Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper David Irvine Rucker

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, September 29, 1981

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Reflections for Trooper David Irvine Rucker

David was my very best friend and we spent a lot of time together. He was such a good person, and I miss him ... David loved his home that he had built himself at Port Isabel. He loved his kids so much, he was always talking about and about his wife Teresa...I was a locomotive engineer at the tIme and David was always recruiting me to go to work for DPS...I did eventually get into law enforcement in 1984 and retired in 2009,

David, my friend, rest easy and know we think of you daily....

Chief of Police, retired Brady Parker
McAllen P.D. Combes Police Department

April 19, 2018

RIP Trooper Rucker.

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 12, 2018

Trooper Rucker: I just saw the news report on KRGV 5 about your life and that of the other victim, Police Officer Carrizales. I am not in law enforcement but I have extreme respect for those who serve and protect. You are a hero to many. May you be in complete joy now standing with God, our Father. May God bless your family. I am a private citizen who does and will honor you for your commitment and sacrifice. Rest in peace.

Ruben O'Bell
Texas House of Representatives

September 3, 2015

I was about 12 years old when I first saw David. He was the best friend of my older brother. We lived in Homestead, Florida at the time. David was about 16 or 17 years old, but I remember his beautiful smile and how handsome he was. It broke my heart to hear of his death. David you were and still are a hero.

Bee Buxkemper
Friend

February 27, 2015

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 10, 2013

David,

You knew that for the 15 years that we friends, you were always a loyal and true friend. You always treated me as one of the family. Our friendship was genuine and lasting. I can't tell you how much you are missed. I think I lived more at your place than at my own home. Thelma would know as she also was so kind to me. Just to let you know David, my son Justin also began his stint as a State Trooper in 2006, I am so proud of him.

I just wanted to you to know David how much of an influence you were to me, as I just retired after 27 years in Law Enforcement.

I would love to connect with Thelma and family again. It's been a long time.

Brady Parker Chief of Police (ret)

Brady Parker Chief of Police (Ret)
Very Close Friend

January 6, 2012

Honorable Sir,

I never had the honor to have met you. I met your son in junior high and by then I too had also lost my dad. He was always a good friend to me. Soft spoken and well mannered. Never would anyone have imagined that he had endured such a tradegy. God only knows I had my issues at having lost my dad to natural causes. His persona, unknown to him, would later help shape my attitude as I would also face such a similiar tradegy in my immediate family. Only difference was that my loss was not in service. Sir, your son and one of our other classmates would share a common life altering experience, the loss of a father in the line of duty, just five years later. I am here to let you know that your service and sacrifice are not forgotten. I tell your story to my family as we drive on that fateful highway. I tell law enforcement officials from the State Prison, that bears your name and that of Officer Carrizales, that I know your son and that your sacrifice is a poignant reminder each and everyday whether I am on duty or not. The same remains with that of the Segovia-Lopez Unit near Edinburg. It is my hope my children will tell their children your story, I know they will.

Blindfaith
U.S. Marines

October 29, 2011

Wish I could have met you, believe me when I say you have lived on in stories and in the hearts of many. 30 yrs ago my family lost a great man.

Theresa Rucker

September 29, 2011

I personally know Debra, one of the daughters of Trooper Rucker. I know its not easy growing up with a parent not in the picture, and its a challenge everyday.

I know that your father would be very proud of you, not only as a daughter but as a mother as well. God bless all officers regardless of service branch. RIP trooper Rucker.

pat cole
friend of family

September 21, 2011

The 30th Anniversary of Trooper Ruckers murder is coming up soon. I have much respect for him and the men and women who protect us. I would like to personally pay my respects to him. Can anyone tell me where he is buried?

Lionel Alva, Jr.

June 9, 2011

Trooper Rucker your grave lies 5 feet from my grandfather's. I often go and see my grandpa after a long night of taking calls and I always go to your headstone and say a prayer. Whenever I see a trooper on a stop in my city I stop and make sure they are Code 4. Sometimes they are grateful, sometimes they are annoyed and sometimes I'm a Godsend. Either way we are all brothers...until that day Trooper Rucker.

R.G.
San Benito Police dept

December 1, 2009

Remembering you on this anniversary. You would be so proud of your beautiful grandchildren. New baby boy this year named after you. Love You! Your daughter, Debra Rucker McGonagill

Anonymous

September 29, 2009

Rest in peace brother.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

September 29, 2009

Trooper David Rucker, Friend and Brother;

I was the Pastor at St. Andrew's By The Sea Church, Port Isabel, Texas, as well as part time Cameron County Park Ranger detailed to Cameron County Parks on S.Padre Island during your "watch". Our church was down the street from your family's home.

Monday morning September 28 1981 we gathered at the cafe in the Sea Ranch Hotel for coffee and conversation with other "locals" and it was always a treat. You shared that you were seriously considering teaching law enforcement and criminal justice but felt that you would long for your patrol duties if you did teach. You were talking about taking time "soon" and spending time with your children and ponder your choices. The next evening these dreams were changed tragically and fatally.

