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Police Officer Daniel Gene Walters

San Diego Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 23, 2020

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Reflections for Police Officer Daniel Gene Walters

The last time I saw a Pittsburgh Pirates game at 3 Rivers Stadium was a doubleheader between the Pirates and Padres, on 8/29/93. Sadly, Brad Ausmus (who would later have a long MLB career as a catcher & manager) caught the first game (a Pirates win, 7-4), and in the nightcap, (won by the Padres, 11-0) Kevin Higgins was the catcher. Actually I saw some of Dan in action on TV & radio. Dan's 1st MLB home run was on 6/9/92 vs. the Astros at the Murph, he had 2 hits & 3 RBI. Officer Walters also had 2 RBI nights on 6/15/92 at the Astros, and 6/23/92 vs. the Dodgers. Dan's MLB debut was on 6/1/92 vs. the Cubs, where he went 0-for-3. Chicago won 6-1 at Wrigley Field. Dan also had 3 RBI against the Astros at the Q on 9/24/92. Exactly 1 week after hitting his 1st MLB homer, against the Astros at the 'Dome, Dan stole 2nd base (it's stupid to steal items, you'll be caught by the police, but it's legal to steal second base)! Dan's last MLB homer was against the Pirates on 4/13/93, and his final MLB game was against (you guessed it) the Astros on 5/23/93...Dan was 2-4 with an RBI (but Houston won, 9-7. Officer Dan's last at-bat was a strikeout, sadly.) Here's the info on Dan's last MLB game:
And here's the boxscore for Dan's 1st MLB HR:
As a Padres fan from Pittsburgh, I've seen a lot of highs and lows for this franchise, and Dan now joins the many legends us Friar Faithful will remember forever. I hope the Padres ownership took some time to honor Officer Dan Walters. And I hope Peter Seidler and Ron Fowler can induct Dan into the Padres Hall of Fame, because he served San Diego well as a police officer, and he love for San Diego began with playing for the Padres. Thanks for making me a Padres fan, and thank you for your service. Go Padres! Go San Diego Police!

Mr. Fred Benson

October 13, 2021

Never Forgotten!

Examiner Matt Lyons

September 28, 2021

I cannot imagine your feelings of such a sudden loss. We know tomorrow isn't promised, but we LEO families know everyday they go to work, we fear that day..

Lezlie Souve'
LEO daughter, sister, supporter

July 26, 2021

It's now been one year since your passing and 18 years since that horrific incident. It was a miracle that you survived at all but for so long speaks volumes of the fighter you truly were. Thank you for your service.

God Bless, Brother and may you forever Rest in Peace.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Department

April 23, 2021

I will always remember Police Officer Daniel G. Walters. I will never forget his service to his community nor his sacrifice both on the day he was shot and the day he succumbed to the gunshot wound. Rest in peace, Officer Walters! San Diego's Finest #5523!

Gone But Never Forgotten!
Elizabeth A. Rivera
ODMP Civilian Supporter

April 23, 2021

Praying for your family, friends, colleagues, agencies during this very difficult time for them and all of us. Thank you for your service! We shall remember you with pride and admiration always! May God Bless the Blue!

“The peacemakers are blessed, for they will be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 HCSB];

“Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 HCSB], and;

“No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 HCSB]

Depart in peace, Brother-in-Blue; in the name of God the Father who created you; in the name of Christ Jesus who redeemed you; in the name of the Holy Spirit who sanctifies you. May you rest in peace and dwell forever with the Lord. Amen.

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, CIMT, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed/Certified Independent Ecumenical Clergy / Chaplain
Ministry: Law Enforcement Chaplaincy
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS
Nashua NH and Merrimack NH Police Departments

July 1, 2020

What an amazing and tough guy. An MLB catcher and a police officer both in San Diego. Rest in peace brother.

Ofc. Pooler
Longmeadow Massachusetts PD

June 1, 2020

Never forgotten, we promise.

Forever friends
San Diego

May 29, 2020

So sorry for your loss

Michael Norris Lieutenant
Paterson police dept.

May 24, 2020

I am sorry for your loss to the Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends. I will keep all of you in my prayers. RIP.

Retired Fire Lieutenantm Frank J Corasa
Baltimore City Fire Department

May 14, 2020

Rest In Peace my Santana Sultan brother. As teammates and friends back in the day we shared many memorable experiences. You realized your dream of playing in MLB and recently as 2019 you expressed great pride in serving the communities of the City of San Diego as a police officer. Dan you will not be forgotten!

Retired Chief Mike Cardoza
California Highway Patrol

May 6, 2020

My Deepest Sympathy to the family, friends and coworkers of this Fallen Officer. Thank you for your Dedication, Service and Protection. You Will Always Be Remembered As The True Hero That You Are. Your Sacrifice Will Never Be Forgotten. RIP Sir.

RNBC DIane Waynant-Murray
Sister of Inspector Brian Waynant WPD/WFD 03/01/10

May 5, 2020

I can only imagine the suffering you went through to serve your fellow citizens. I have family in California and we all say “thank you for your service”. May you Rest In Peace

Cpl. Scott Rich
S.C. State Troopers, retired

May 3, 2020

Rest in peace, Officer Walters. You deserve your divine reward.

May God comfort your family, friends, and fellow officers at this difficult time.

God bless and protect the Thin Blue Line that protects us all.

Private Citizen Kathryn Felts
Mother of & Family Member of Law Enforcement

May 3, 2020

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

May 3, 2020

Officer Walters,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

April 30, 2020

To the family of Police Officer Dan Walters, friends, Chief David Nisleit and the San Diego Police Department.
You are lifted up in heart, thought and prayer. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your service!
"The LORD is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit." Psalm 34:18
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. " John 3:16 & 17

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

April 30, 2020

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Dan Walters on their loss. May our Lord give them the strength and comfort they need during this time of trial. Thank you fellow officer for your dedication and service to our nation and your community. Rest in peace Police Officer Dan Walters .

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protect

April 30, 2020

I played with Dan in AAA while we were in the Padres organization. Dan later chose to become a police officer, as did I. I recently saw him at a Padres reunion for major league players last year. He was always known as a tough individual, proof positive that he survived his devastating injury. He will be missed.

Lieutenant Eric Nolte
California Highway Patrol

April 28, 2020

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Dan Walters, from complications from an injury which occurred on November 12, 2003. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice or from any long term injuries. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our Prayers and thoughts to the Houston Astros where Officer Walters was drafted by and to the San Diego Padres where he had played for two seasons before joining the San Diego Police Department.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

April 28, 2020

Deepest condolences to SDPD and Officer Walter's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services retired

April 27, 2020

Thank you for your service you will never be forgotten Fly High Hero with the Angels in Heaven

Nelson Snowden

April 27, 2020

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

April 27, 2020

RIP Brother Walters. Your bravery shall not be forgotten. Prayers being sent up for your families, at home and at work.

Officer Sandra Rapey
Lindenhurst Police Department-Illinois

April 27, 2020

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Walters. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at San Diego Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

April 27, 2020

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