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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

When i was 3 years old this happened. I do not know you but i read your story. Its hard to think that when i was such a little kid this happened and now 14 years later im graduating from high school and reading this. Ever since i was about 4 or 5 i wanted to be a police officer. Ideas of other little things came but i never ever got out of my head the idea of being a cop. Periodically i will go on the sight and look at the stories of fallen heros. One day i will do what you did and i will never forget the fallen officers in the past. I know that you and the many other peace officers in the heavens are looking down and watching over us. Watch over the future of law enforcement and just know that there are hundreds of people that look at your memorial and you are NEVER forgotten.......................

- in valor there is hope


February 17, 2007

Holidays are still hard for us, but we made it through another one. It does not seem possible next month will be 14 years since you have been gone.
We went to the graduation of the police academy the end of last month and gave the 12th scholarship out. What a nice, deserving young man that received it. His name is Eric Bilcich and he went online to read about you and said it was such an honor to get the scholarship in your name. We have met so many wonderful people in our COPS chapter through the tragedy of your death and I know you have met their loved ones in uniform when they joined you.
We miss you each day but know that you are watching over us until we join you. Tanner says he wishes he had known you and I tell him, you know him and are proud of him and Haily.
Mom & Dad

Toni MacDonal/Mother

January 1, 2007

Merry Christmas James. I'm a friend of Kevin Burrell. You will never be forgotten. Good bless your parents and your family. R.I.P. Officer McDonald

Detective Lionel Garrett
Inglewood Police Department, Ca

December 21, 2006

I don't know why, but I thought of you today. I thought of the classes we shared in college, the laughs we had hanging out on campus. I thought of how we were supposed to walk in commencements together, and cried when they called your name at the end. I thought of how you truly enjoyed your job of being a peace officer. Your sacrifice inspires me everyday to try to lend a helping hand to the needy, to seek justice at all times, to truly appreciates those closest to me, and to do my best to leave the world a better place than when I found it. You will never be forgotten.


September 29, 2006

I was thinking about you and your family today. You paid the ultimate sacrifice and for that I thank you. You are a hero in my eyes.

Police Officer
Petaluma Police Department

September 18, 2006

Jimmy, I was the partner you were scheduled to be with. Not a day goes by that I don't think about you and Kevin. You will always be in my prayers, until we meet again rest in peace my brother.

Deputy Gary Davis
Los Angeles County Sheriff

September 14, 2006

Officer James MacDonald and the MacDonald Family,

Our basic law enforcement class learned today about your highest sacrifice you have made for the citizens of California. Your commitment and dedication to your profession do NOT go unnoticed by me or my classmates. God bless you and your family.


Recruit in Training, Windsor ,CA

September 14, 2006

It is not the evil men do that is is when good people see evil being done and do nothing to stop it.

Don't worry Jimmy.........when I get to heaven I'll be your and Kevins's cover unit anytime. Because I know that both of you are riding with me now.

Reserve Officer Chris Ming
Antioch Police Department, Antioch,Ca

September 5, 2006

Although I didn't know you personally, I felt the pain of losing you. I was at the curbside memorial when the plaque was put in the sidewalk at the scene of the crime. I know that you are with the Father now, resting in His loving arms and we will meet some day!

Security Sergeant J. Wallace
Kraco Enterprises Security Dept.

August 26, 2006

The day of Jimmy's funeral was the day that I realized that I was not doing enough to leave this world a little better that I found it, as he was. His sacrifice led me to law enforcement, and I think about him every day, without fail, when I put that badge on.

California Highway Patrol

April 4, 2006

Even though I did not know you, I will never forget you. Thank you for your sacrifice. You are fallen but NOT forgotten.

Officer Apodaca

March 31, 2006

To the MacDonald family:

I am thinking about all of you today and saying special prayers for your family. You help so many others through your tireless efforts with COPS.

I am lighting two blue candles today for Jim and Kevin. Their memory is revered today and they are loved and cherished.

