Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Jonathan Thomas McDonald

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, November 15, 2010

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Reflections for Trooper Jonathan Thomas McDonald

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

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 whose 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.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 23, 2010

Thank you for your service, you made a difference.

Gods Police Department

November 23, 2010

Rest in peace...prayers to your family

Cpl. C. Boone
Hood Co Tx Sheriffs Office

November 23, 2010

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO

November 23, 2010

Rest in peace, you we heroic to the end. God bless your family, child & the Department!

Mom of CO Spgs Office
Colorado Springs PD

November 22, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with those friends and family members that are left behind and cannot follow. Rest in peace my brother in blue...we will take it from here.

PFC Adam F Laser
Westminster City Police Department

November 22, 2010

Rest in Peace brother and may GOD look over your family and the Texas DPS.

Trooper Archie Forsyth
Louisiana State Police (Troop A)

November 21, 2010

Jonathan, you leave us suddenly. You will not be forgotten. We have the watch. Rest in peace.

Trooper II Daren Lamp
Texas Highway Patrol

November 21, 2010

Our hearts and prayers go out to your family and friends in their time of sorrow. May God Bless and Rest in Peace!

Cpl David Murphy

November 21, 2010

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help Though at times I shook with fear. And sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept an unmanly tear.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here. They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand. I never expected or had too much, But if you don't...I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

November 21, 2010

Rest in Peace Trooper may your name be written into
Gods book of HEROS never to be forgotten.
May the Lord grant comfort and peace to your
family,friends and co-workers

R Eberhart Partner to Royce Anderson
EOW 10/26/81 HCSO Houston Tx

November 21, 2010

I am so sorry for your loss.

Mother-in-law of D EOW 04-26-09

November 21, 2010

RIP brother Jonathan.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

Det Bevenour
Gettysburg PD

November 20, 2010

When God sent His angels to bring you home, He had His reasons. Someday we will be able to ask why, but for now, we offer prayers of peace and comfort to those left behind. RIP Brother

Edwin A. Keeney (SMSgt)
USAF Security Police (Retired)

November 20, 2010

Continue your walk with Jesus where all things are perfect.
Your Family will be taken care of by your Brother and Sister Troopers. God Bless till we can all be rejoined at the Glorious Coming of LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST!!!

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper(Retired)

November 19, 2010

Rest in peace troop. We will continue the watch for you. Be blessed in that you know the good Lord loves you and will hold you in his arms. May he also bless your wife and child and give her the strentgh to hold up during this sad and tragic event. May the good Lord aslo bless the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety. I was 8399 Del Rio.

Trooper Bobby D. White
Alabama State Troopers- Troop G

November 19, 2010

Rest in Eternal Peace dear brother. Prayers are with the family and friends. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your honorable service. God bless.

Margaret Hood
Citizen Watch

November 19, 2010

Trooper McDonald, you served the State of Texas with pride and dignity. You will always be remembered. May God watch over you and your family. Rest in peace, brother.

Trooper Peter C. Hooker
Florida Highway Patrol - Troop D

November 19, 2010

Rest in peace brother. God Bless you and your family.

Sgt. Michael Paciorek
Hampshire County Deputy Sheriff

November 19, 2010

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Trooper McDonald as well as the brotherhood at Texas Highway Patrol. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse Police Department

November 19, 2010

Thoughts and Prayers for TPR McDonald's family and Texas DPS. God Bless you all.

Sgt. John Peters
Louisiana State Police, Monroe, LA

November 18, 2010



November 18, 2010

Over the years there have been several DPS Officers kill in the line of duty in the Post, Texas area. Post is small and all of us feel the pain when one of our neighbors is kill in his service to the community. My wife and I will say prayers for Trooper McDonald and his family, knowing that is spirit is with Creator.

No rank a
Neighbor in Post, Texas

November 18, 2010

May God comfort this warriors family and always let it be known your Husband and Father was an American Hero that made a differance in the world in which we live.

Trooper David Osborne
Tennessee Highway Patrol

November 18, 2010

Trooper McDonald, you will not be forgotten! R.I.P.

Deputy Sheriff
Livingston County (Il) Sheriff's Ofc.

November 18, 2010

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