Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 42 / 19 October 2017

Memorial set for John Fitzinger


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A memorial will be held Friday, October 20 for Castro Patrol Special Police Officer John Fitzinger. The service will take place at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 221 Valley Street in San Francisco. A reception will follow at the Patio Cafe, 531 Castro Street.

Mr. Fitzinger was a longtime fixture in the Castro, where he worked to ensure safety in the neighborhood. He died October 7 following a procedure for heart-related problems. He was 61.

Patrol special police officers are approved by the San Francisco Police Department but hired by private businesses and individuals to provide security.

The volunteer group Castro Community on Patrol and Mr. Fitzinger's friends have created a GoFundMe page to help the family with funeral expenses. To donate, visit

To read the Bay Area Reporter's obituary for Mr. Fitzinger, see




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