Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell

San Francisco Police Department, California

End of Watch Wednesday, February 18, 1970

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Reflections for Sergeant Brian V. McDonnell

Sgt McDonnell was my dads first cousin. His mother Nellie and my grandmother were sisters! Diane P Millman

Diane P Millman

November 27, 2023

Sgt McDonnell was my Dad's older brother. Sad story indeed. I'd love to connect w/ some of the McDonnell clan that have asked, so I'm offering my email here as the site disallows phone information. Thank you,
Matt McDonnell, Seattle WA
[email protected]

Matt McDonnell

February 18, 2023

I’m watching Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” and the opening of the movie shows office Brian V. McDonnell’s name. I’m a cop of 31 years with LA sheriff and retiring soon. I wanted to see what happened to Officer McDonnell. Now I know. RIP My brother. May the Lord continue to protect and watch over your now adult children and loved ones. You did not die in vein. You are a hero! We shall meet again in heaven.

Deputy Anonymous
LA Sheriff’s Department.

June 19, 2022

Today marks the 51st anniversary of the death of SFPD Park Station Sergeant Brian McDonnell. We, the members of Park Station and the entire SFPD, will never forget your sacrifice and will always cherish your memory. As we walk through the doors to this station, we see your picture, read your name, and we will always remember what happened here.

This reflection was sent on behalf of SFPD members currently assigned to Park Station. The below link is a YouTube video about the Park Station Bombing on February 16th, 1970. The YouTube video was researched, restored, re-edited, and produced by Michael Addario.

Rest In Peace!

Lieutenant Chahmal Kerow
San Francisco Police Department - Park Station

February 18, 2021

Sgt. McDonnell,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of San Francisco. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 18, 2020

Sadly no mention of the 50th anniversary of your death in any of the San Francisco newspapers,probably because the adopted son of your killers is the district attorney there. There are those of us who will not rest to see them brought to justice one day.

Len Hanley

February 18, 2020


First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 10, 2020

I agree. Never give up for justice.

Len Hanley

April 6, 2018

I agree. Never give up for justice.

Len Hanley

April 6, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May the cowards who took your life rot and suffer in this world and the next.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

December 30, 2017

Time to prosecute?

"On Feb. 16, 1970, the bombing of a San Francisco police station killed one officer, Sgt. Brian McDonnell. The murderers have never been arrested, but Burrough reports that for decades three top suspects have remained uncharged: bombmaker Howard Machtinger, who now lives in North Carolina; Weather theoretician Jeff Jones, who lives in upstate New York; and Weather’s undisputed queen, Bernardine Dohrn, who for more than a quarter-century has lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago."

John Bartelloni

April 23, 2015

R.I.P. to the grandfather I never knew. I still pray for justice and healing for our family.

Ken W.

February 20, 2015

I am sorry for what happened to Sgt. McDonnell. In his memory I purchased a sweatshirt and t-shirt with his name on it to honor him. I hope that those who killed him get what they deserve.

"If tears could build a stairway and memories were a lane We would walk right up to heaven And bring you back again. No farewell words were spoken No time to say goodbye You were gone before we knew it And only God knows why Our hearts still ache in sadness and secret tears still flow What it meant to lose you No one will ever know But now we know you want us To mourn for you no more To remember all the happy times Life still has much in store Since you'll never be forgotten We pledge to you today A cherished place within our heart Is where you'll always stay"

Len Hanley

March 29, 2014

Sergeant Brian was my 1st cousin and his father Val wasmy uncle. My father James was Vals brother and they lived in Ireland where they grew up.
I vry much wish to make coatact with any of the McDonnell as all contact was lost many years ago. My brother Val still livesin the old house in Ireland.
I would appreciate any contact.

James Mc Donnell
1st Cousin

July 21, 2013

I made this for you Officer McDonnell. Thank You.

Len Hanley
Private Citizen

May 7, 2012

Thank you for your service, I'm sorry your case has not been closed with arrests, conviction and death for those responsible. I pray they suffer a horrible life, constantly haunted by your image and never being able to rest. I believe they are still working to obtain their objective through the current administration.

Sgt. H.F.Frye, Retired Charlotte-Mecklen
former Richmond Co. N.C. Deputy Sheriff Captain

March 6, 2012

Hero's may fall but are never forgotten. RIP Sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 31, 2012

Rest in Peace, Sergeant McDonnell. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 22, 2012

You will not be forgotten,and those responsible will be brought to justice either here or in Hell.

Len Hanley
God's Army

January 3, 2012

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 18, 2011

On the 40th anniversary of Sergeant McDonnell's death, we honored his service in our patrol briefing by reading his entry from ODMP. Each day, we honor one fallen officer on the anniversary of their death so as to keep them in our thoughts, and also to remind us of the dangers inherent in our job. Sergeant McDonnell is not forgotten.

Sergeant Zach Perron
Palo Alto (CA) Police Department

February 18, 2010

After reading about the SFPD Unions attempt to prosecute the perpetrators for your death Sgt McDonnell, I felt compelled to send belated condolences to you and to your family.
My relatives also lost their dad, William Moroney, to gunfire from the WUO/BLA as he worked as a Brinks guard at the 1st Brinks robbery in June 2nd 1981 in Inwood Manhattan and his partner was permanently disabled. Donald Weems was convicted for his murder as well as for the murder of Sgt O Grady in the October 1981 Brinks robbery, and Bernutine Dorhn was only convicted of Contempt of Court.My Deepest Sympathies to your family.


August 26, 2009

To Sgt. Brian McDonnell, his loved ones, and his fellow officers with SFPD:

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

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, Brian. I am so humbled by your valor and service.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Brian gave to his community and the citizens of California, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 18, 1970.

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

February 18, 2009

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.
The terrorists who murdered you will never be allowed to rest or distance themselves from the evil they have caused.
May God bless you and your family, and may you rest in peace.

P. Warren

October 9, 2008

I just learned about the circumstances of Sgt McDonnell's death, while reading some historical information. My condolences to his family and my thanks for his loyal service as a fellow policeman.

Officer Ken Haney
Jackson Police Dept

October 5, 2008

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