Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Donald Ellis Wass

Washington County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 23, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Donald Ellis Wass

Thinking of your family today on your EOW.
May they be blessed and comforted always.

Holley Orr
Wife of Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

April 23, 2009

To Deputy Sheriff Donald Ellis Wass, his family and his fellow officers with the Washington County Sheriff's Office:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Deputy Wass’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Deputy Wass and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

April 23, 2009

Happy New Year Babe! Jolie and I miss you very much. This Christmas was really hard on both of us. Hopefully this year will be better.

Loving you always,



January 6, 2009

I sure need you here with me more now than ever. I love and miss you so much.

Love Mandi

Mandi Wass

October 20, 2008

Happy wedding anniversary babe! I sure wish you were here with me. I miss you and love you with all my heart!

Loving you forever,



July 11, 2008

Somewhere among these many pages of heroes, I came across your name and wanted to stop at your page and leave a reflection. I know the daily struggle all of your loved ones face each day. I know the first thought as they greet the new day is of you and at night before drifting off to sleep, their last thought is of you. Continue to visit them in their dreams to let them know you are near and watching over them. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

July 1, 2008

Hi Honey,

Happy Father's Day! Today has been a hard day. Jolie misses you. I talk about you to her alot. Celebrating Father's Day with my dad and your dad without you is really hard. You were such a great dad, Jolie is so lucky to have you for a should be here with her!!!!

I love you with all my heart,



June 15, 2008

Deputy Wass your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 27, 2008


I can't believe that it has been two years since you were taken from us. I miss you and need you so much. Jolie is growing up so fast. She needs you too. I know you are in heaven watching over us, I can feel you near. You will always be alive in our hearts and our memories. I will always love you with all of my heart.

Loving you and missing you,


April 28, 2008

You were a credit to the badge. It's a shame you didn't get to live out the rest
of your dreams. I'm so sorry for your untimely death. I wouldn't want to live out the rest of my days knowing I had taken your life.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

April 23, 2008

Rest in Peace Deputy Wass. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I know your watching over us from heaven. The Law Enforcement community will always be here for your family.

Sergeant Chris DiToro

April 23, 2008

You will never be forgotten by your family that loves you so much. You have a wonderful wife. But I am sure that you already know that. Please keep watch over them.

I just want you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I know that today will be a tough day for you. You are an amazing woman. I hope that you will remember all the memories that you have with Don to help you.
I am so thank-ful that I was able to meet you. just wish that it would have been under different circumstances.

Happy Birthday to you.

Holley Orr
Wife of Detective Kevin Orr EOW 11-22-06

April 23, 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
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 5, 2008

Well honey,

The justice system has let you down. The horrible person who killed you was charged with Criminal Negligent Homicide instead of Manslaughter. I am so disappointed. It is not fair that he is free and can go on with his life but you are gone from ours. I miss you so much. I miss you more every day. I don't know how to live with out you. I thought that as time passed, my grief would be easier to handle but it just gets harder. I need you so much. Jolie needs you too. She misses you. We all miss you.

Loving you with all my heart,


February 13, 2008

Don, I met your parents at the C.O.P.S. parents retreat last Oct. Then I met them again in Washington, D.C. It was my first time in D.C. My son Hal was killed in 2000. I took the long way to D.C. Your mom and dad miss you so much. They are so wonderful. I am proud to know them. I hope you and Hal have met in heaven. The trial is going to start on the 11th. Please be with them. They will need to feel you there. Watch over all your family and keep them safe. They love and miss you so much. Sharon

Sharon Dickerson
Friend of Parents

February 8, 2008

Hey Bro. just thought id come by to speak to ya. Seems like just yesterday when we were all out working the streets together. Just want to let ya know i miss ya man.

Dective Lloyd Powell
Brenham Police Dept.

