Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robin G. Vogel

Decatur Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Monday, October 3, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Robin G. Vogel

Robin -
You always called me your bestest sister friend and that is truly what you were to me - my sister of the heart. I look daily at the dancing angels you gave me last Christmas with both our names on them, and know that you truly are an angel watching over me.

Life isn't the same without you little cop girl - but we go on - with less laughter and joy in our lives now that you're gone, but we cling to each other when times get bad.

To those who didn't know you, you were a bright star who touched alot of lives. You were a dedicated police officer who strived to prove herself daily and succeeded. You were respected and admired by your friends and peers and everyone you encountered in the course of your job - even some of the "bad guys" who "loving" referred to you as "the bi*&^ with the ponytail." Yep, some of them were in the lines paying their respects to you.

Please promise you aren't trying to sing in the celestial chorus - even with the help of Marguarita's you couldn't carry a tune.Thank you for the love and friendship you gave me - I miss you.

Your bestest sister friend always...

Carol - friend

February 10, 2006

There isn't a day go by that I don't think of you and miss you. The girls are still saddened by you leaving but know that you are in a much better place.
There are so many "I wish" that I think of when I think of you.
Thank you for watching over Steve and Shannon during their recent ordeals. It has been a rough year on Decatur's Finest.
I still have to fight back tears when I think of you or when the girls talk about how they miss you. I am trying to remain strong but it is so hard.
Thank you for being my friend!!
Love and miss you always!


Jen Landrus

February 8, 2006

Dear Robin,
I've sat here many nights thinking you're not really gone. I always thought you'd be just down the road a ways. I'll never forget your laugh or the tears in your eyes you didn't want to show from "that call". I was always comforted knowing S.C. had a backup. I'll never be able to go camping again without thinking of you! Thank you for the laughs and I was proud to know you. God bless you Robin and God bless Alex.

Friend and former SPD dispatch

February 7, 2006

I was down on my luck today, looking for something to do. I just got off the phone with my dear aunt, who has scheduled my family and I to go down to Washington D.C. during National Police Week. I turned to the internet, to research the events that would be held during my stay in Washington that week. After skimming through the articles, I wanted to perform a search for my mother. And today is the day I stumbled upon this sight. I was emotionally overwhelmed when looking at other officers with such young children. Then, after looking at about 50 officers, i scrolled down to my mother, Officer Robin G. Vogel. I read the reflections that everyone had left behind, and couldn't believe it. I just wanted to say thanx to everyone, and sorry to everyone. I knew my mother was a key part of so many people, but not of this proportion. I recommend leaving a reflection for everyone to read, I hope to check in here everyday. Again, Thank You everyone, your support is greatly appreciated.
P.S. I love you Robin


February 7, 2006

Not a day goes by that we don't miss you and think of you. Softball is just around the corner and we're still one short. This year we are going to be the "Big Guns Trauma Squad" in your honor. It's been hard not seeing you out on the streets even though we know you are still here. We carry your memory with us wherever we go. Until we meet again, Charlie's Angels Live on!
Miss you, Robin!

Sgt. Jennifer Sharp
Auxiliary - Decatur Police Department

February 5, 2006

Well it's me again. I can't stop thinking about you. I miss you so much! I want you to know that I'm making sure Alex is taken care of and he's doing alright. Love you always!!

Suzie Brown

January 25, 2006

Happy New Year, Robin. I think of you every day. I miss you more than words can say. Love you always!!

Suzie Brown

January 2, 2006

Robin words cannot reflect the loss that we have felt as a shift since you left this world. I had the honor to work with Robin for the past three and a half years on thirds and I knew here previously for about four years. I was an aux. officer for DPD and Robin was always nice to me then even though I wore the light blue shirt.

Once I got hired on Robin was sorta of a mentor for me, when I would have a bad day in FTO she would always take me aside and assure me that every thing was going to be fine. It was so nice to have her support during a time when I did not have the confidence in me that she had for me. Robin I just want you to know that there is not a third shift that is worked that you are not thought about by most if not all of us and you will never be forgotten that is for sure.

I am so proud to call you a friend of mine and I want to thank you for being the great friend/officer/mother you are and will always be.

Patrol Officer L. Brooks
Decatur Police Department

December 21, 2005

I had the pleasure of working with Robin for five years and getting to know her outside of work for almost six years. My husband, Shawn, has worked for the Decatur Police Department for over eight years and worked on 3rd shift with Robin for the past three years.

Robin was a beautiful person inside and out and she touched everyone's heart, who knew her. I can't think of a single time spent with her, that she did not have a smile on her face. There was never a dull moment with Robin, inside or outside of work.

I especially remember the night we attempted to karaoke "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"!! We were so off key and we didn't have any of the words even remotely close, but we had fun doing it!

