(Jan. 10, 1926 – Jan. 22, 1967)
Patrolman Harry L. Conyers, Jr., was born Jan. 10, 1926, in Miami. He served in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the United States Army before joining the Clearwater Police Department on Oct. 15, 1962.
On Feb. 22, 1964, Patrolman Conyers volunteered for, and was assigned to, duty as a Motorcycle Officer.
On Jan. 18, 1967, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office requested an escort for a deputy on a “blood run” to Morton Plant Hospital, and Patrolman Conyers, driving a 1964 Harley Davidson, was dispatched.
At 8:59 p.m., while responding to the call, Patrolman Conyers was involved in a crash on Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, just west of Saturn Avenue, and suffered severe head injuries.
He was taken to Morton Plant Hospital, where he died at 3:45 p.m. on Jan. 22, 1967, without ever regaining consciousness. He was 41 years old. He was the first Clearwater officer ever killed in the line of duty.
Patrolman Conyers was survived by his parents, his wife, two sons and five daughters. Burial was at Sylvan Abbey.