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Detective Donald James Manning

Fort Worth Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, June 27, 1993

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Reflections for Detective Donald James Manning

One of the boys convicted of the murder was a student at Meadowbrook Middle School at one time. He pulled a gun out of his waistband and pointed it at a student being escorted to the office by a teacher. He was in the 8th grade. He had been involved in a fight. I feel sorry for Detective Manning that the boy didn’t get the help he needed. Gangs were huge at Meadowbrook.


December 7, 2022

Hey Don! Today I stopped by here to just reflect on my friends lost to the job. I'm in NY now, ( Don't ask) and am working on a new project that involves local Peer Support, C.O.P.S. and our Veterans Chaplin support group. Been retired now 12 years. That night was brutal and I/we worked hard to find the guys who shot you. You remember Elmer Starr, he was fishing on the other side of the Lake. While searching the area I came across Elmer and told him what happened. He'd heard the shots but had no idea it was you. Knowing Elmer as we both did, it would have a very bad day for those guys if he had located them. Elmer passed away a few years back, still fishing.
I embark on this new venture in honor of you and my other friends who died.
God Bless Brother.

Officer Thomas Wiederhold
Fort Worth PD Retired

February 1, 2022

Don, we were classmates in Fort Worth (1986), friends and fierce basketball players! I think of you often and I wished I had been there as your backup on that fatal day! Rest In Peace!

Officer David Deck #2296
FWPD , San Angelo PD, Grand Prairie PD (ret)

January 6, 2021

Thank you for your service and know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

June 27, 2020

You are the reason I am here today. My life has been, and will forever be lived to the fullest because of you. God has given all of us a mission, and I am so grateful for the mission He chose for you. I will live on, because of you. Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought of you. I am now a teacher in special education, and have been able to help so many because you saved me. What a wonderful person you were, and continue to be by your guidance. You will always be thought of and missed.

The Life Donny Gave his Life for

June 28, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

July 4, 2015

We were buds thru the FWPD are deeply missed and everytime I drive by I30 and Oakland..I think of you and how tragic your loss was to this world! RIP my friend

Officer David G. Deck #2296
FWPD, San Angelo PD, retired GPPD

November 19, 2013

Hey Little Brother. It's been 22 years since we worked together but I still miss you. I loved working with you, you were a great officer. Your infectious laughter brought smiles to your fellow officers.

Jean Rowell, Sergeant
Haltom City PD

December 10, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 19th anniversary year 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 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your friends for sharing their devotion to you through their reflections.

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

December 1, 2012

I met your brother the other day. He told me your story. Everyone of us would have done the same thing. RIP Brother!!!!!!

Officer L. Pendleton

August 19, 2010

"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

February 6, 2008

I remember the first time I met you. It was at the FW POA Hall. You were hilarious. I will never forget that contagious smile and laugh!!!! RIP Brother. We will never forget you.

A Friend
Fort Worth

December 14, 2007

Being a native to Fort Worth, you took me under your wing and showed me the town. During the academy we became very close friends. In the years that followed we pursued our on career paths, but still were able to share many good times and laughs together. With that chuckle of yours and a joke there was never a time that you couldn't brighten up my day, or anyone else's.
There's never been a day go by that I haven't thought about you. For years I felt anguish over your death. I took a part time job instead of my wife and I meeting you at the park like we had agreed. Always the "what if" lingers in my mind.
I have to believe that for whatever reason, it's all part of God's bigger plan. Maybe he needed someone to brighten up his day? I thank you for the time your were in my life for I am a better person to have known you. Don, ole buddy, I still miss ya. Buck

Former Sgt. Buchholz

December 18, 2006

May You always Rest Peacefully with Our Lord and may He continue to watch over your family, friends and the FWPD.
A man remebered with love and respect never dies but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of others.

June 27, 2006

I was working the Night you were shot and raced to the park like everyone else. I ran into Elmer Starr on the Eastside of the lake fishing like he always does. I wished he'd been on you side of the lake, he was the guy to have in a fix.I hate to think of what those guys woulda looked like had he been able to help. Like he said that night "I'm Retired" so they can't fire me if I find em before you. Rest easy,,

Officer Thomas Wiederhold #1890
Fort Worth Police,Tx

January 25, 2006

Donnie, john ladd and I took you under our wings in hopes of making you a better detective than anyone else in the dept. you will not be forgotten my brother, love ya and will remember ya forever, Ron Pendegraft

Ron Pendergraft - Detective
Fort Worth P. D.

November 29, 2005


Thank you for taking me on my first ride-along. You were the person who first inspired me to enter law enforcement. I still think of you from time to time, when certain situations arise, and I try to handle things in the way that I feel you would handle them. You were a good friend, and an excellant role model. Thanks again for the direction.

Deputy Marshal Matt Petty
Mansfield Marshals Office

July 25, 2005


Very rarely does a day go by that I do not think of the "Little Guy". I am fortunate to have known and worked with you. Your zest for life was always a source of entertainment, rest easy.

Your partner,

Big Guy

Sgt. R. L. Krouse
Fort Worth Police Department

April 14, 2005

Detective Manning,

You were a true warrior, in every respect of the word, including your final battle. I honor you. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty (Former Richmond, VA Police Officer.)

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

July 8, 2004



February 5, 2004

Detective Donald James Manning, You will not be forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother. Never lie down, never surrender.

August 29, 2003

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