Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Daniel T. Maloney

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, December 27, 1981

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Reflections for Police Officer Daniel T. Maloney

As I write this I am sitting on duty at the 35th street fallen officers memorial on EMS duty.

40 years ago at this time I was a 21 year old kid who had been in and out of trouble with the police. One officer however had befriended me and had taken the time to talk to me and mentor me. That officer was Dan. I was working at a local hardware store and Dan had recently bought a home with his wife and would come to my store to purchase items and get advise on things. I had met his wife and had come to view him not as an officer but as my friend.

On the night of December 26 I was coming home from a date and saw Dan on duty sitting at S. Parliament Dr and Princess Anne Rd at the Texaco. I pulled in and we started talking about how our Christmas was and he told me how excited he was to know that next Christmas his child would be with his family. We chatted for a few minutes when a yellow Cadillac made a sudden turn down S. Parliament lights off. I will never forget Dan giving me a big grin telling me he would be right back and he took off after the Cadillac.

I waited several minutes and decided to drive down to the end of the street to see why he had not come back out. When I got there I saw his cruiser with lights on and door open. Another officer came past me approached his car and I immediately knew something was wrong. I came up to the scene and saw Dan wounded. I felt totally helpless as more officers came to the scene and then rescue.

I spent the next hour with a detective giving information about the car and the subject driving and ultimately learned that Officer Bell had shot and killed the suspect at Providence and Kempsville.

That day has lived with me forever. Years later I decided I could no longer feel helpless when someone was injured and I became a paramedic. I retired as an EMS chief at 56 and went to work again with Virginia Beach EMS where I remain on duty today. I have no doubt had Dan not taken the time to befriend me and mentor me that my path in life would not have turned out as it did.

I am forever grateful to Dan and hope that I have honored his life the best that I could.

So to any officer reading this. If you think one officer cannot make a difference you can. I am proof of that.

Rest In Peace Dan you are missed and will never be forgotten.

Rusty

Senior Paramedic Russell Blow
VBEMS , friend

December 27, 2021

It has taken me this long to find Danny’s name on this website. Danny and I went through the Tidewater Regional Police Academy at Old Doioinion University. Like Danny, I moved from Buffalo after serving as an Army Reecuiter to join the Portsmouth Police Department. Danny was seated in rows behind myself and Patrick Gough who was from the VBPD. Some of our other classmates were Gary Blankenship and a guy we called “Country” who were also from VBPD. Dixie Shipley, Mary Kate Hamilton, and Wally Bunker all from Suffolk PD. Don Reimer of VBPD and Sheriff Billy Overman was two of our great instructors. We had an incredible Academy class and Danny was one of our outstanding classmates who was exceptionally proud of being a VB Police Officer. We often chided in jest our classmates from Virginia Beach because they prided themselves in thinking they had better euipment than the other meager departments in the Academy. It was all done in good collegial fun. I was working the streets in Portsmouth during the early morning hours that you were savagely assasinated. It brought about a painful reality that most of us never gave much thought of happening to any of us during our Academy training. Whenever I return to Buffalo hardly a visit goes by that I don’t think of you and our class. Godspeed my friend, fair winds and following seas. May your memory, dedication to duty and ultimate sacrifice be an inspiration to generations to law enforcement officers not yet born.

Officer Gerald O. Glenn, PPD
Police Chaplain, Chesterfield [VA] PD

November 7, 2018

Not forgotten. RIP Sir

Sgt Yoli Trujillo, Retired
Corpus Christi (Tx) P.D.

December 27, 2016

I lived on Daniel Maloney Drive for 20 years. Daniel Maloney is hero of mine and I think of him often. He gave all for the safety of the citizens of Virgina Beach. Bless Daniel and his family.

David Myers
Grateful citizen

September 22, 2016

In regards to Michael S.Yetter request of where Dan's final resting place is in Orchard Park,N.Y. If you would like to know exactly please email me at [email protected]

I am doing a public speaking demonstration tomorrow at Buffalo State college and it was because of my brother Dan on his 28th birthday that I met my husband who won Dan's award from Bishop Timon High School. My husband is also in law enforcement and we will be married 28 years in May 2016. I miss him every day and his mom joined him in heaven a couple of years ago and his dad is still alive and well.

Mary Maloney McCabe
Sister of Daniel Maloney

January 8, 2016

Today, 33 years your sacrifice, “A” Shift honors you, Daniel T. Maloney by dedicating our watch to your memory. God bless you, R.I.P. brother.

