Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James Wayne MacDonald

Compton Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, February 22, 1993

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Reflections for Officer James Wayne MacDonald

One of the biggest heartbreaks ever. Jimmy was the kind of man who saw beyond the clique and stereotypes, kind hearted, with a good word for everyone. My heart still aches today.
I will pray for peace for your family, such a wonderful family.

Tami Wheeler
Piner Class of 1988

February 22, 2012

19 years later and your still in our thoughts. RIP Jimmy Mac. Your loved by many. Today I will pray for your family.

friend
Piner class of 1987

February 22, 2012

Thanks for your 18 months of services, James.

David

February 22, 2012

Holidays are still hard without you here. It's hard to believe it will be 19 years this February that you were taken from us.
We miss you everyday.
Love,
Mom, Dad, Jon, Irene, Haily and Tanner

Compton PD
Mother

December 21, 2011

I was thinking about you tonight.
May you be looking down upon us and protecting us while out on the beat.
God Speed.

Anonymous

November 16, 2010

Jimmy, you are truly missed, you were my good friend in middle school and high school, you were always kind and always ready to help. I know you are in better place now, RIP your friend MLE.

Anonymous

January 27, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer MacDonald. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

To All that have written a relection for our Jimmy.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. I do not come to this site too often as it tears me apart but I do appreciate your kind words.
Jimmy, a day does not go by that we don't think of you, what you are missing and the life you should have had. I can only pray that what we learn is true and that you are in a better place, happy and waiting for us to join you.
Love
Mom & Dad

Anonymous

September 4, 2009

To Officer James Wayne McDonald, his parents, brother and other loved ones, and his fellow officers:

On this the sixteenth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with your parents who are my good friends from NorCal Cops and all family members and friends who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. I know that you were an amazing man who is loved and missed by all those whose lives you touched.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Jimmy. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Jimmy gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 22, 1993.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 22, 2009

Jimmy Mac,

I will never forget working security with you at the KBIG radio station (rent-a-cop). I think about you often. You are not forgotten...

Officer Kerry James Schilf
Burbank PD

November 23, 2008

You were honored on this website today. Your memory is never far away.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

September 10, 2008

Jimmy,
We are getting ready for the 3rd Annual Jimmy Mac Benefit Variety Show to raise money for the scholarship set up in your memory. Some days, I still can not believe your gone and my heart is so heavy. I miss you every day.
Love Mom

Toni Mac Donald, Mother

September 9, 2008

I learned about you and your partner tonight on TV as I was preparing to rest before my watch this morning. Now all I can think and wonder is the sacrifice you and partner made. We live a career that our real payment is really to come home at the end of our watch. Just wanted to let you know is that you nor your partner's effort has not been forgotten.

Off. Thornton
City of Atlanta Police

March 8, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION, YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 14, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

September 12, 2007

"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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

August 20, 2007

I'M A FRIEND OF KEVEN'S. WE STILL REMEMBER, R.I.P. OFFICER MacDONALD. YOU AND KEVIN LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER UP THERE IN HEAVEN. NEVER FORGOTTEN!!!!

DETECTIVE LIONEL GARRETT
INGLEWOOD PD

August 7, 2007

Jimmy, I watched a Court TV show that had your and Kevin's story on it. I watched that show and was horrified at how cold hearted people are. They have no respect for the badge nor for the fine officer wearing it. I really wish that they knew of the terrible, horrific roller coaster ride that they send all of us on when they take a life. I dont even know if some of them would care.

You have been gone since 1993 and I am certain that your parents still feel like it was yesterday. I will continue to say a prayer for them and you.

God Speed, we have the watch from here.

Heather
Ross County Ohio Deputy Sheriff

July 15, 2007

It is refreshing to reflect on the fact that Officer Kevin Burrell was raised in Compton and obviously chose to join that department to make Compton (the city I grew up in) a better and a safer place. Few successful people reach a helping hand back into the community like he did. I never met Kevin, however, after reading some of the Reflections, he was obviously a good guy who was born to be a police officer. Then there is Officer McDonald. I read somewhere that the night of his passing was to be his last in the city because he had been hired by a police force somewhere in Northern California. That same article indicated, according to James, if there had been an opening on the Compton Police force, he would have preferred to protect and serve in the city of Compton. He obviously adopted the Compton PD along with the residents of Compton and was desirous, like Kevin, to make Compton a better place.

I read about of one of the court proceedings in the newspaper and was in attendance at that proceeding in Downtown LA. This particular hearing was, I believe, for the purpose of determining whether there was sufficient evidence to try the man who would later be found guilty of the murders of these fine young men. I believe the parents of both men were present that day. During the proceeding, the weapon was introduced and I saw Officer McDonald’s dad slump down in his seat and rest his head on his wife’s shoulder. As the father of four sons, I cannot even begin to imagine what your families must have gone through and must still be dealing with. But at that moment, I felt like I was a part of the Burrell and McDonald families sharing your pain in a very personal way. All I could do was pray for you all and I did that. Officers Burrell and McDonald have left an indelible impression on me and made me view police officers, as a whole, as people who knowingly, willingly and courageously make the conscious decision (daily) to put their lives on the line to keep the peace for ordinary people like me.

Thank you Kevin and James for your courage and sacrifice on behalf of others.

Tillman
Carson, Ca.

Tillman

May 28, 2007

i meet you and your partner a couple of times. I was roomates with your fellow compton officer(nunez) at the time. i started the academy one year later i often thought about you then and now. rest in gods arms.

Police Officer
cpd

May 21, 2007

I wanted to leave this poem the last time I stopped at your reflection page but neglected to do so: This is for your Mom in your honor

Poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom we loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever.

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

February 26, 2007

I want to thank all of you for thinking of our son Jimmy on the anniversary date. Bob, as a parent, you know first hand how we feel and I am so sorry you had to become one of us, a parent who lost a child in the line of duty. May God help you to find peace of mind with your loss.
Jimmy's mom

Toni Mac Donald

February 24, 2007

Fourteen years have passed since you were called away and I know your loved ones have thought of you each and every day during that time and silent tears still fall because of their love for you. You are a true hero and heroes never die, thus you will never be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You will never be forgotten.

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

February 23, 2007

G-d Bless both you and your loved ones.

February 23, 2007

It has been 14 years, but because of this site people
who have never heard of you can come pay their
respects. It is a good thing. Time has not diminished
your sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

February 23, 2007

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