Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff James Daniel McSweeney

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Monday, October 24, 1988

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff James Daniel McSweeney

Jim, his partner, Roy Chester and I were Academy classmates in 1976. They were both great guys and I enjoyed working with them at MCJ. I recall how shocked I was to hear of their untimely deaths. They were both doing what they loved doing and being part of that elite task force speaks to the quality of deputy they both were. I’m honored to have known them

Sgt. Bill Horwitz (Ret)

February 19, 2022

I was shocked and saddened to read of the EOW for James McSweeney so many years ago. Jim was one of my Cadets going through the LASD Academy. As soon as I saw his photo, I immediately remembered him. He was a great Cadet and like so many Cadet's, I lost track of him over the years. He passed a year after I retired but still, I am surprised his death went unnoticed by me.
He was obviously a great cop to have been part of an elite Multi-Agency Narco Unit.
RIP Jim, prayers to your family.

Sergeant, Robert S. Murcott, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

October 25, 2021

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff McSweeney.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 1, 2021

Today Narcotics Bureau remembers the ultimate sacrifice you paid. We remember and will NEVER forget! All of your family and friends are in our thoughts today.

Captain Holly Francisco
LASD Narcotics Bureau

October 23, 2020

Deputy Sheriff McSweeney,
Sir, I just saw the previous reflection I left for you and please forgive me for misspelling your name. And again thank you for your service and sacrifice.


United States Border Patrol

October 25, 2018

Deputy Sheriff Sweeney,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Los Angeles County. And to your Family and loved ones I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

October 24, 2018

RIP brother.

Deputy Sheriff LASD

October 25, 2017

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

Officer Mike Robinson, (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

October 24, 2017

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 25, 2014

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 25, 2014

When I was a Drill Instructor at the Sheriff's Academy, Dep. Jim McSweeney was in one of my cadet's. Although smaller in stature than many of the other cadet's he excelled in physical training and defensive tactics. He always seemed to be squared away and had a great love for the job. He will continued to be missed by all who had the privlege of knowing him.

Ret. Sgt. R. Storm Murcott
LASD/My Cadet

October 26, 2012

A great friend and deputy/sheriff who was taught to roll dice with the best of them at a Texas Narcotic Officers' Conference in El Paso, Texas.

Deputy/Constable John V. Pappas
Houston, Harris County, Texas

November 10, 2011


I will always remember our days in Narcotics Bureau and your devotion to duty.

Sgt Ed Huffman
LASD Narcotics Bureau

October 27, 2011

I still smile when I think of the license plate frame someone (R. Duval) put on your RX7,,, you had a great sense of humor bro,,,

Retired Sgt. Alec MacArthur

October 26, 2011

Hey Jim.. its been a lot of years since FPK brother... we still miss you.. you havent been forgotten

Sgt Cam Mooney

June 25, 2011

I will never forget all our time together.

Sharon Beam Lewis

July 29, 2010

Rest in Peace, Deputy McSweeney. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 23, 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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 29, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service


October 20, 2007

To the family and friends of Deputy McSweeney and his fellow deputies:

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Deputy McSweeney tragically lost his life seventeen years ago in the helicopter crash.

May you continue to be comforted by the caring and support of your law enforcement family, and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you.

On this the anniversary week of his death, Deputy McSweeney's valor and bravery are remembered.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of service James gave to his community and to his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on October 24, 1988.

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

October 24, 2005

Let it never be said that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has forgotten its own. Your name is on our wall and will always be in hearts.

Rest in peace.

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

September 2, 2004

God bless you for your service James. You will always be remembered.

Ofcr. Dan Winger

April 30, 2004

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