Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff David William March

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, April 29, 2002

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff David William March

So sad that a good man lost his life to a worthless dreg of humanity. RIP my brother, your EOW has come. Your brothers and sisters will carry on their work in your honor...

Robert A. Raya FF/PM retired
LA City FD

May 6, 2020

It’s very tragic to hear that something like this can happen. My best wishes go out to his family.

Recruit Zakaryan
LASD

April 30, 2020

Even after 30 years with LASD, now retired, dates where fellow deputies lost their lives always stick out in my mind. I worked Temple for 8 years, trained, worked, and trained many in 57. I had already moved on to another assignment when David was murdered; however, I know exactly where I was, what I was doing, and who I was with, demonstrating the indelible mark incidents such as these leave. Your memory and legacy live on forever Deputy March.

V #1
L.A.S.D.

April 29, 2019

You are always in our minds and hearts...

Deputy Sheriff Los Angeles
County Sheriff

April 29, 2019

When my niece was a police explorer she visited the S.T.A.R.S. Sheriff's training academy in Whittier, CA. She brought back dark green wristbands with Deputy David March's name and end of watch date. I'm wearing it now. I wear it a lot. My father was a Lt. Watch Commander for the Monterey Park police department here in Southern California. I went on ride alongs with him and saw one time how boring it was, one time how amazingly terrifying it was. I'm having a tough day, like today, almost in tears from my pain and scared thinking about my coming up back surgery to correct degenerative discs and the nerve damage they've caused over the past eight years. When I have an especially challenging and rough time in my life, like today, I stop and think of how tough things are for Deputy David March. He's six feet underground, from just doing his job. Think of how tough things are for his family, his loved ones. And think how much tougher it is for all of us out here without Deputy David March to protect us. I guess my life isn't so tough after all. Thank you for your service, Deputy David March. God Bless You, your family and all the dedicated and hard working men and women who are prepared to pay the ultimate price and make the ultimate sacrifice for all of us to be a little safer and more secure in our daily lives.

Bruce Wexler, Sr. Airman, Small Arms Specialist, U.S. Air Force, retired

April 29, 2019

Tomorrow will mark 17 years you were taken from us. You were more than a partner you were a friend. We still miss your smile and your laughter. Always in our hearts. Never forgotten.

Sgt. Janet Sandor and Lt. Andy Sandor
LASD

April 29, 2019

NOT FORGOTTEN!

Proud and Mighty Class 290!!

Academy Classmate of David March
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 28, 2019

I had the opportunity to arrest the murderer of this great man, David March. It was a very complicated investigation and with a lot of stress behind all this investigation, it took 2 years for the capture of the murderer and I hope some day to have details as was the arrest, it was spectacular and like a movie. Independently of the recognitions on the part of LAPD and the USMS the greater recognition was the letter written by hand of its widow, Teri, were a beautiful words where it remembers to us that most of the police are angels sent by God.

Inspector Oswaldo Wiarco
Agencia Federal de Investigación, Mexico

April 6, 2019

Deputy David W. March,

I am a recruit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, class 437, and for the past 8 weeks I have recited our creed, which at the end pays tribute to the fallen Deputy March. His name and EOW date are perminently engrained in my head for this reason, however I never truly knew who he was or the significants of how impactful he was. Deputy March from all the stories and reflections and shared memories was clearly and kind hearted, happy, selfless man that left a positive light on everyone he came in contact with. he was motivated and deticated to his work. one reflection stuck out to me quite a bit. it was a deputy that spoke of his time as a brand new patrol deputy and how no one accepts you yet. Deputy March met with this deputy in that time and treated him kind, giving words of advice and encouragement. this ment a lot to me because as a recruit, I can only think of one deputy that has done this to me and it was a major impact on me. it makes me push through. I never had the honor of meeting Deputy March, but in his honor and memory, I am going to try my best to impact people the was he did and spread the positivity while still working hard.

DST Ryan Slane
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

April 5, 2019

Deputy David W. March,

I am a recruit with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, class 437, and for the past eight weeks, I have said the department's creed which ends with "Deputy David W. March, End of Watch April 29, 2002". I have recited this creed and this name for what feels like hundreds of times but I never truly felt that I knew the story behind why we honor this fallen hero aside from his service and line of duty death. So when assigned to research a fallen deputy, Deputy March was the the deputy I felt most drawn to. upon learning his story, it was evident that the misfourtune of his fatal shooting and the results of the suspect fleeing to Mexico for 4 years was clearly upsetting to not just his friends, family, and department, but also law enforcement as a whole and the entire country. However, it was his character and memory that I believe is the most moving thing I have had the honor to learn about through articles, statements, and this forum of reflections. One reflection touched me specifically. It was a new deputy fresh on patrol. new deputies on patrol are often hazed and not accepted for sometime while they start training and proving themselves. Thhe deputy got to meet Deputy March in that time of his career and spoke of how kind he was to him. How he spoke to him as a human and not a subhuman and gave him kind words of encouragement and advise.. This spoke to me because I think I understood the feeling he was trying to convey. As a recruit, I am not always treated the best by other deputies (no complains), however there is a deputy that treated me similar to the way Deputy March treated this writer and it's hard to explain, but this kind act gives me feul everyday. Deputy David W. March was kind to all, dedicated to his work, and truly had a heart of gold, affecting all he came in contact with in a positive light. And that to me, is why he will always be honored and remembered.

