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Police Officer Donald Wayne Swearingin

Coppell Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, December 12, 1972

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Reflections for Police Officer Donald Wayne Swearingin

Officer Swearingin,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Coppell. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 12, 2022

Rest in peace Officer Swearingin. Young, honorable and forever a hero!

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 12, 2018

The Coppell Police Motor Unit will be participating in the 2nd Annual Texas Police Officers Memorial Ride as escorts for the 71 bicycles riders riding for officers all over the great State of Texas. We will be wearing bracelets in your Honor. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Kirk Smith, Traffic Sergeant
Coppell Police Department

February 23, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 13, 2011

This past Sat Donald and his mom were reunited in heaven. Donald and I walked home from William B Travis Elementary every day. We both wanted to be cops and we both made it. I was away when Donald lost his life. I have gone to Parker County Sheriff's office where your name is on the wall. I have always remembered you in my thoughts. God has blessed you with your mom and I hope to see you someday also.

Ernie Mason, Retired Sgt
Child hood friend

November 10, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 5, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 6, 2007

May G-d Bless you.

December 12, 2006

To Police Officers Everywhere

It must be hard to keep the faith through everything you see yet earnestly you do your job with strength and dignity

It takes a truly special soul who's steadfast, brave, and true devoted to security our moral ones in blue

We give, to you, our gratitude please know we really care for babes in arms can safely sleep just knowing your are there

December 8, 2005

I hear stories of how Officer Swearingin would play basketball with local kids while on duty. He was an inspiration to many when Coppell was still very small. His memory is still very much alive to those who were touched by his efforts. Thank You.


December 7, 2005

No officer that sacrificed self for others should be without a reflection. May God bless your loved ones and let them know you are not forgotten.

Rest in peace!

Sr. Cpl E Hagan
Dallas Police Dept

June 30, 2004

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