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Police Officer David Parde

Lexington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Reflections for Police Officer David Parde

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
one’s character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

May 1, 2021

I am so sorry to learn of the grievous loss of Officer Parde when he died of injuries he sustained many years ago in the line of duty. To the Parde family, fellow officers, and all who call David beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support. I hope that you continue to receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Parde gave to his community and the residents of North Carolina and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on April 17, 2021

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

April 30, 2021

I am sad to learn of the passing of a Brother and Hero in Police Officer David Parde. I believe our Heavenly Father has welcomed him home into his loving arms where he will now patrol the Golden Streets of Heaven. May the Lord deliver Blessings, Comfort and Peace to his Family, Friends and all members the Lexington Police Department, North Carolina.

Retired, T W Martinez
FOP member
State of New Mexico/JJS

April 28, 2021

Rest easy Officer Parde.

Explorer Michael Morgan
Fairfield Police Explorers, CT

April 28, 2021

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

April 27, 2021

I am sorry for your loss. May the family be at peace.

Ms Robin Clay
Sister of a Police Officer North Carolina

April 27, 2021

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

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

April 27, 2021

God rest his soul.

Sgt. Robert A. Henne
Jersey City PD/Retired

April 26, 2021

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Parde. I am so sorry for your pain and loss. I pray for your comfort and peace.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs
Maryland

April 25, 2021

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service to protect your community.

James P Waggle, Jr.
Civilian

April 25, 2021

Officer Parde,
Thank you for your service to community for many years past your retirement. Thank you for being the front lines and answering the call.
Godspeed.
Jon

Special Agent (Ret)
US Secret Service

April 24, 2021

Officer Parde,

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 23, 2021

Rest in eternal Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and caring nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

April 22, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer David Parde and the extended law enforcement family of the Lexington Police Department, North Carolina


End of Watch Saturday, April 17, 2021


Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

April 22, 2021

Officer Parde, there is much evil in this world and you put your life in danger each and every day of your dedicated selfless service that your community may live in safety. Your reward in heaven will be abundant. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa
Civilian

April 21, 2021

RIP Officer Parde. Sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. Thank you for your service and for the strength and love given by your family after your injury. Salute and Respect

Constable. Tessa Le Roux
South African Police Service

April 21, 2021

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 20, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Pardea and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Lexington Police Department. North Carolina.May we all understand the plans GOD has for us, and comfort and give us understanding of his plan.

Chaplain Terry Longacre.
Red Rose Lodge FOP# 16 Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania

April 20, 2021

Thank you for your service, brother. RIP.

Lieutenant Brian J. Wills II
Oswego County Sheriff's Office
New York

April 20, 2021

The pain of losing a loved one (hero) after years of the aftermath of a shooting is devastating. My prayers are with the family. Please know that his sacrifice doesn't go unnoticed.

Jane Daniel-Johnson
Carrollton Police Department

April 20, 2021

Rest in peace brother

Douglas J. Maykowski
Fraternal Order Of Police Central Macomb Lodge #187 Macomb County MI.

April 20, 2021

Rest in peace.

J.R.

April 20, 2021

Officer Parde, such a sad, disheartening story about the world we live in. Young boys that caused so much pain. Your life must have been so difficult, and yet I am very happy to see that you had a smiling face as you held ( I am guessing) a grandchild! They did not take it all from you! Go with God now. You deserve eternal rest. I Thank you for your brave service to all of us. May God Bless your family and all of those that loved and cared about you.
Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Gainesville, GA

April 20, 2021

RIP, Officer Parde. Praying for your loved ones.

Officer C Curione (Retired)
Rochester Police Department, NY

April 20, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Parde.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 20, 2021

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