Al Hogle, Longboat Key police chief, was killed May 14 in a motorcycle crash in North Carolina.
According to Longboat Key Police Capt. Bill Tokajer, Hogle was riding with a group of friends in the mountains of North Carolina when the crash occurred.
Capt. Tokajer said Hogle was a great man, a good mentor, as well as his boss, and they were close. “He was a friend and a good Christian,” Tokajer said.
Hogle, who was in his early 60s, was formerly with the Sarasota Police Department. He served on the Sarasota City Commission, and also as mayor before taking the position of chief of the Bradenton Police Department. He served as Longboat Key’s police chief for the past 10 years.
“The entire Longboat Key police department is grieving,” Tokajer told NewsManatee. He will be greatly missed.”
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 24, at Robarts Arena, 3000 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota. A ceremony will follow at the Sarasota National Cemetery, 9810 State Road 72, Sarasota.
Memorial donations may be made to the Police Athletic League, sfpal.com; Meals on Wheels, mealsonwheels-sarasota.org; Shriner’s Hospital, shrinershospitalsforchildren.org; All Faiths Food Bank, allfaithsfoodbank.org; and Angel Flight, angelflight.com.
Mike Quinn, publisher of NewsManatee.com contributed to this report.