Trooper First Class
Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.Maryland State Police, Maryland
End of Watch: Tuesday, September 18, 1973
Reflections for Trooper First Class Donald Eugene Parkerson, Jr.
I was in Parkie's academy class. We worked together at the Waldorf Barrack, and when I transferred to Salisbury, he went into the Aviation Division. I was devastated when I heard of his death.
He proudly served our country in Vietnam and he proudly served the people of Maryland.
He will never be forgotten.
Sergeant John R. Somers, Ret.
Maryland State Police
March 14, 2011
Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.
Jim, you were an amazing man who impacted many lives. From your reflections, I see that you are missed and loved by so many. May your spirit continue to soar.
Rest In Peace
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
September 18, 2010
Sir, on today the 36th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and your partner for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Maryland. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.
September 18, 2009
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
February 18, 2008
Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police
September 18, 2007
In 1971, I was selected to participate in a Boys State program involving a stay of one week with trainees at the State Police Academy in Pikesville. I was Parkerson's (I never heard him called anything else) roommate for this week. He was a quiet, gentle, and extremely intelligent man, but had an amazing and wonderful sense of humor, and I believe he would have been a loyal and lifelong friend. I didn't know him long, but he touched me deeply, and I think of him often. Thanks for this opportunity to honor him.
July 16, 2007
You are not forgotten Trooper Parkerson. Thank you.
December 25, 2004
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