Brittany Gordon, daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon, died Saturday serving in the U.S. Army overseas in Afghanistan.
Police sent out a press announcment at 11 p.m. Monday to inform the community of 24-year-old Brittany Gordon's death.
"This loss is devastating. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Gordon and his family during this time of unimaginable grief," said St. Petersburg Police Chief Chuck Harmon in a statement. "We know that the coming days will be extremely difficult and we will stand by ready to offer our support to Chief Gordon and his family in whatever manner possible."
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Gordon's death was an unfortunate first in the Tampa Bay area.
"Gordon appears to be the first military woman from this area — Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties — to die in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Relatives said the military personnel who visited her mother's St. Petersburg home Saturday night did not provide details of Gordon's death. Gordon's mother spent the morning accepting visitors before leaving Sunday afternoon for Dover, Del., to be on hand for the arrival her only child's remains, scheduled for 11:45 p.m."
"I know that Chief Gordon was extremely proud of Brittany and all that she
accomplished in her life," Harmon added. "Her life of service and especially service to her country stand as a testament to the type of person she was."
According to police, given that this is a private matter, they do not plan to offer any information to the media independent of the wishes of Chief Gordon. Details regarding the circumstances his daughter's death will be handled by the military, police said.