Your loss to your family, our community and our lives still resinates today twenty-eight years later. You and our brother Enrico Carrizales from Los Fresnos, Texas shared the same fate from the same hate-filled man. Two brothers, one night, families changed forever.

Prayers and Blessings for your family and for all who treasure your optimism, courage and selfless sacrifice every day of your patrol.

Rest now in peace and may you now possess the hearts and spirits of so many of us.

The Rev. Robert W. Mikol
Port Isabel/So. Padre Island and New Jersey

The Rev. Robert W. Mikol
Former Pastor St. Andrew's By The Sea, Port Isable, Texas

September 7, 2009

Many years have passed but your memory lives on. Rest in peace brother.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

September 29, 2008

WE'LL MISS YOU DAVID RUCKER, AND NOT JUST WHEN YOU WERE ON PATROL. BEHING OUR TEARS WE'RE SMILING, WE KNOW THAT GOD HAS CLAIMED YOUR SOUL. YOU HAVE MILES OF SANDY BEACHES UPON WHICH YOU LOVE TO PLAY. AND, DAVID, HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A PICTURE QUITE LIKE YOU SEE TODAY? YOU DON'T SEE THAT ASPHALT JUNGLE, ONLY STREETS OF SOLID GOLD. NOT ONE SINGLE RED LIGHT FLASHING, NOT ONE SINGLE TROOPER ON PATROL. THERE ARE NO BARS UPON THE WINDOWS, AND NO LOCKS UPON THE DOORS. THE TEARS HAVE TURNED TO LAUGHTER, CRIME AND PAIN YOU'LL SEE NO MORE. YOU SEE THE SOULS THAT LOVE YOU, WHO HAVE ALREADY REACHED HEAVEN'S DOOR, AND BECAUSE YOU LIVED AMONG US EACH DAY, YOU'LL SEE MORE AND MORE. SHAKE HANDS WITH THOSE JUST LIKE YOU, WHO MADE THIS WORLD A BETTER PLACE. WE THANK YOU, DAVID RUCKER, YOU FOUGHT SATAN FACE TO FACE.

THIS WAS READ AT MY DADDY'S FUNERAL

DEBRA RUCKER
DAUGHTER

April 3, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 3, 2008

i was working that night in port isabel,and remeber talking with you at our station. i was the first officer at scene with const rosales.i was a cop for approx month,and we visited alot. i thought wow a trooperand better a great man. your death almost ended my career,but you memory kept me going.i was in washington dc,and traced your name from the wall,along with another dear lost freind."david" you did texas proud,and was the ultimate trooper.i am retired from michigan law enforcement,and i still have those bad memories of that night,but knowing your safe takes care of it, and to the dirt bag dope dealer,remember god had the last say,and im sure your not in a cool place.it's sad to think that our lives aren't worth alot to alot of the public, as we are lumped in with the disgraceful ones. you will alway be remembered by me,along with another fellow fallen officer steven ruther milan police,milan michigan. god's past your torch to another line of defenders. tom peters muskegon michigan

retired dep/michigan/frmr port isabel po
port isabel police 1981-1985

March 2, 2008

I salute you, Sir, on the 26th Anniversary of your tragic and brutal murder. Thank you for your bravery, dedication and sacrifice. May all your family & friends take comfort in knowing you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten! The slime ball that murdered you was a cop hater in the worst way, and I am glad that TX put an end to his reign of terror in 1993 at Hunstville!

DET SGT, Retired
AR

October 7, 2007

I was in Los Fresnos Texas visiting my parents the day you were killed. I heard the shots fired that ultimately caused the death of the Los Fresnos Police officer who stopped your killer. I attended your funeral and cryed as the poem you wrote was read in church. I have always remembered you and your sacrafice. It carried through the remainder of my career. God bless you and your family.

Retired Sergeant Richard S. Bond
Florida Highway Patrol

February 22, 2007

I knew David Rucker, he was always professional and polite.
But I also remember how David and James Turner used to joke and laugh so much! I think of you often you have never been forgotten. Thanks for the support and encouragment when my family needed it the most. When James fell on the line of duty, I was pregnant and gave birth to a daughter, her name is Jamie. To your family, my deepest regrets. I know the pain. God Speed David.
Madel Turner-O'Neil

Madel turner O'Neil
friend

August 21, 2006

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

June 19, 2006

I knew David when I was a rookie officer in Brownsville, Tx. I would often see him at the Cameron Co. Jail. He was always nice to me and was always trying to get me to join the DPS. He was murdered shortly after I left Texas in July of 1981 to become a police officer in Huntsville, Al. I think of him often and remember how much I enjoyed his company. God bless you David.

Patrolman Mark Hastings
Huntsville Police Dept., Al

May 26, 2006

Daddy,

You must have known in your heart that you would not be with us for long because you filled us with enough love to last a lifetime. I miss you so very much. Love, Christy

Christy Rucker Ferrara
daughter

December 23, 2005

Today, on the 24th anniversary of the passing of Trooper David Rucker I would like for the family to know that he will forever be remembered as a true American hero.....thanks in part to the ODMP.
May God keep safe from harm the men and women of the Texas Department of Public Safety. They are among the best that law enforcement has to offer.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas (Retired)

September 29, 2005

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