SGT. J.L. SLAUGHTER
RADFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT

December 27, 2014

I was a college friend of Daniel T. Maloney at Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY. We worked in the college library together and had many great times. He was an outgoing, friendly South Buffalo boy who was a great friend. I only recently learned of his tragic death that occurred over 32 years ago and was horribly shocked. He was in the criminal justice program in college and had ambitions to be a police officer but nothing could have prepared me for what I found on-line. I am so glad to hear that his child is a fine young man following in his father's footsteps. I am now searching for the burial place of Dan Maloney and have had no luck. I thought he might be buried here in Buffalo but the Catholic cemeteries cannot locate his grave. If anyone knows Dan's final resting place, please let me know. I will remember Dan forever as a wonderful guy, full of life. Rest in peace my friend.

Michael S. Yetter, Buffalo, NY
College Friend, May 23, 2014

May 23, 2014

Thirty-two years ago today and it doesn't get any easier. We miss you dearly. Rest in peace my brother

MPO lou Thurston (Ret)
Virginia Beach Police Department

December 27, 2013

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone, but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

December 27, 2013

I never personally knew Officer Maloney, rather I ended up living on Daniel Maloney Drive in Virginia Beach. I asked my husband the significance to the name from which I learned the street had been named to honor the memory of Officer Maloney. As it turns out, I am a retired Police Sergeant from Portsmouth. During my career, I had not only attended funerals for several officers, but also had participated in planning police memorial events for my department. Sadly my last month on the force before retirement was attending and helping with events to say goodbye to a wonderful police officer who died in the line of duty in Portsmouth. My husband and I visited the Police Memorial Wall in DC, where we honored the memory of Officer Maloney, the Portsmouth Officer and all of those killed in the line of duty.
This past week, the Lake Wales Police Dept in Florida, allowed me to remember Officer Rick Spaulding, Officer Daniel Maloney, and Deputy Charlie Fisher during their Candlelight Vigil. I have no way of knowing how to get in touch with Officer Maloney's family, if anyone does, I have pictures of the program, and photos of the memorial candle with his name and service printed on it. I will always remember our heroes both known and unknown to me.
Bless all of those who serve and your families.

Sgt. Amber Whittaker Williams (Ret)
Portsmouth Police (Retired)

May 14, 2013

I met Danny as a classmate at the Tidewater Police Academy at Old Dominion University. There were so many in our class from Virginia Beach, but is was a regional academy. I was from Suffolk. I will never forget Danny nor will I ever forget when I heard of his murder the night it happened. A chill shot through my stunned body. I felt, and anger. Yes, anger. A convict from Maryland had taken the life of a comrade. Danny, like the rest of us who become cops, had paid the supreme sacrfice to protect his community. I remember as if it were yesterday the touching and sad funeral. Danny, may be gone, but he is certainly never forgotten by those who were classmates and served in the law enforecement profession, whether at the beach or in the peanut fields of Suffolk. Rest in peace my friend, rest in peace.

Lt. W. M. "Wally" Bunker
Suffolk Police Department, Suffolk, VA

March 31, 2013

Danny.....

I am so glad that my Mother was able to find this site and read all of the wonderful words of your friends and fellow officers.... You will always be with me and hope that you and Dad are watching over me, and my family... I miss you and will always keep you close to my heart.... I'll see you down the road! Love, Marcus

Marcus A. Maloney
Cousin - Maloney Family

February 16, 2012

Dan, I was working the county zone that fateful night so wasn't close to help you but still clearly remember the details and am thankful officer Bell was near and able to finish the needed job that night. Your memory lives on with all of us VBPD along with the others that have given their life in service to VB. I am proud of your son who is attempting to follow in your service in NC. Best of luck in that endeavor. God Bless.

MPO Jerry Fenske, Ret
VBPD,Ret

December 29, 2011

There is not a Christmas season that passes that I do not think of Danny, my academy classmate and friend, co worker in the 1st Pct way back when.
Dan was an ace, always smiling and always proud of his Buffalo roots, as transplanted New Yorkers we always had laughs to share, a true gentleman.
You are loved by many, and never will be forgotten.
Rest in Peace my Friend,
Det Don McMahon PAPD
Former PO #224 VBPD 1st PCT 105/115 Zone

Det Don McMahon
Port Authority Police NY-NJ

January 6, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Like your son, my grandson only knows his father through pictures and memories of others but I know you hold a special place in your son's heart. I was very moved by the song written for you by your friend ...what a beautiful tribute.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 30, 2009

I worked with Danny. He was covering my zone the night he was killed becasuse I took the night off. Danny this will haunt me forever until I join you in heaven!! God Bless You and your Bravery!!!!

