Donald Ray TuckerClinton Police Department, North Carolina
End of Watch: Thursday, November 14, 1991
Reflections for Police Officer Donald Ray Tucker
You had what it takes to stay in law enforcement. I did serve briefly but had another calling. You served proud and did the tucker family proud. I wish the family well and peace. I was just going through the pages and noticed that we have lost a lot of Tuckers over the years. Peace to all my brothers and sisters of the shield be safe out there.
February 27, 2012
Donald Ray was, despite his youth, one of the finest officers it has ever been my privilege to know. He loved his community, his family, and law enforcement, and hated drugs. nearly 20 years later, I still recall the way he cocked his head when he smiled, and the games of "hide and seek" on the streets of Clinton when the all-night patrols were quiet. RIP, Donald Ray.
Columnist Jefferson Weaver
The Pender Post
May 16, 2011
I am thinking about you today. I have thought about you many days. Although our friendship was brief, you made such an impression on me that it still remains to this day. I still remember your smile. I still remember your look when you knew I was up to something. I remember your kindness. I remember your nature "to protect" although I never knew you were an officer. I remember THAT DAY (I could not breathe). I remember your viewing. I remember your mother and your lady. I remember their pain. I knew you as the wonderful person you were and I cry when I remember how it was all taken away. Yes, although it has been many years, I still remember......Love to you and all your family
Missing You Still
August 23, 2010
I was just thinking about you the other day... Its been a long since your untimley death. Just wanted to say that I missed you and that smile of yours.. I know you're watching over us. Gone but not forgotten
August 5, 2009
Fallen long ago, but Never forgotten.
R.I.P Officer Tucker.
Sgt Jean Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP-Service, Traffic Unit
July 22, 2009
Hey, Donald. We still miss you. You were a true friend. I remember trying hard to steer you away from Narcotics and into the federal prison system. You died doing what you enjoyed. My prayer is to meet you in heaven. I know that is where you are. I love you, Brother.
GS 11 Michael Lockamy
Federal Bureau of Prisons
September 1, 2008
Donald, you are remembered and missed. You died doing what we narc's do. Thank you for your service. Rest in peace my friend!!!
Tony Keller Lt. Retired
July 18, 2008
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
December 26, 2007
Officer Tucker Rest in Peace my brother and thank you for your service .
To Clinton's Parents
I want to thank you for the words you provided to Joshua Norris EOW 7/5/07 who was to be my son in-law, they touched my daughter and has helped my family during a dark time. My daughter had a general idea of how large our police family was, but your reflection showed just how large the family of blue is. I know it has been some time since your son has left these earthly bonds, but my prayers are with you
Deputy John Latour
Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office
December 19, 2007
You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service
Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH
November 30, 2007
Thank You for serving the Carolinas.
You died while doing the one job in law enforcement that I went so far to avoid, that I began doing radio shows, just so my voice would be recognizable - making me no good for UC assignments.
May You Rest-In-Peace.
Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
November 14, 2007
Thank you for your service to your fellowman. Rest in peace my brother.
State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables
November 14, 2006
Fallen long ago, but NEVER forgotten.
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEO's
November 2, 2006
I finally took time to stop by your page. I know that heaven is really safe being there are law enforcements officers I know there. Please take care of Phil for me. I know you guys are doing a great job patroling.
Always know in my heart that each time I see a squad car I think of you. You made us proud serving the town. We'll meet again one day and I'll be able to see your gorgeous smile.
I love and miss you!
Your lil' cousin whose grown up now.
Anitra Howard Owens Wilson
October 16, 2006
To the family and friends of Officer Donald Ray Tucker, his fellow officers , and most especially to Officer Tucker:
On this the fourteenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your valor and dedication are not forgotten. Your memory is still revered for your heroic acts that culminated in your brutal murder.
I am so saddened that you were killed at such a young age. I know that was a tremendous blow to your father.
May your family continue to be supported by their law enforcement family, and other police survivors.
This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the service Officer Tucker gave to his community and the citizens of North Carolina, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 14, 1991.
Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05 (Larry & I were NC natives too)
November 14, 2005
God bless you for your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero for your actions.
St. Louis City Police
July 27, 2005
Rest in Peace Officer Tucker. We've got the watch now. We are all saddened by your death and you will not be forgotten. Godspeed
A Fellow Brother in Blue
PSO R. Erwin
Watauga DPS, TX
March 10, 2005
Your earthly loss is heaven's gain... say hello to my Auntie Maude and brother 'Rell who also made heaven a better place in 2004....
I'm Having the Time of My Life
I'm having the time of my life now, the battle is almost won
My faith is strong and my conscience is clear, and I've only begun.
To know the peace He has promised me, the joy of a job well done.
And I count my blessings along the way, And I thank Him for everyone.
I'm having the time of my like right now.
For I never thought I'd ever be given a second chance such as The Lord has given me,
To see with clearer eyes then I have ever seen before.
To know when I knock, HIS Hand will open the door.
How like a dream my old life seems, So far within the past I've traded
foolish fantasies for the things that I will know will last.
And I am strong within His strength, and precious in His sight,
Accepting all He sends, Because His ways are always right.
I'm having the time of my life right now.
Because I've learned to share everything with GOD, each minute I am here.
For He alone can read my heart. And He knows what is in my heart, and within me.
And He makes all things wonderful, because He is my friend!
March 8, 2005
~~~To those I Love and Those Who Love Me~~~
When I am gone, release me, Let me go
I have so many things to see and do.
You mustn't tie yourself to me with tears,
Be happy that we had so many years.
I gave you my love, you can only guess
How much you gave to me in happiness.
I thank you for the love you each have shown,
But now it's time I traveled alone.
So grieve a while if indeed you must
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.
It's only for a while that we must part
So bless the memories within your heart,
I won't be far away, for life goes on
So if you need me, call and I will come
Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near
And if you listen with your heart, you'll
Hear all of my love around you soft and clear
And when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and say,
January 20, 2005
I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).
We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.
These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.
...Gone, but never Forgotten....
Haywood Co EMS (NC)
April 5, 2004
"He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare ."
332 U WILL NOT BE FORGOTEN
CLINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
CLINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT
September 15, 2003
Your friends at Coastal Plains Law Enforcment Center will remember you.
Coastal Plains Brother
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