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Corporal David Ralph Slaton

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Monday, September 20, 2010

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Reflections for Corporal David Ralph Slaton


Ret. Det. 1. Vincent Sinnott

April 7, 2023

Rest in peace Corporal Slaton.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 7, 2021

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 20, 2020

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 30, 2018

RIP Trooper Slaton

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 12, 2018

On October 17, 2015, I was a volunteer at a rest stop for the Texas Wheels of Justice ride in Conroe, Texas near Houston. Riders and volunteers were given a wrist band with a fallen officer's name and E.O.W. date. I received the one for Cpl. David R. Slaton, your husband, father, son, brother and friend.

I never met him, but wanted to let you know that prayers have gone out for him and his entire family. May the Lord's peace continue to be with you all.

D Kramer

October 20, 2015

Miss you man.
I've learned to despise 09/20, first dad -now you.

Sr. Cpl. John Pellizzari (Retired)
Texas Department of Public Safety

September 20, 2014

We miss you Big Guy keep watching over us prayers for The family

Detention Officer Beckham

November 24, 2013

You are not forgotten. Best wishes and prayers for your family who must miss you terribly.

Chief Deputy Simon Dwyer
Archer County Sheriff's Office, TX

September 20, 2013

Death changes everything!
Time changes nothing....
I still miss the sound of your voice,
the wisdom in your advise and just being in your presence.
So NO, time changes nothing, I miss you as much today as I did the day you died. I just miss you!

Lynetta Slaton
Wife and Bowie Police Department

September 20, 2013

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over them. Thank you for such a long and dedicated career in law enforcement and your unselfish service to others. You will never be forgotten.

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

September 20, 2013

You are not forgotten. Blessings to your family.


March 28, 2012

You will not be forgotten, Brother.

NLC, Special Agent

March 18, 2011

I grew up in Bowie and got my drivers license while there. It wasnt long before I met Trooper Slaton professionally. He was always understanding, easy-going, and somehow I never got a ticket, just a warning and a stern word, with a smile.
Fast-forward twenty-five years and I too wear a badge in the neighboring county. In late August 2010 I was on duty and no-one could contact my father, who lives in rural Montague County, is disabled and prone to falls. I called a friend who called Corporal Slaton. Corporal Slaton called me back in less than 5 minutes, got directions to my dads place, and went to check on him.
He could have said it wasnt his job, he would pass it on to someone else, but he went himself, not knowing me at all. I recieved a call shortly from Corporal Slaton, my dad was fine. We talked a bit, I told him about our encounters years ago and we got a laugh out of it. Corporal Slaton told me to keep his cell number in case I needed anything.

I was going through my cell this morning and found your number. I need to tell you that you have no idea how many lives you touched. Stand easy Trooper, your watch is over.

Deputy Sheriff Ernest Terry
Clay County Sheriff's Office

March 10, 2011

Thanks for being my son's baseball coach and thanks for all you did for those of who lived in Montague County. Your smile and quick wit will be greatly missed. You are relieved of duty, sir. We have the watch.

Michael Barrett - US Navy Shore Patrol
Shore Patrol Office - Pearl Harbor Hawaii

February 6, 2011

I didn't know him well but we met on occasion. He was a really decent lawman. I appreciated and took his advice. Love and condolences to his family.

Georgia Ward
Texas Youth Commission

November 25, 2010

Our 1199 Inc. Family are so sorry to hear Corporal David Slaton has lost his life in the line of duty. We thank you sir for your 36 years of dedication and service. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family, friends, fellow law enforcement family. May God bless all those whose lives you have touched throughout your many years of service. God bless.

Sgt. Jeff Caudill
1199 Inc. for fallen officers

November 10, 2010

Cpl. Slaton,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



October 21, 2010

I can't believe it has been a month since your crash. I've heard time heals all wounds but at this point I don't see how. When I was in Bowie last weekend I passed several black and whites and it is tough knowing that you weren't in any of them. Every day I put on this gun and badge I think about you and Lynetta and Bo and it is a constant reminder that I have to do everything I can to make sure I come home to my family each night. I hope that I can be half the man you were and thank you for watching over me from up above. We all miss you and love you and one day we will all be together again.

State Game Warden David Pellizzari
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

October 20, 2010

God's peace and love be to your family. Your watch on earth is now over, rest easy my Brother In Law.

Sgt. John L. Gulledge (Ret.)
Escambia CO Sheriff's Office Pensacola FL.

October 17, 2010

Rest in peace, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.....

Detective Edward Carlile
Northfield PD (OH)

October 14, 2010

David, thank you for your service. Rest in peace brother and my GOD look over your family and the Texas DPS.

Trooper Archie Forsyth
Louisiana State Police (Troop A)

October 13, 2010

Thank you. Thank you for all you have given to the State of Texas.

Gods Police Department

October 5, 2010

To Corporal David Slaton, to all family members and friends who call him beloved, and to his law enforcement family:

I was sorry to learn of David's death and extend my sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you have suffered. Words are insufficient to describe the sadness I feel for the Slaton family. May you find comfort in your faith and the support of the law enforcement community.

There are many police survivors who share this same journey with you, and that community will be there to support you. David's memory will be forever honored and revered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service David gave to his community and the citizens of Texas and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 20, 2009.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 5, 2010

Rest in peace fellow Trooper, god bless you and your family. Jeff Jaynes and family, Arizona Highway Patrol.

Officer Jeff Jaynes
Arizona Highway Patrol

October 4, 2010

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