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Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty

United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, June 2, 2005

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Reflections for Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty

Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty will never ever be forgotten. I truly thank him for his service to our nation as he was training to gain the necessary skills to deal with aviation type situations. Special Agent Hardesty is a hero. May God bless his family, and may his soul rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police

March 24, 2018

We are all thinking of you and your family on this day. We are grateful for your service to the FBI and this country. You're never forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Special Agent-in-Charge Diane Upchurch
FBI - Little Rock

June 2, 2017

I haven't been here for a long time to read reflections and it touched my heart to see that people still come back here to reflect on the great man that you were to so many. I know you see all of the girls' amazing accomplishments and are beaming with pride. You are missed terribly by all of us.

Toni Hardesty

March 13, 2017

Today myself and another Trooper were "policing" the site where an Indiana Trooper had been killed in 1999 on the Indiana Toll Road. We were preparing the area to install "Memorial Mile" road signs when we noticed a button with SA Hardesty's picture and date of death on it. Someone had laid the button alongside the Trooper's memorial stone. We were both extremely touched by the act and after saying a prayer we cleaned up the button and proudly placed it back on the stone. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. We never forget our fallen brothers and we won't forget yours. Rest in Peace SA Hardesty and may God comfort your family.

Sgt. Nora Werner
Indiana State Police

February 23, 2017

After 11.5 years, I think of you often, brother. We worked the al-Marri case together, and really enjoyed it. I hope all is well with your family, they're (still) in our thoughts and prayers.

S/A Eric O.

December 12, 2016

Your physical body is gone, but I believe your spirit watches over your family and the officers who have followed in your footsteps. Thank you, Sir, for your service then when you were here on this plane of existence and thank you still for your continued Service as you watch over officers currently in the line of duty everywhere.....

Pyrographer Rosanne Troncoso Corpus
Police and Military Images

June 3, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 2, 2015

I had the pleasure of working with "51" while he was at Porter County Sheriff's Department. He was then and will always be one of my favorite officers. I've thought of him many times over the years and will always say a special prayer for him and his family. RIP 51, until we meet again....

Christine Wilson
Former PCSP 911

October 30, 2013

Eight years ago today we were told the horrible news that would change our lives forever. We appreciate the eight days following this day so that we were able to slowly say our goodbyes to you. This year is hitting me extra hard with so many more changes. Our first born is graduated from high school last week and off to college across the country in just a few short months.....something you should have been here for. Missing you more than ever today and everday.

Toni Hardesty

May 25, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 7th anniversary year 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 15, 2012

I knew Rob from High School. He will be missed and was heart breaking that this happened to him. He was a good person and many of his classmates knew he would go far in life with what he wanted to do. Prayers always for his family.

Christopher Collins
Classmate; Portage High School, class of 83.

April 19, 2012

I met you nine years ago this month, while I was down from the Chicago FO working a CT case with you (and others) out of the Peoria RA. I still remember when I got the news about your tragic accident. Your untimely loss was devastating to all those who knew you, personally and professionally. You and your family will always be in our thoughts and prayers.

Former SA Eric Oller
FBI - Chicago, IL

December 19, 2011

....A bittersweet day today. It has brought a wave of pain remembering just how much we lost nearly 6 years ago. The actions of one man destroyed many lives....both directly and indirectly but we must remember that the action of one can also make a huge difference in the world for good...just as you did. I will never stop loving you or missing you. I am constantly reminded just how lucky I was when I met you 25 years ago and became your wife 19 years ago. You will always be our hero and will be missed every moment of every day.

Toni Hardesty
Surviving Spouse, FBI SA Rob Hardesty (EOW 6/2/05)

May 2, 2011

Uncle Rob my friends 3 year ann. of his death was just the other day, and while I've been having a hard time dealing with that it always leads me back to you! I think about you often and I will continue to daily until I see you again! I can't wait till that day comes! I admire Aunt Toni, Sydney and Car for their strength! I know you are proud of all of them as are we all! I love you and miss you so much! Keep that crazy friend of mine in line up there please :)


March 1, 2010


Life is difficult without you here. I miss you and Love you very much. "Go Cowboys"

Milligan "Biscuit"

David Milligan

February 25, 2010

You will never be forgotten Rob...
Your 3 girls will always be in our prayers.


June 8, 2009

I just wanted to let your family and friends know that there are many out there who know the pain that you feel today. My brother Roger was killed 4 years ago today on June 2nd. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many folks who care. I pray that God will bless you with many precious happy memories to help fill your heart "especially today".

Judy Coleman
Sister of Roger Lynch

June 3, 2009

To Special Agent Robert Russell Hardesty, his family and his fellow officers with the United States Department of Justice - Federal Bureau of Investigation:

Our heartfelt thoughts are with you on the anniversary of Special Agent Hardesty’s tragic death and we honor him for his valor and sacrifice to the community. Rest in Peace, Special Agent Hardesty and thank you for your service.

Wives Behind The Badge, Inc.
Members and Staff

June 2, 2009

Thinking of you on the eve of your EOW. You are missed brother and will never be forgotten. #33

Steve Ford
Porter County Sheriff's Dept.

June 1, 2009


I thought of your sacrifice & looked down to see your EOW approaching. I thought of your family, their loss, & how things will move forward, but never be the same. I wish for their healing & then the protection of those protecting.

Sr. Security Specialist J B Hamblin
FedEx Security/Seymour (IN) PD 88-04

May 29, 2009

You will not be forgotten, Rob. Thank you for your service. My prayers are with the Hardesty family.

Special Agent

March 18, 2009

Reflecting This Day...
Always Missed, Always Remembered, Never Forgotten.
Gods Blessings on You and Your Family!


June 2, 2008

Rob and Family,

We remember all of you today on this 3rd anniversary of your EOW. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice, you are a hero and will not be forgotten.

Craig Figgins
Brother - Sgt Dan Figgins EOW 4/9/05

June 2, 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
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

March 20, 2008

Perhaps I didn't know Rob as well as many others who have posted before me, or those who will post after me. I saw Rob only at family events, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, but never took the time to get to know him well. I was very "familiar" with him, but didn't "know" him. Perhaps that is why I am posting today, due to a regret of mine, because I had the chance to know him, but never took the opportunity.

Today for no apparent reason to me, I happened to stumble onto this website. After reading many of his friends' and loved ones' posts, I realize that he truly was a fascinating person who left an impact on all the lives that he touched while he was alive. What I'm now realizing is that in his absence his impact continues. There is a regret in my soul for not taking the time "knowing" him in life, but I am learning much of his life and actions in his death. I'm learning what a great person he was to know in life and I'm sure that he will continue to leave a positive impact on those he touches through death.

I'm sure that everyone that steps through the doors of the FBI building in Bloomington who takes the time to find out who Rob Hardesty was will be positively impacted and blessed as well. Isn't that what life here on earth is all about, leaving a "legacy," an example of how to live a life that others would be proud to call their own? I would be extremely proud to leave a "legacy" like that of Rob Hardesty. I'm just sorry I am realizing this now.

See you on the other side.


February 15, 2008

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