Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Donald Frederick Flusche, Jr.

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, March 17, 2001

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Reflections for Sergeant Donald Frederick Flusche, Jr.

I worked with Donnie and at that time in the late 70’s he carried a S&W Model 29. We called him Dirty Harry. Helluva Man.

Lee Sanders, Patrolman
DPD

February 3, 2018

As a former DPD officer, I am proud to have served with people like you. God bless you and your family on this day.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

March 17, 2017

Rest in Peace Donald. I am so sorry to see your brother Karl leave us so early too, he was a great friend.

Alan Wainstein

December 3, 2011

Sergeant Flusche,
Rest in peace sir.

Detective Dave Howell
Plano,Texas Police Dept-Auto Theft

March 17, 2011

Today I read about the passing of Dallas Police Officer Kevin Marceau. He too had suffered for many, many years after being struck by a car. When I read the memorial for Officer Marceau my mind turned back to Donnie and the way he suffered in the years following his accident.
I knew Donnie many years ago. He was a Dallas motor jockey as was I at the Irving PD. I've sinced retired from the IPD but there's some things a guy never forgets. I used to go visit Donnie at the nursing home in the years following his injury. I'd take trainees to see him and tell them what a good guy he was.
One of the Dallas PD retirees told me that Donnie's dad has since passed away. Two fine fellow cops for sure. My prayers this evening go out to their families. They are not forgotten.

Special Ranger Doug Hutchison
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association

January 18, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 17, 2010

Not a day goes by where we do not think of you. The boys are getting so big now. You would be so proud of them. I know they are going to grow into fine men and I ask that you keep watching over them. I couldn't have asked for a better father. We miss you and love you very much.

Trey

Lieutenant D.F. "Trey" Flusche, III
Son & U.S. Coast Guard

March 18, 2009

Dear Officer Flusche, thank you for making the streets of Dallas safer, may you rest in peace

Anonymous

March 17, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 17, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

April 9, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

February 5, 2008

May you rest in peace and may your loved ones know His comfort.G-d bless.

March 17, 2007

Uncle Donnie,
I just wanted to let you know that I think about you daily. I never got to know you as well as I would have liked to since I was so young when the accident happened, but everyone always has a great story to tell. Dad is back to work full time now. Thank you for protecting him. I just graduated from college and begin teaching & coaching soon. Mikey is still in college. He is turning into a wonderful man. Miss you.

Love,
Stefanie

Stefanie Flusche
Niece

July 24, 2006

Dad,

You sent us another little baby boy 2 weeks ago. David Paul is absolutely beautiful! Matthew turned four yesterday. He's getting to be so big now. We're off to Florida this summer. I got my patrol boat! Never imagined I would get so far in my life. I have you to thank for all that I have accomplished. It was you who prepared me and guided me into the man i am now. I think of you often.

Your Son

LTJG Trey Flusche
U.S. Coast Guard

April 3, 2006

To Sgt. Donald Flusche Jr. and his loved ones:

On this the fifth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

Sgt. Flusche, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Sgt. Flusche. I am humbled by your valor, courage, and dedication.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Sgt. Donald Flusche gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 17, 2001 and the intervening eight years after his accident.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05




March 17, 2006

I had the pleasure of knowing Donnie and his family when I served as a DPD reserve 81-85. Turn of circumstance years later (2001 to be exact) my father was in the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged. Across the hall I noticed a familar pair-Donnie's dad and mom. Donnie was in the room and I became a regular visitor to his parents. I will never forget the experience of knowing all of them, seeing the love of the family and being proud that I served in the same department with him, even if it was a short while.

Patricia G Tear Police Officer
North Lake College PD

March 9, 2006

Sergeant Flusche - there are so many
wonderful, loving memories mentioned in the reflections. Because of these memories you live on in the hearts of many. Rest In Peace Sir.

Citizen Grace
St. Louis County

December 20, 2005

Donnie,
We lost another good officer today. I know that you were there as Big Brother when Brian Jackson arrived in heaven. We are hurting down here, but time will make it less and less. We will never forget. Show him around up there. We all miss you.

Mike

Mike

November 13, 2005

Don
Just a note from your friends, to let you know that you are still in our thoughts and prayers. Your wife, Lanelle, is coping as well as possible. She remained by your side during your long stay at the nursing home and continues today to keep your gravesite decorated during every holiday. You were such a respected husband, father, officer and friend. You are truly missed by all. The Golden Girls

March 31, 2005

I'd known Donnie for many years at the time of his accident. I coordinated the Texas Police Motorcycle Rodeo in Irving and Donnie was always a tough competitor.
After I transferred from motors back to the patrol division as an FTO, I would take my rookies and we'd go visit Donnie in the nursing home where he was staying. Oddly, at the time of his passing I'd transferred back to motors and took part in his funeral escort.
His dad as well as his brother Mike were and are top notch cops. I consider it an honor to know such fine men.
May God richly bless this family.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison, retired.
Irving, Texas Police Department

March 15, 2005

Sarge, Even in the most frustrating of times you always had a good thought for those of us working for you. You made an impact in my career very early on, and I still think of you and your family often. I am proud to have known you.

Sr. Cpl M.J. Mitchell #6037
Dallas Police Department

February 7, 2005

Sgt.Flusche was the best. He extended a kind word to me when I was just a rookie. I will never forget the kindness he shared. You are just on my mind Sarg.

Sr.Cpl. R.J. Alexander #5531
Dallas P.D.

January 3, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace.

December 29, 2004

Donnie,
Miss you brother. Wish you could be here to see how your neice and nephew have grown. They are in college now. I'm back to work, I know you were looking after me. Big Brother, keep looking after us!

Mike

Mike

September 23, 2004

This is the 3rd anniversary of your death and we still remember you!
Thank you for your years of dedicated service and for the ultimate
sacrifice! May God comfort all those who are still grieving your passing.
Life is difficult at times and the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our
burdens. He gives us many beautiful promises in His Word to help us
through our valleys. I pray you will feel His presence and know His
peace. God bless!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

March 14, 2004

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