January 16, 2008

This holiday season has been especialy hard for me. I need you and miss you so very much. I keep remembering all the Christmas' we shared and how much you enjoyed watching Jolie opening her presents. I cry every time I think of the Christmas I was pregnant and I found a present wrapped under the tree for the baby. You were such a wonderful Dad. It just breaks my heart that you aren't here to help raise your beautiful daughter. She certainly acts like you...stubborn! She is such a loving little girl. She misses you very much.

Loving you with all my heart,


December 29, 2007

As this time of year comes around every year, yes, my heart is heavy with grief but there your face is shining as that hero that I can never say thank you to enough. I never felt I ever told you enough how much I appreciated what you did for us that day. I know in your mind you were just doing your job but it really was more than that. It was what true heroes are made of. There are so many things you could have done, looked the other way, kept driving, but no, without knowing that there was a family out there that was hurting worse than they knew they could possibly hurt, you were setting in motion the process of their healing. You were making sure justice was to be served. You were our hero. Don, from the moment we met you, we loved you and we knew that you and your family would be a part of our family forever. Little did we know...................
I know it goes without saying that your family feels this way but I still need to say it. Don, you are our hero then, now and always. Cathy

November 28, 2007

I miss you so much!

Loving you with all my heart,



October 24, 2007


Not a day goes by that I do not think about the good times we had. It is always hard to say good by to a close Partner & Friend. Rest in Peace my Dear Brother.

Mandi, always know that me & Melanie are always praying for you and your family, God Bless.

Chief Deputy Shane A. Snider
San Juan Sheriff's Office - Colorado

October 16, 2007

Hi Honey,

Today is our 9th wedding anniversary. I woke up this morning remembering our wedding day and how handsome you looked. I look back at our life together and all I can think about is how happy we were and what a good match we were. I feel so lost with out you and I miss you so much.

Loving you always,


July 11, 2007

Deputy Sheriff Wass,
I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Washington County. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



May 30, 2007

Someone left this in my husbands reflections, and I felt in my heart to share it with you. May God bless you!

Iliana Chavez
Wife of Texas State Trooper Eduardo Chavez EOW 5-2-2006

A Letter From Heaven

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say;
But first of all to let you know, that I arrived OK.

I'm writing this from Heaven where I dwell with God above;
Here there's no more tears of sadness, only eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy because I'm out of sight;
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon, and night.

That day I had to leave you, when my life on earth was through; God picked me up and hugged me, and He said, "I welcome you". He reunited me with others there who I had loved on Earth, many who had loved me since the time of my birth.

"It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone. As for your beloved family, they'll be here later on. I need you here so badly, you are a part of my plan. There is so much that we can do, to help our mortal man".

God gave me a list of things that He wished for me to do; And foremost on the list was to watch and care for all of you.

When you lie in bed at night with the day's chores put to flight; God and I are closest to you in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth and all those loving years; Because you are only human, they are going to bring you tears.

Do not be afraid to cry, it helps relieve the pain. Remember as some poet said, "There would be no flowers without the rain".

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned, but if I were to tell you, you would not understand.

But, one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er; I am closer to you NOW, than I ever was before.

There are rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb; but TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT by taking one day at a time.

If you can help somebody who is in sorrow and in pain; Then you can say to God at night... "My day was not in vain".

And now I am content... that my life was worthwhile; knowing as I passed along the way, I made you and others smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low; Just lend a hand to pick them up as on your way you go.

When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind; I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to leave... from Earth to be free; Remember you're not leaving... You're coming here to me.

May 23, 2007

To the Family of Deputy Donald Wass it is my HONOR to ride in the POLICE UNITY TOUR in remeberance of Donald Wass. I have served with Norfolk Virginia Police Deapartment for 3 years. I Hope you attend the Memeorial this coming weekend it would be my Pleasure to meet you.

Thomas A Workman
Norfolk Police Department

May 10, 2007

Well it's been a little over a year since you finished your work here on this earth. Rach can't help but to think about you and the family, and when we could get together. We miss you very much. We know you are preparing alot of spaces for all of us there in heaven.
Rest peacefully.

Dean, Rach, and Mac

Dean Bailey

May 9, 2007

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