Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper David D. Monahan

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, April 17, 1980

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Reflections for Trooper David D. Monahan

Thank you for your service, both military as well as police, and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will always be remembered by your law enforcement brethren.

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

April 17, 2021

Trooper Monahan,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the USAF during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 17, 2020

Trooper Monahan,
On today, the 37th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but also when you served with the USAF during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

April 17, 2018

A Hero in Heaven, always remembered and never forgotten.

Kim Weigand Mom of Sgt. Mike Weigand

April 17, 2015

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

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

April 17, 2012

Anyone who puts their life on the line to protect and serve the people of this great nation is worthy of the highest level of respect and honor that we can possibly show another human being. God bless the families that know and love these individuals. For they are the Hero's behind the Hero's. I just want to say THANK YOU to all who serve and the families that deal with the stress and sacrifice that goes with being lucky enough to know and love these individuals on such an intimate level. Hold your heads HIGH and be proud of your passion and resolve to make this country a safer and better place for all of us to live and raise our children . You are truly the best example for us all to follow. Thank you once again and GOD bless.

Richard A. Psonak
Grateful Citizen

April 16, 2011

28 years. You've been gone almost as long as you lived. Yet the passage of time does not dim your courage, honor, and commitment or our respect and gratitude. Trooper Monahan, I honor you on this day.

March 21, 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

January 23, 2008

Trooper, you were taken from us by a cowardly mad who committed a cowardly act. This is what heroes are made of and you will never be forgotten for your sacrifice.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

April 17, 2007

Trooper Monahan Rest In Peace Sir. You will never be forgotten for the ultimate sarcrifice you made.

Deputy Joey Schouest
Terrebonne Parish S.O. Houma, La

July 16, 2006

On April 17, 1980, I was a Willistown Township (Chester County) PA Police Officer. I was first on the scene of the motor vehicle accident which claimed Trooper Monahan's life in East Goshen Township. I climbed into the back of the Troopers car and held him for nearly an hour while they cut the vehicle from around him. I tried to comfort him as best I could. I was devastated when I learned that he passed away in the hospital. Dave, I hope you remember me and will watch over me and my Son, who is also now a Police Officer in West Chester, PA. God bless you and may you rest in peace.

Sgt. Richard F. Daly Jr
Greenwich, CT Police Dept.

January 24, 2006

You made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. We are proud of you and thankful for all of your service. May God bless you and your family.

Pennsylvania State Police

February 19, 2004

I am a Pennsylvania State Trooper. A soldier of the law. To me is entrusted the honor of the force. I must serve honestly, faithfully, and if need be, lay down my life as others have done before me, rather than swerve from the path of duty. It is my duty to obey the law and to enforce it without any consideration of class, color, creed, or condition. It is also my duty to be of service to anyone who may be in danger or distress, and at all times so conduct myself that the honor of the force may be upheld.

My brother, your memory goes on with the fellow Troopers who recite and live these words.

The Pennsylvania State Police

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