Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles Leon McDonald

Forest Park Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, June 9, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles Leon McDonald

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles Leon McDonald of the Forest Park Police Department, Ohio and the additional 68 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

June 9, 2022

20 years.
Today your PD, friends and family gathered to remember you. It was wonderful listening to stories, laughing….crying.

You are loved and missed.


Forest Park Police Department

June 9, 2021

20 years.
Today your PD, friends and family gathered to remember you. It was wonderful listening to stories, laughing….crying.

You are loved and missed.


Forest Park Police Department

June 9, 2021

Thank you for your service

Mark Mottola

June 9, 2020

Gone but not forgotten!!

Ohio Trustee for COPS, Concerns of Police. Survivors and Mother of fallen officer Charles Leon McDonald EOW 06/09/2001

June 9, 2019

Officer McDonald, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 8, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles Leon McDonald of the Forest Park Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

June 10, 2018

Charles , we just leaving 2018 police week , heading back home , it’s still so hard , we love and miss you and will continue to come yearly to show our support

Don Simpson retired police chief
Montgomery Ohio

May 14, 2018

I can't believe its been 15 years!!! I may have switched departments but I still know where I came from. I wouldn't have gotten the start without your help. Continue to be with me always and keep me safe brother.

Ptl. S. G. Hoy

June 9, 2016

Love you Big C, miss you, and I'm working my hardest now so we can chill and fish on the lake later in life.

Blake Taylor

May 25, 2016

14 years. Missing you. Still.

Love, Laura and the boys


June 10, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 9, 2015

I look at my boys and think to myself how blessed I was to have you enter into my life. It's because of your love that I know exactly what kind of parent I want and will be to them. Im so thankful for every memory you have given me... from walking on your toes seeing your expression when I said I had a boyfriend. I love and miss you so much. Thank you for CHOOSING me. Thank you for being the greatest man I have ever known.
Love Andrea aka Baby Girl

Andrea Miller Ball
Step Daughter

December 12, 2013

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 12 years since my beloved son left us, and we are at the beginning of another holiday season without him, I remember how much you loved the holiday’s and I can’t tell you how much you will be missed.
There have been so many changes since you left us but you would be very happy to know that your baby brother has gotten married to the love of his life and I know you would love her they are expecting twin girls any day now, your son was eleven when you left this earth to go to a better place is now 24 and on his own he has grown into a young man that you would be very proud of, and will be graduating from college with a degree in business in the spring of 2014.
Your father and I go every year to police week in Washington to celebrate your life and be there for the new parents who are just starting to experience what we have for such a long time losing a child, it was very hard for us in the beginning but we look forward to the trip and the peace we get from helping other parents pick up the pieces of their broken heart.
We miss and love you so very much and wish you were here every day.

Love Mom

Patricia Mcdonald

November 14, 2013

I just learned about this site and in reading all of the kind words about my brother it makes the whole in my heart a little less big. So much has changed since you went home.

I got married in April of 2012 and was an emotional wreck missing you on that day. I took your advice and I found a woman that completed me and I know you would love her. We are expecting our first two children any day now and we have decided to name the oldest Charlotte Leigh McDonald. I can not wait to take them to the park where your plaque is so that they can see you.

I miss you like crazy and I wish you were here. I appreciate your visits from time to time and I hope that keep them up.

Thanks for being my brother and I look forward to your next visit.

Dennis McDonald
Baby Brother

November 14, 2013

Miss you so. Love you always. Still.

Laura and the boys


June 9, 2013

Always remembered and honored for his service and his ultimate sacrifice.

Mother, daughter, sister & granddau. of LEO's

April 9, 2013

I just found this page about my uncles passing and even though you passed away when i was 4 i still rember that exact day and i know how much you ment to my whole family.

Always in my memories


October 11, 2012

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 11th 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 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

I pray for solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections

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

June 10, 2012

Today is a sad day...11 years today I lost a great friend. My sister lost a love so deep. Boys lost a Dad. Parents lost a son. Brothers lost their brother. I keep things in my everyday life to remind me of you to bring a smile or remind me of a great Mac story...The pictures in my hallway I walk by several times a where you look so mean Ha! And my favorite one with your big smile and your beautiful Laura. Looking at that picture you can almost feel the love you have for her. I still keep one of those small replicas of your badge in my your my own Guardian Angel. I laugh sometimes because it falls and I know your telling me to slow down and pay attention. I miss you, I miss those big hugs. I miss hearing that laugh but I find peace because I feel you with this family and I know I will see your face again my friend. Today I will try not to think of the sadness this day brought 11 years ago but I will squeeze tightly the things that bring a smile. I love you.
RIP Ebony Man


June 9, 2012

On this day 11 years ago, we left for work taking for
granted that we would be back together that night.
You are so missed, so loved and so remembered.
I just wish for one more more night.
One more sunset baby...then I'd be satisfied. But then again,
I know what it would would be one more day of wishing
you with me
Still. Always. Still.

Forest Park PD

June 9, 2012

Although I never met Officer McDonald, my co-workers and I had the pleasure of meeting his parents in Washington, DC this week - Police Week 2012. Parents should never bury a child. Know that Charles nor you will be forgotten any time soon. I'm sure your son is as proud of you as you are of him.

Det. J. Fitzpatrick
Nassau County

May 15, 2012

Charles, I remember playing kickball on the playground at Cameron Park Elementary with you wearing that gray "hoody" sweatshirt. You were a really skinny 4th grader.

It's been 10+ years but still seems like yesterday. Just wanted to post how much I miss you and sorry I kicked you so hard in the shins with my saddle shoes in the 4th grade. May God bless you and your family and hope to see you one day on the other side.

Mary Beth Gibbons
grade-school friend

December 20, 2011


Miss you so much. Tonite we were able to just remember. Many of your coworkers came to show that we still are a family...even after all this time. They were so glad to reconnect with Little C... I love you and miss you.


June 10, 2011

Charles our Brother you are always remembered. Hard to believe it has been ten years today. Miss you and always Semper Fi.

Lt. Jeff Larsh
Forest Park P.D.

June 9, 2011

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