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Trooper Donald Matejka

Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska

End of Watch Saturday, December 23, 1989

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Reflections for Trooper Donald Matejka

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

December 23, 2011

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service and 30 years of dedicated service. You are a hero just by the profession you chose.

Manchester, NH

December 22, 2007

"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 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.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

December 11, 2007

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


January 27, 2006

Don #192: I will always remember you. You were my very first FTO when I joined the NSP in 1978. You made me the officer that I am today, I owe you plenty. We had many great times and meals at the Whiteway Cafe in Meadow Grove. I often wondered how you were after I moved back to California and lost contact, now I know. I will miss you as tears come to my eyes. Your in Gods hands. Your young new recruit, former partner, and friend, Tony A. Gonzales, the former #421 out of Norfolk.

Officer Tony A. Gonzales
Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Ca. PD

January 28, 2005

God rest your soul.

December 23, 2004

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 28, 2004

Trooper Matejka,

I honor you and will not forget your 30 years of dedicated service, making this world a safer place. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

Jim Crotty, Special Agent (Ret.)
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms

June 29, 2004

rest in peace blue angel.

S. Yates
Concerned citizen

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