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Officer James E. McCabe

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Friday, September 1, 1978

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Reflections for Officer James E. McCabe

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

Officer McCabe,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of California. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
U.S. Border Patrol

September 1, 2012

Jim was one of my classmates at the academy. On the night of our graduation we went out to dinner together. I remember having a conversation on whether we would remember all the stuff we learned at the academy and if we would 'make it' when we were assigned to the field. Years later he was killed on-duty in a helicopter crash. I remember sitting across from him at the restaurant and having that conversation. A moment lost it time. I never forgot it. R.I.P. my brother.

Ed Custer
CHP retired

March 18, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer McCabe. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first 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.


Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

September 1, 2009

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 21, 2007

On the 29th anniversary of Officer McCabe's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Officer McCabe is not forgotten.

Agent Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

September 2, 2007

May the lord be with you

December 21, 2005

Jim was one of my classmates at the CHP Academy in Sacramento; one of several of the small graduating class that have given the ultimate sacrifice. He was a quiet guy, with a great sense of humor, always laughing. He could face a lot of stress and still have that smile on his face. We lost more than half of our class during the stressful training, but I always knew that Jim would be one of the guys who would make it all the way - it is a tragedy that his career was cut short so tragically. I know there were a lot of heavy hearts when we heard of his death. He was one of the CHP's finest.

Officer John E. M. Yeaw (Ret.)
California Highway Patrol

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