Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Policeman Donald LeRoy Highley

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 1968

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Reflections for Policeman Donald LeRoy Highley

My grandfather Sam Laurie was the tow truck driver who caught the driver who hit your father.
I remember him telling me the story but just recently started to research it. Glad there is a sign to memorialize your dad.

Dusty Rhodes

February 26, 2021

Love you Daddy

Joann Owens

March 9, 2020

YOU will never be forgotten; RIP.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 10, 2020

my name is Donald L highley my father was officer Donald L highley and my family thanks you for your Memorial of his service my brother Mark Ronnie sister Joanne and I Donald appreciate it

Donald Highley

August 23, 2019

We had just moved to Burbank in 1968.I still live about a mile from the location.I noticed recently they added signage to honor Officer. Highley at Riverside and Zoo Dr. At the top of the offramp I will forever.remember him and his sacrifice.

George Contreras Civilian Employee.
Burbank Police Traffic Division

July 9, 2019

Rest in peace Policeman Highley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 4, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you and your family for your service and sacrifice to this country.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 10, 2018

Thanks everyone for your posting. Over the years I have wondered if my Father would be remembered and my heart it full of joy reading these wonderful reflections.

I was 10 yrars old when my father was ran over by a drunk driver and killed. It is sad that a drunk driver could kill a father of 4 and only receive 1 year in jail. I am so glad this has changed over the years.

I think of my father everyday and have a vivid memory of that Saturday night, all the TV shows we were watching and the specific show when the officers showed up at our door.

My father and his best friend Arley McCreery where like brothers and served in the US Navy together. After leaving the navy they joined the LAPD and both were killed in the line of duty 20 years apart. They are enjoying each other once again .

I love you Dad and Mac (Arley) RIP,
Ronald Highley

Ronald Highley

March 5, 2015

Don Highley was my last partner on motors before I transferred to the "Metro Squad" two weeks prior to his death. He was a serious, dedicated, hard working officer whom I not only enjoined working with but considered a friend. He was a tribute to Law Enforcement in general and the Los Angeles Police Department in particular.
He was a proud father and spoke of his children often.

Sergeant Lyle Pearcy
Los Angeles Police Department

November 5, 2014

I have a recording of KFWB from 2/11/68 which recounts the incident in which Officer Highley lost his life. It so described the heroic but unnamed tow truck driver who chased the suspect and held him for police. Rest in Peace, Mr. Highley.

Don (not a law enforcement officer)
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

October 12, 2013

Its sad that I never got the opportunity to meet you grandpa, its been some time now since you died in action and through the years ive heard many great stories about you, stories that make it that much sadder that we never met. I know you would have been an awesome grandfather, and a soon to be great grandfather as I am expecting my first baby girl with my husband. I recently married last year, and left to my new home to start my own family, a family that god willing will be just the same to the one you created. We all miss you and love you.....your loving grand daughter, Denise Rene Aguilar.

Denise Rene Aguilar
grand daughter (daughter of Ronald Highley)

February 17, 2013

I responded to the scene of the accident and participated in the apprehension of the suspect.

Officer Roi W. Brown #7784

May 13, 2012

Rest in Peace, Policeman Highley. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 14, 2012

Dad tonight your great grandson Seth asked me what Happened to you and why you are not here, he wanted to see your picture, we are visiting you here. You died when I was to young to remember so I am only able retell stories from what the boys have told me. I wish it could of been different, times like these I really miss that I was not able to have my own memories. Love you

JoAnn Highley

September 24, 2011

thank you don for the being such a great cousin, still miss you.

michael highley

June 26, 2011

Policeman Highley - Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

April 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya


February 10, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten by the ones who love you and knew you.


January 4, 2009

You were the first officer killed in the line of duty when I came on the Department in December 1967. I retired in April 2007 and there are 65 officers from our department killed since you death. You are in good comapany and are surrounded by Heroes that have given all their tomorrows for all of our todays. Thank you and God bless you and your family.

John Miller Retired
LAPD 1967 to 2007

Retired Detective

July 22, 2008



February 8, 2008

Grandad even though i never got to meet you, you are still in my thoughts. I thank you so much for the father that you have given me

Donald E Highley

October 27, 2007



April 25, 2006

Thank you for your devotion to duty. You are not forgotten. Rest in peace.

A citizen

November 4, 2004


You are still remembered for your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County Illinois Sheriff's Dept.

October 18, 2004

Thank you for your service, You will never be forgotten.


August 13, 2004

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