Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Donald Edward Lovelace

Virginia State Police, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, October 18, 1970

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Reflections for Trooper Donald Edward Lovelace

Rest in peace Trooper Lovelace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 27, 2020

RIP, you will never be forgotten.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police

December 14, 2018

RIP thank you so much for your service.

Francisca Waterman

August 28, 2018

RIP Trooper Lovelace. I was honored to have worked with Trooper Lovelace in York County. You will not be forgotten.

Former Trooper Ken R. Bays
Virginia State Police

March 12, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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.

Rest In Peace.

To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that when you lose someone so precious to you that the pain never goes away...the pain and the pride is forever. I pray for your solace.

Phyllis Loya


October 18, 2009

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

April 8, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


October 16, 2007

I am the son of a trooper that worked with you in York County. My father spoke highly of you and what type of person you were. I remember you as I patrol the streets and know that you and other are looking down on us to keep us safe.

Sgt. Scotty Williams
Newport News Police Department

December 19, 2006

On this, the 35th anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember.
It is in your memory that we continue on.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

October 18, 2005

While life goes on in your absence. You aren't and will not be forgotten. May those of us that carry the torch of those who's footsteps we travel in do so with honor and integrity. Honoring those before us who gave all. Rest in Peace Trooper Lovelace.

Senior Trooper JP Flanary
Virginia State Police

November 16, 2004

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 18, 2004


Rest in peace Trooper Lovelace. You are not forgotten.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 25, 2004

Rest in peace troop, watch over us as we continue on.

Senior Trooper
Virginia State Police

October 18, 2003

thank you trooper, you are a hero!


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