Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Douglas J. Alexander

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, February 9, 1972

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Reflections for Detective Douglas J. Alexander

I worked with Doug in the North Central Detective Division. He was a fine and brave detective who took on two armed bar robbers with his 2-inch gun and made the ultimate sacrifice. May he Rest in Peace!

Andrew P. Sutor
Detective, NCDD Philadelphia Police Department

June 19, 2022

Det. Alexander,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during World War II. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 9, 2022

You stay in our prayers & in our memories, dear Detective Alexander, as the 50th year since your murder is approaching. The loving messages on ODMP, especially those from fellow Officers who continue to serve and from family members who have suffered the loss of their loved ones on the job rip at our hearts. You are remembered & honored and always will be. It is my hope that your Grand-daughter Tanya knows how highly regarded her Pop-Pop was and is, to this day.

So much has changed in many Police Departments across our Country in these troubling times, but NOTHING will ever change the Valor & Commitment of Officers like Doug Alexander who devoted their lives to the protection of fellow citizens. To thank you for your service dear Detective Alexander, doesn't even begin to cover it. We will continue to honor your memory.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia PD Officers

January 11, 2022

Your courage and selfless act that day are the true definition of heroism. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

February 9, 2021

Another year has passed, dear Detective since that day when you showed immediate courage, in drawing your weapon to protect others in the establishment, while you were off duty. It is the hope of all our Police Families that your Family knows you have not been & will not be forgotten and that you are held in our hearts as the years go by.

Our thoughts also extend to every Family member of every Fallen Officer on this site, across our Nation, who has given the ultimate sacrifice in the hope you all know your Family Heroes are held in the hearts of others who care deeply. To say 'thank you' doesn't even begin to cover the respect & sorrow in our hearts. We continue to honor the beloved memory of all of you.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

February 9, 2020

47 years ago on this day, the citizens of Philadelphia lost a dedicated Detective, Douglas Alexander. His Family lost an honorable man. Thank you, dear Detective Alexander for your courage & commitment to the PPD & to the citizens of Philadelphia. I still have the Philadelphia Inquirer news story, dated February 17, 1972 written by ADA William H. Wolf, Jr. who had known Doug for 13 years. The INQUIRER's lead-in to the story reads: 'Slain last Wednesday, Douglas Alexander was a Cop's Cop. His character & philosophy shine through a text prepared by an Assistant DA'.

The ADA's testament paid tribute to the character, fairness & respect that Detective Alexander held true to during his career as a member of the Philadelphia Police Department. And to his love of Family. Although I never had the privilege of meeting Detective Alexander myself, in all these years I read this article now & then and think about the young Philadelphia Police recruits who were guided by this good man. Rest in the Peace you have earned, Doug Alexander. Thank you for your dedicated service, dear Detective. You have never been forgotten, nor is your Family. We honor your memory.

My hope & prayer is that his Family knows he is not forgotten

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Officers

February 9, 2019

I found this page completely by accident, but am glad that I did. Detective Alexander (PopPop) was my grandfather. Although I was only 8 when he was killed, I remember that day like it was yesterday. He will always be in my heart and never forgotten. Thank you all for the kind words.

Tanya L Alexander-Smith

September 14, 2018

A Hero now in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

February 9, 2015

Detective Alexander was my Dad's partner. I heard many stories about him through the years from my Father, my favorite being the one where Detective Alexander was the only detective who could interrogate a suspect in Italian, when many of the other detectives present actually were Italian. My Dad had the utmost respect for his partner as both a brother in blue and as a very good friend. Thank you for your service, Sir. You will never be forgotten.

Lisa Citrone McAllister
Daughter of Lt. Daniel L. Citrone

December 27, 2014

Good Detective, Good Man, Good Friend, died too young.

Lt Jude T Walsh (Ret)
Philadelphia P. D.

August 21, 2012

Although I had just left a post for you, I had to revisit you because I read your other reflections and learned that you were one of Tuskagee Airmen. These brave young men were recently memorialized in a movie produced by George Lucas called "Red Tails". I had always been impressed by the valor of these airmen, but left that film feeling humbled by their courage and patriotism.
You were a hero throughout your life and our nation owes all of you a great debt.

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

February 9, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 40th 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.

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

Rest In Peace.

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

February 9, 2012

RIP.You are not forgotten.


December 1, 2008

May you always rest in peace and know that you will never be forgotten.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

February 9, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 7, 2008

"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

January 24, 2008

Det. Alexander, you are not forgotten.

P/O #5434
Phila PD

September 19, 2007

I was working at Conroy's gas station on Wister Street in Germantown when Mr. Alexander was killed. He was a regular customer at the station. I was shocked when I leard he had been killed right across the street. It was a sad day.

May 13, 2006

Detective Alexander was a member of the Tuskegee Airmen. He was murdered while attempting to stop an armed robbery of a East Mt. Airy bar while off duty. May he rest in Peace


March 17, 2005

Detective Alexander,
On today, the 33rd anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Philadelphia.


February 9, 2005

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