Maggie Derylak
volusia county sheriffs office retired

November 4, 2009

I was only out of the police academy two weeks when you were taken. The news of you being killed stunned everyone beyound belief. I barely knew you being so green. But it still hurt nonetheless. Three years to the month I lost my twin brother,LAPD Central Div. Officer Duane C. Johnson. I make the effort to remember you everyday, as I do my brother.

MPO Dana W. Johnson
Virginia Beach Police, 1st Pct

May 18, 2009

It has taken me this long to finally view your page. The pain I felt the night you died is still as evident now as it was on that cold winter night. I will always regret that I could not see you or say goodbye to you. Going through the academy together we became the best of friends. When I was groomsman at your wedding I could not forsee that I would later be a pallbearer at your funeral. They say that time heals all wounds, but that has never been the case. Recently I lost another friend on August 7, 2008. Mike Phillips was also a member of our department and his death brought back so much of the pain that I felt on the night you died. With losing Mike, it was reliving the pain and loss all over again. I wrote and recorded a song for you many years ago in 1982. It has and continues to be the fastest song I have ever written because it just poured out of me one night at a piano. Ironically, I wrote it the night your wife was given a baby shower for your son that you would never meet. I wanted to leave it for you now. I hope that you have heard it on the occassions I had the strength to play it. I love you and miss you my brother.

Time Goes By
Sunset again, another day ends
Oh and time always goes by too fast
Broken promise again, to a very good friend
I couldn't make it by, I didn't have the chance
The funny thing is, I can't remember what took up my time
What was more important than a good friend of mine?
Oh tell me what was more important than a good friend of mine?

Time after time, we both made plans
We had to get together and relive the old days again
Something always came up, the plans faded away
But we always said to each other, maybe another day

Chorus
We always take for granted the most precious things we have
Like the time we have with friends, well it doesn't always last
Why do we always learn too lat that time moves too fast?
Times moves too fast.

Sunset again, another day ends
Oh tell me where did all the days go by and what about those plans.
All the memories come rushing by of the times we didn't have.
To get together and life with life, but then time it moves too fast...
Oh and time, it moves too fast...
Way too fast.....

Please take care of Mike and show him the ropes up there in heaven. I hope and pray that I have lived my life well enough to one day see both of you again...

Dennis
VBPD

January 16, 2009

I never got to say thank you for all that you did for me. Twenty-eight years later and I still have the newspaper report in my night stand drawer.

I see a reference below to a son who never knew his father. Some day I hope to meet him and tell him about his father.

You were taken from us too soon and that still makes me sad. Rest in peace.

Don Parker

January 10, 2009

I remember the night you were taken from this world, I got off work early, as I was walking out the back door of Public Safety Building, you were walking in. I told you I was getting off work early because it was a slow night, I had to double back in the morning. Within the hour, you were gone. Life is so precious and can be taken so quickly. I still think about you often and know that you are in heaven, still looking out for us all. Rest in Peace my friend.

TC3 SANDRA OBRIEN
VB 911

August 12, 2008

I was young child when you gave your life in the line of duty. Thank you for your service to the public. It will never be forgotten. Officer Maloney Sr. I just want to know I am a good friend of your son who happens to live near Charlotte, NC. He turned out to be a real good man. You would have been proud of him. It was one day several weeks back he mentioned about you and how you gave your life in the line of duty. He always expresses his pride in a father he really never got a chance to really know. He is currently trying to follow his father’s foot steps in becoming a police officer. I reached out to him in trying to get him to join the family at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept. He expresses his interests in joining our family. I welcome him with open arms and hope his dream may come true. I believe he would turn out to be an outstanding police officer like his father. God bless you and your son.

Officer E.M. Gonzalez "Gonzo"
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept.

May 14, 2008

Even all these years later we are saddened by your passing, but your courage and your sacrifice spur us on. May the service we give prove that your death was not in vain.

April 20, 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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 8, 2008

Brother in Blue:
So young when you gave the ultimate for your community and society 26 years ago. Rest easy, sleep well, The Line between civilization and chaos is held.

Retired Line Doggie
Richland County S. C.

December 27, 2007

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

December 26, 2007

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