DST SLANE
LASD

April 5, 2019

Deputy David March,

I believe today would have been your 50th birthday and I woke up this morning thinking about you and your family and wishing we could have celebrated. Thank you for your years of friendship and laughter, and thank you for your service to the community.

To David's family. He touched our hearts and he was forced to leave us too soon but his legacy, his spirit and especially his smile lives on with us to this day.

Battalion Chief Ray H.
SLOFD

March 29, 2019

Let's keep Deputy David William March in our thoughts. Monday, April 29. 2019, excactly to the day MONDAY, April 29. 2002 EOW. Event planned at 10:40AM on Live Oak Blvd, just west of Myrtle Ave to acknowledge Deputy Match and the thousands of Angel families and their loved ones who plan to be on site. Angel families and all opposed to Sanctuary State, please come.

Roger Gitlin,
Supervisor. Dist 1
Del Norte County
contact: [email protected]

Supervisor Roger Gitlin
Del Norte County

March 17, 2019

Thank you for your dedication and service. You will never be forgotten.

DST OLMOS
LASD, CLASS # 433

September 16, 2018

My husband and I were touched by the EOW vigil at Deputy March's memorial on Live Oak. The commitment of his colleagues to his memory serves to reinforce to all of us in the community of the value of the work LASD performs every day when most of us proceed unaware of the risks at any moment that confront our public safety officers.
Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice.

Brenda Trainor
community member

April 30, 2018

May you Rest In Peace, brother. We’ll handle from here. May God bless you and your family.

E. Cazares
Police

April 29, 2018

Deputy March, your cowardly assailant will spend all of his days in prison without the possibility of parole. Not even his name is known. He lives without honor in confinement in a dark place, and he will die there unknown but to God. But you, Deputy David William March, live in the hearts and minds of those who honor you. May your wife and daughter remember you for the hero you were and are.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

April 29, 2018

On this 16th anniversary of your departure may your loved ones be blessed. We never forgot about you. Rest in peace brother!

Joe Chavarria
United States Marshals Service (Retired)

April 29, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 16th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 29, 2018

Deputy March, I am a supervisor at SCC and I was on duty that fateful day. I took a phone call from one of the truck drivers that found you. I listened to the entire incident again today as I prepare to pay tribute to you on the air this Sunday. We will be playing the EOW roll call at 10:40 to honor your sacrifice to the citizens of Los Angeles County. We will never forget you. RIP in the arms of the angels.

FLORA CHAVEZ-GARCIA
Los Angeles County Sheriff Department

April 24, 2018

Deputy March,

I am currently in class #429 for the Los Angeles County Sheriff Department. I have read our department's Creed many times (which are based on your words) and all I can say is thank you sir. Reading the Creed motivates me to be the best Deputy Sheriff Trainee I can be and also keep working hard no matter how hard times can be. One thing for sure, I'll always live and work by your words and our Creed. You are my inspiration and you will always be in people's hearts.

Kevin Manley
DST #429
LASD

February 25, 2018

Hello Sir,

While I did not have the honor of meeting you, I feel truly touched and inspired by your words. Your words are now the Department's Creed and continue to motivate Deputy Sheriff Trainees and veterans alike. Your succinct creed spells out my goals as a prospective deputy. I hope to live my life and practice my craft, true to your words.

Your memory is one that will live on forever.

DST #425
LASD

September 17, 2017

Deputy March,

I am currently in LASD Class #425, the world is missing a hero without you here. You left behind a legacy that I admire greatly...Your words are now the Department's creed, and mine as well. This recruit's goals are simple, to work as hard as I can, learn as I can, and hopefully make a difference in people's lives. It would have been an honor to meet you sir, thank you for your service to the County of Los Angeles, and rest in peace.

Deputy Sheriff Trainee
LASD

September 16, 2017

On that fateful day back in 2002 I will never forget! I was an MTA bus operator working the East SGV. I was at the layover at Londen and Myrtle in South Arcadia in front the Arco AM PM waiting to depart, I left on time working my way westbound on Las Tunas picking up passengers. I vividly remember having to pull over to make way for it seemed to be hundreds of Police vehicles racing to the location where Deputy March had been fatally shot a few hundred feet from where I had been laying over. I asked a passenger if they knew what had happened and I was told that a Deputy from the Temple City Substation had been killed. My heart goes out to all law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty.

David Robles
LACMTA

August 28, 2017

The plea deal for murder 2 should not have happened. Having said that RIP brother.

Chief of Police-retired Jerry Boyd
Martinez CA (former LASD Sergeant)

May 3, 2017

Still in our memories and thoughts......

Deputy Sheriff LASD

April 29, 2017

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