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Lieutenant Donald Albert Bezenah

St. Clair County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, August 31, 1990

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Reflections for Lieutenant Donald Albert Bezenah

God bless you on this your 30 anniversary in heaven

Nick mottola

August 31, 2020

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)

August 31, 2020

Just wanted to post again to say that I think of Don often, he was my first partner in law enforcement when I began almost 31 years ago. When doing officer memorial or officer safety presentations I always make it a point to talk to my audience about Don to let them know who he was and what a great man Don was. I am doing another presentation next month and plan on talking about Don and what he stood for.

Captain John Halpin
Michigan State Police

March 29, 2017

"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

November 26, 2007

They told us the story of your tragic death today during the Marine School. You never expect this to occur on the water, but it was a reminder of the dangers we can face. Thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Marine Deputy Bissett
Midland County Sheriff's Office

April 17, 2007

It was and always will be an honor to have worked with Don. I will not forget. May God bless all that you touched

Undersherif Kent B. Lagerquist
Macomb County Sheriff's Office

January 17, 2006

A husband, son, defender of saftey, but most of all a HERO!


December 25, 2004

I had the pleasure and honor to be Don's partner for part of the 1986 summer in the Marine Division. I was new to the job and Don took me under his wing and taught me the ropes. He passed on to me many things I think about and use today on a daily basis.

God Speed Don and may you continue to watch over your family and friends.


D/Sgt. John Halpin
Michigan State Police

October 14, 2003

I think of Don almost on a daily basis. He was a good friend, and fellow Law Enforcement Officer. Even close to 12 years later grieve for you. I was a Deputy Sheriff at the time of his death, and had already worked with a number of years backing each other up. You see I too was a Marine Deputy, and was assigned to Macomb County Sheriff - Marine Division. We had just worked a rescue late Wednesday, early Thursday morning off the Middle Channel where two people had fallen off a vessel, and along with the U.S. Coast Guard had been searching for over 1 1/2 hours, and were able to locate them safe, but cold. Spoke with Don, and both agreed that we loved these types of results, (meaning locating victims alive and well). We parted by Don saying, "Well guys, it was a great ending for the summer, I'll see you next year." (It was going to be Labor Day Weekend, which is in this area the Official end of Summer Boating Season.) Never in my wildest dreams would I believe that I would be one of the men who would next see Don dead. (I am sorry that I might be bringing up memories on others, but I miss him still to this day. He was my Friend, and Partner. May God Bless Don's Soul, and Keep his Family Safe.

Jim Cowan
Retired Lieutenant
Macomb County Sheriff's Office
September 29, 2000

Retired Lieutenant
Macomb County Sheriff's Office

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