Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
Tampa, FL
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    Release Number: 12-028

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 27, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    Safety Checkpoint Dedicated To The Memory Of Josie DeStefano Palomino

    Palomino was killed by a drunk driver.
    • Thursday
    • January 26, 2012
    • Time: 8:00 PM
    • Highway 60 and Parsons Avenue
    • Brandon, FL

    Agencies In Attendance:

    • Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • Florida Highway Patrol
    • Tampa Police Department
    • Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers
    • D.U.I. Counter Attack


    On January 26, 2012, HCSO dedicated a Safety Checkpoint in the memory of Josie DiStefano Palomino who was killed by a drunk driver nearly 28 years ago. Colonel Greg Brown, Department of Patrol Service and members of the HCSO DUI Squad presented a plaque to Linda Unfried in honor of her sister Josie Palomino.

    Linda Unfried is the Hillsborough County Chapter President for Mother's Against Drunk Drivers and has dedicated decades in providing public awareness against drunk driving and keeping our roads safe.

    HCSO will continue to dedicate checkpoints in the future to a family whose loved one has been killed by a drunk driver.

    Sheriff David Gee has said, "We will continue to lead the effort in arresting drunk drivers and removing them from our roadways in hopes one day these dedications will no longer be needed".
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