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

February 22, 2006

To the MacDonald family:

I am thinking about all of you today and saying special prayers for your family. You help so many others through your tireless efforts with COPS.

I am lighting two blue candles today for Jim and Kevin. Their memory is revered today and they are loved and cherished.

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

February 22, 2006



February 9, 2006

To Jim:

This past week was difficult for me, and I reached out to your mother. She is always there for everyone and has such words of wisdom. Rest in Peace, Jim. You are not forgotten.

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

January 22, 2006

You made the ultimate sacrifice and you are a hero who will never be forgotten. God bless and god speed brother, for we shall meet again...

Police Officer

December 3, 2005


I met your parents at my first COPS function this past Saturday. They are such wonderful people and I know they miss you so much. I am so gratified and thankful that they have chosen to involve themselves in COPS and help others who are going through this awful agony.

Your picture shows that you were such a handsome young man. I am so saddened that your life was cut so short and that you didn't have the chance to live to a ripe old age.

Please know that you are not forgotten. Your valor and bravery will always be remembered and honored.

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

Rest in peace.

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

October 24, 2005

When the Lord was creating peace officers, he was into his sixth day of
overtime when an angel appeared and said,
"You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."
And the Lord said, "Have you read the spec on this order? A peace officer has
to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter
homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform.

"He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a
homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses,
and testify in court the next day.

"He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee
and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said, "Six pairs of hands... no way."

"It's not the hands that are causing me problems," said the Lord, "it's the
three pairs of eyes an officer has to have."

"That's on the standard model?" asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks,
"May I see what's in there, sir?" (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken
that accounting job.) "Another pair here in the side of his head for his
partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look
reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so."

"Lord," said the angel, touching his sleeve, "rest and work on this tomorrow."

"I can't," said the Lord, "I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound
drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord. "It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes;
recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest
a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to
debate the legality of the stop... and still it keeps its sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime
scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder
victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't
sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects."

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace
officer. "There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told you that you were trying to
put too much into this model."

"That's not a leak," said the lord, "it's a tear."

"What's the tear for?" asked the angel.

"It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that
funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," he said.

December 17, 2004

To Ofc. MacDonald's parents and brother; may you take solace in the fact that God holds a special place for those who give their lives for others. You have every reason to be proud of him. His brothers and sisters will honor him always.

Sgt. Bill Richardson
Anchorage, Alaska PD

August 26, 2004

From a brother across the country, thanks for standing the thin blue line.
"In Valor there is Hope"

Sgt. Mike Edes
Maine State Police

July 4, 2004

Jim I still remember the incident as if it was yesterday.I left LASD(LKD) in oct of 1992,to relocated to Albuq NM. Soon after I moved, I was advised of the tragic news involving you& kevin. Its been almost ten years to the day. You guys will always be remembered , & never forgotten in my heart. Take care brother, SEE/YAA ON THE FLIP/FLOP Deputy Ron Buchholz.


From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother;

Deputy Fernando M Gonzalez
LASD/ former CPD

We are all thinking of


Jimmy Mac Donald was a very friendly and dedicated Officer for the City of Compton. He loved working in Compton as a police officer. He was a college student during his tenure with The Compton Police Department. He would come to work as a Reserve Office after he completed his classes for the day. He wanted to be a Compton Police Officer after he graduated from Long Beach State University. The night that Jimmy was killed he was scheduled to work with one officer but he asked the Sergeant to work with Kevin Burrell. It was Jimmy's last night as a reserve officer and he was scheduled to go to the San Jose Police Academy to begin his full-time career as a police officer for San Jose.

I will miss Jimmy for the rest of my life. He was a very special friend. I will always "Follow in the foot steps of this Hero."

Deputy Russell Townsley
Los Angeles Sheriff's Department

The 9 year anniversary just passed since you left us. Not a day goes by that we don't think of you and miss you. We had a number of calls from our "Compton" boys and really appreciate them staying in touch.
You will always be our Hero and Angel in Blue.
Mom & Dad

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