Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer James Madison McGee, Jr.

Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Tuesday, February 7, 1995

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Reflections for Officer James Madison McGee, Jr.

Your selfless actions that day are the true definition of heroism. Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

February 7, 2021

As the 26th anniversary of Officer Madison McGee Jr's death approach we give thanks to Officer McGee for his dedicated service. He will never be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

February 3, 2021

RIP sir; you will never ever ever be forgotten sir.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 5, 2020

One of thebest guys I ever knew. Infectious smile, a jokester, and all around great guy. Never will he be forgotten.
G onna miss him forever.

Officer M A Greenwood

April 22, 2019

James was in my squad..I was his Sgt at 7D
Great officer..Always a gentleman and had a great sense of humor...I will never ever forget that morning after..coming to work and being hit with the news....Not a good time


March 10, 2019

Rest in peace Officer McGee.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 2, 2019

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 7, 2018

The day he died he told me he was going to miss not raising his kids. I never thought it would be this real. An amazing person. RIP McGhee, we still remember you.


March 16, 2016

Young Life Taken Too Soon. Was a Very Nice and Respectful Young Man. Truly missed by all. ROLE MODEL MATERIAL

former DCMPD DIspatcher

February 7, 2015

I had heard of Offcer McGee's mother and how she single handedly prevented a split in the ranks between the Officers by forgiving the white Officer that shot and killed her son. I first met her in the parking lot of the Goodhope Market Place and subsequently at the Officer Brian Gibson Annual Christmas Dinner. What a Christian she is. I don't know if I could ever have that kind of forgiveness in my heart. GOD BLESS the McGee family. I was looking forward to breaking bread with my fellow 4D Old timers today but then I noticed a post of a Memorial Service for Officer McGee I must show my respects.

Retired Officer

February 7, 2015

Jim and I attended the same academy class. He was a great person and we joked around a lot. He and I graduated the academy and hit the streets in the early 90's. Back then, DC was literally the wild west. Homicides and crime in general were out of control. There was an old saying, ten percent of the cops did 90% of the work. Well Jim was one of the ten percenters. Why? Well I frequently saw Jim in court. If you were in court, you were the working police. Jim worked. I will never understand fully how Jim died as it was friendly fire. I have spoken to many that ended up on the scene. My heart goes out to his childred that witnessed his death and I hope they are well. Jim would have his 25 years on now. Rest my friend and thanks for letting me know you for the short time we had.

John Paprcka Class 90-2

John Paprca Detective-D2-20

February 7, 2015

I was first on scene on the night James lost his life. I never policed again with the confidence I once held. He was a good cop, Too many good cops fall. Rest in peace McGee. Till we meet again. B Cooper.

officer retired
MPDC 7th District

February 18, 2013

James and I were both in the academy together. We sat near each other during class and during PT training we were workout partners. Jim and I held each others feet while we did sit ups and encouraged the other to run harder as we jogged. I never knew Jim until we entered the academy together and I never really got to know him personally.
What I did learn as time went by was that Jim was a working cop. Back them, you were measured by the amount of times you were in court. Well, like me, Jim was in court multiple times a week. Frequently we saw each other in court papering cases. He was a working cop. Ten percent of the force did 90 percent of the work. FACT.

So when the news came that Jim was killed, it hurt. Mixed emotions due to the circumstances. But a friend was dead. Sad as it was. Years later I spoke to a person on the scene and his version hurt me emotionally even more when I heard about Jim's kids being there. All in all it is sad. It is now January of 2013, since our academy class that formed in 1990, 5 of us have died.

Enough said, Jim, you were a friend, great spirt, hard working cop and died to soon. Until we meet again. Thanks for helping me in PT.


John Paprcka

January 10, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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.

Time never diminishes respect and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your wonderful mom for all she does to help other survivors.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 5, 2012

The 17 anniversary is fastly approaching. I think of you often. I remember how we used to joke with each other as my midnight shift was ending and your day work shift was beginning. Shortly after your death, I was at the academy and I saw this officer walk into the gymnasium. He looked so much like you, that for a spit second I thought your death was a bad dream. Oh how I wish that were true. R.I.P. I will never forget you.

Ofc. Lisa A. Nesbit
D.C. Metropolitan Police Deparment

November 27, 2011

A terrible tragedy for all involved. My heart goes out to everyone touched by this incident.

Officer McGee, you are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

Such a tragic story. I thank GOD for police officers everywhere. May GOD be with your family.


February 20, 2009

To Officer James Madison McGee Jr. and his loved ones:

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

My heart is with your mother and other family members who call you beloved. I was befriended by your mother at a Parents' Retreat and am thankful for her kindness. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

James, I know that you rescued us, saved our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

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, James. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service James gave to his community and the citizens of our country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 7, 1995.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 7, 2009

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice. You are a hero to us all and will never be forgotten


February 28, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 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
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

December 9, 2007

"My Brother"

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was idealistic and believed he could make a difference.
He was immensely proud of the uniform and the badge and what they represent.
He felt privileged to be of service to his department, his community and to his country.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was friendly, courteous, and polite, yet firm.
He laughed and joked, but was serious when necessary.
He was competent, trained, and professional.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He had a strong sense of right and wrong and became
frustrated when true justice became sidetracked.
He felt the sharp criticism that goes with the job, but he
never wavered.
He stood by and for his fellow officers.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He longed for his family during the long hours.
He worried about them during his shifts and the lonely
weekends, holidays and midnights when they were apart.
He felt guilty about the lost time, but knew his calling
and prayed they would understand.

He was a cop.

Although I never met him, I knew him.
He was a good son, a loving husband, and a devoted father.
He was dedicated to the profession and cared about the
people he served.
He wanted to do the best job that he could and strived to
be the best he could be.
He was a good citizen and a good neighbor.

He was a cop.

Yes, I did know him.
He was a cop, he was my Brother.

Rest easy Brother McGee, we have the watch...

”I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.”
---Isaiah 6:8

You answered the call and made the ultimate sacrifice. Rest easy in God's kingdom and watch over us as we continue the battle here on earth!!!


April 8, 2007

Almost 12 years ago. Time has not diminished your
sacrifice. This is a tragedy that took you way too soon.
With love from the other Washington.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

January 4, 2007

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