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Patrolman Joseph Donndelinger

LaCrosse Police Department, Wisconsin

End of Watch Friday, December 10, 1937

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Reflections for Patrolman Joseph Donndelinger

Officer Donndelinger, thank you for your honor, service and sacrifice. You would be so proud to see the amazing person your granddaughter, my friend Laura, has grown up to be! You legacy continues. Rest well sir.

Sergeant (retired) Patti Bahen
Columbus, Ohio, Division of Police

March 5, 2016

I've revisited the events of the week that too his life 75 years ago by reading the many La Crosse Tribune articles at that time. I can only wish that penicillin was developed then for he might have lived. I can't imagine the shock and grief my grandmother experienced as well as the years of struggle to raise my mom, aunt and two uncles on a small pension. My mom adored her dad and filled us with stories of his kindness and good humor. She loved to picnic with him and the family in Pettibone Park before his shift started. He is still missed and his sacrifice will never be forgotten. His courage and bravery inspire us always.

Susan Shimshak, December 10, 2012
Joe Donndelinger's grandaughter

December 11, 2012

Patrolman Donndelinger,
Sir, even though it has been 77 years since your End of Watch you are still honored and remembered. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of La Crosse. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 10, 2012

It's strange how often I think of you, even though I was born long after you were gone. I'm very proud of you. I only wish I could have known you. With love.

Mary Donndelinger Neuberger

April 16, 2012

Thank you for your Heroism Sir, RIP

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

April 11, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 74th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I think it is disgraceful that your murderer was paroled after only serving eleven and your family did not receive justice.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 10, 2011

My dad often comments on the severe impact Joseph's death had on his first cousins family and that of his own. Joseph was my dad's uncle and the chilren he left his first cousins. A lifetime passes without a father, an uncle, a brother. Joseph's memeory lives in my father and in a way myself. A true hero never to be forgotten.

Paul Donndelinger

August 7, 2011

Patrolman Donndelinger,
On today, the 71st anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizen of LaCrosse. It angers me that the POS who killed you only served 11 years when you he should have been spending life behind bars.



December 10, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 6, 2007

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

October 22, 2007

Rest in peace brother
You're gone but not forgotten.

Walworth SO

December 19, 2003

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