Reporting Mike Schuh
BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Baltimore police completed one of their toughest missions– paying tribute to an officer killed in the line of duty.
Mike Schuh has more on the funeral of Officer Forrest “Dino” Taylor.
Every top manager on the force knew of Dino Taylor. Highly decorated and eager, he stood out to them as an example of a good cop.
When you have served your department, served your family, served your city and your friends, hundreds upon hundreds will show up when you’re gone to remind your family about what you meant to them.
“I think he is what it takes to have a dedicated long career– 17 years doing all those difficult assignments,” Deputy Commissioner John Skinner of the Baltimore Police Department said.
His last assignment in the central district ended in a car crash when he was en route to back up another officer. He never recovered and died after a recent surgery.
“Toward the end of his career, he was a mentor,” Skinner said of Officer Taylor. “And in fact, he was going to be moved up to the Police Academy to train future officers.”
Dino, as he was known by everyone, was an avid biker. His custom Harley was trucked down as part of the procession. In front and behind his hearse, members of his Elkridge Motorcycle Club– The Archangel Riders.
With time in homicide, a task force to catch bad guys and walking the beat, Taylor will be remembered.
“He is the example of commitment,” Skinner said.
Taylor is the first city officer to die in the line of duty this year. He is survived by his wife of eight years and two children, aged seven and five.