Column: Despite 50 years on the job, this cop isn’t beat

Ron McDonald, 74, has worked for the Pomona Police Department since 1965.  "It wasn't a target," he says of his 50 years. "It just happened." (Photo by David Allen)

Ron McDonald, 74, has worked for the Pomona Police Department since 1965. “It wasn’t a target,” he says of his 50 years. “It just happened.” (Photo by David Allen)

Ron McDonald’s first day with the Pomona Police Department was Sept. 1, 1965; his assignment was foot patrol of the downtown pedestrian mall. Fifty years later, McDonald, now 74 and a lieutenant, is still on the job. “Time flies,” he says. His remarkable longevity is the subject of my Wednesday column.

Ron McDonald is seen here in an undated Police Department photo from the 1960s. (Courtesy photo)

Ron McDonald is seen here in an undated Police Department photo from the 1960s. (Courtesy photo)

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  • Ramona

    I had the pleasure of meeting Lieutenant McDonald more than thirty years ago. There was a neighborhood kerfuffle when I lived in Pomona and the then-officer McDonald was contacting local residents for statements. He was then, and I’m sure is now, a friendly, concerned policeman. We ended up having a delightful chat once he determined that my kids and I were okay.

    Congrats, Lieutenant. It was a pleasure doing business with ya.

    • davidallen909

      A satisfied customer! Thanks for the personal perspective, Ramona.

  • John Clifford

    A second time that we didn’t get the self-deprecating tag line at the end of your column. Are you just trying to see if we’re paying attention?

    John Clifford is paying attention to the David Allen column on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, all while eating a big mac.

    • davidallen909

      Not exactly true: In print, where you must have read it (and bless you for that), the tagline got truncated on both ends by the page designer for space. Online, the full version begins like so: “David Allen likes to write Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.”

  • SAWZ

    I’m sure that this article will never be published on “Pension Tsunami”. It makes the public-sector haters very angry when they cannot keep perpetuating the lie that all public safety workers retire at the age of 50 with $100K+ pensions.

    That said–congrats to this officer–a credit to the human race. May he keep healthy and work as long as he is able.