leadership St. Pete (L.S.P). I truly believe this is one of the greatest cities on earth and after learning how L.S.P. gives back to the city, I knew I had to join. On my second try, I was selected. I am currently a member of Leadership St. Pete Class of 2019, The Greatest Class Ever.