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Officer Robert A. Phillips

California Highway Patrol, California

End of Watch Monday, January 6, 1975

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Reflections for Officer Robert A. Phillips

RIP

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 24, 2015

I remember Bob as a young man who was very close to my family and we considered him part of it. He was a police science student at Santa Rosa Junior College and took self defense from my father, Lou Costa, which is how we met him. He was always fun loving with an outgoing personality. We were all very upset when we received the news of his tragic death. As his instructor and a sworn peace officer, my dad took it hardest. To this day I will always remember Bob's engaging smile and great personality. Please rest in peace Bob. You passed much too soon. My best wishes to your brother Ralph who I hope is doing well and will see my acknowledgement of his brother.

Jeffrey A. Costa
Personal Friend

July 13, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.


Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 6, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Phillips. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

October 22, 2009

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 1, 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
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 21, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

January 6, 2007

Officer Phillips,

You died on the day my first child was born. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

My second child, a son, was also a police officer and gave his life up while on duty.

We will always remember our family in blue.

Linda Rittenhouse, Matt's Mom
Officer Matt Rittenhouse
E.O.W. 9/16/04

January 6, 2006

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

May God grant you eternal peace and bring comfort and peace to your loved ones.

January 6, 2005

I was born into the world on the same day that paid the ultimate price. And I am now the same age as you at the time of your homecoming. Your service is not forgotten and I will remember your sacrifice every day that I am on the road. I am a five year member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and honored to be your memory guard.

Anonymous

February 24, 2004

Rest in peace motorman.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

January 6, 2004

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