Officer John L. Libby II
June 26, 1971-May 27, 2013
Originally from Freehold, New Jersey, John started his law enforcement career with the Jackson Township Police Deaprtment, Jackson, New Jersey in 2001. In 2007, John made the difficult decision and left home to start a new career with the McKinney PD. John started with the department on October 8, 2007. John was a hardworking and selfless patrol officer who was always willing to help a friend and fellow co-worker. John always had the ability to crack a joke and make people smile. He was a warm and compassionate friend who always said hello regardless of who you were. Prior to John's untimely death in an off-duty motorcycle accident, he had successfully completed the National School Resource Officer course and was being assigned to the School Resource Officer unit at the end of the summer. This was a position he was very much looking forward to.
Besides being a dedicated officer, he was a devout father and husband. He is survived by his wife Jennifer, daughter Adrianna, and son Brandon.
John was also a founding member of the McKinney Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 107 and served as the Sergeant at Arms.
John will forever be missed but will never be forgotten.
David "Wojo" Waldschmidt
July 26,1954-March 14,2011
Sergeant David “Wojo” Waldschmidt began his law enforcement career with the McKinney PD in 1979. After several years with the department, “Wojo” left and began his employment with the Collin County Sheriffs Office. “Wojo” spent 11 years with the CCSO and in the mid-1990’s he returned to the McKinney PD. “Wojo” held positions as patrol officer, patrol sergeant and Detective Sergeant.
“Wojo” will be saddly missed by all members of the department. He was always a man that could be counted on no matter what the issue whether it be personal or professional.
“Wojo” died at his home from a heart attack. He was 57 years old. At the time of his death, “Wojo” had served 31 dedicated years of law enforcement and was McKinney’s longest serving police officers.
Milligan Ray Burk
End of Watch: 1/30/70
Patrolman Burk was shot and killed when he and another officer responded to a domestic disturbance.
While on the scene they arrested one suspect and as they were walking him to the patrol car a second suspect opened fire on them with a .22 caliber rifle. Patrolman Burk was shot in the stomach and fatally wounded. His partner, who was also wounded, was able to return fire and shoot the suspect. The man was convicted but later released from prison.
Patrolman Burk was 30 years old and had been with the agency for 18 months. He was survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Marion E. Taylor
End of Watch: 3/2/38
Officer Taylor was shot and killed after stopping a taxi cab whose driver was waving him down. The taxi driver had been abducted at gunpoint in Dallas and was being forced to drive to Denison. When Officer Taylor stopped the taxi the suspect shot him six times. The man was convicted and executed in the electric chair on March 18, 1940.
Officer Taylor was 34 years old and had served with the agency for 10 years. He was survived by his wife.
Samuel Perry Burks
End of Watch: June 12,1902
Marshal Burks succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained the previous day. He was shot by a store owner after he responded to a prowler call.
The officer and a night watchman had arrested three people at the scene. The night watchman took two of the suspects and Marshal Burks took the third suspect. As the marshal placed the suspect in his vehicle, the store owner, who believed Marshal Burks was one of the prowlers, opened fire with a shotgun.
Marshal Burks was 45 years old and had served with the McKinney Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.
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