Robin, you will be greatly missed at the softball tourney's, at work and everywhere that you went! I know so many people love you and wish they could have just one more day with you, so that we could all tell you how special you were to all of us and the community. I only wish that you could have seen the appreciation that everyone showed you the day of your funeral. It was unbelievable!

You were very good at your job and I knew, that if you were ever to be Shawn's back up in a call, I knew he was safe, cause you were definitely one too kick some arse and take names later! No matter what the circumstance might have been. You were always one to jump in and help out anyone!

Thanks for all the smiles and good times that you shared with all of us! You are greatly missed and there's not a day that goes by that I don't think about you! Bowsher made a CD with pictures of your funeral service with the song, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" by Greenday and it is amazing. He did a great job and you would be so flattered to know all his hard work and time was for you, lil cop girl! I have it downloaded to my computer and everyday I watch it, at some point in time. Madeline is even hooked on it and she tries to explain to MaKenna, that you were the cop that worked with daddy that got hurt one night! :(

The night of your visitation, Hags gave a St. Michael to every DPD Officer, that was a replica of yours. I just want you to know, that it has most definitely come in handy. He got into a confrontation at work last week and a man tried to take his life. I know that God and you were watching over him, because he was able to walk out alive! Thank you Robin, for watching over our friend! You were once in our lives, but forever in our hearts! May God be with your family, friends and especially Alex. He is beautiful inside and out, just like you! You did a phenomenal job raising him!

I found a Christmas poem that I would like to share, because I feel that this is what you would say!

Take care "Lil Cop Girl"!! We love and miss you always! Be sure to check in on us once in awhile! Rest in peace sweetheart! :)


Lil Guenther :)~

Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees around the world below, with tiny lights like heaven's stars reflecting on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular please wipe away that tear, for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I hear the many Christmas songs that people hold so dear, but the sounds of music can't compare with the Christmas choir up here.

I have no words to tell you of the joy their voices bring, for it is beyond description to hear the angels sing.

I know how much you miss me, I see the pain inside your heart, for I am spending Christmas with Jesus Christ this year.

I can't tell you of the splendor or the peace here in this place, can you just imagine Christmas with our Savior face to face?

I'll ask him to lift your spirit as I tell him of your love, so then pray for one another as you lift your eyes above.

Please let your hearts be joyful and let your spirit sing, for I am spending Christmas in heaven and I'm walking with the King.

Rachel Guenther/Correctional Officer
Macon County Sheriff's Department

December 4, 2005

Thank you very much for your service.

A previous Decatur resident.

December 2, 2005

God bless Officer Vogel and her family. Today I participated in a burial for a young soldier, killed in Iraq whose father was a retired state trooper, and the outpouring of support from the law enforcement community was inspiring. Thanks and Godspeed to Officer Vogel ane all our law enforcement officers who protect our communities from the atrocities of drunk drivers.

COL Tom Kolditz
US Army

December 1, 2005

We are so sorry to here about your tragic loss of a loved one in law enforcement. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you in support. As we personally know, sometimes there is little comfort that comes from words. Keep focused as you can on the memories and joyous times for these things may bring you comfort. Rely heavily on family, friends, and other law enforcement. Honor your fallen loved one, for their sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Alissa Scott
Widow of Wayne Scott
E.O.W. 09-10-02

Lisa Schultz
Widow of Don Schultz
E.O.W. 05-12-03

Co-Founders of Survivor Help Network

November 28, 2005

I had the opportunity to work with Robin when I was a dispatcher for the Springfield Police Department. Robin you will be missed I have never forgotten about our good times. She wa a hard worker and a compasionate person. Rest in peace my dear friend.

Suzie McCollor
Hennepin County Sheriif;s Department

November 27, 2005

On 10/07/05 Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05 remembered Officer Robin Vogel and dedicated our training day to her.

You are not forgotten.

Boston Police Academy RTG 42-05

November 22, 2005

I have decorated the outside of my home entirely with blue lights. One of those lights will be lit in your honor every night from now up until New Years. It is my way of saying that you have not been forgotten. I know what your family is going through right now as I lost my son exactly the way your were lost. Innocent officers, doing their duty and then killed by someone with no regard for the law or others. Our solace was the other person also died so we did not have to face the trial process and then the sentencing which is many cases does not fit the crime. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

November 20, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in SE Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Robin did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Robin be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Officer Vogel's family, friends, and co-workers are going through in losing her. My heart goes out to you all. No one can truly understand the pain of loss until they've walked in our shoes. Please know that my thoughts are with you and that you are not alone in your "journey". Should you ever need anything please do not hesitate to contact me. (The Davis County Sheriff's Office and COPS will also always know how to reach me.)

As a fallen officer "survivor" and a friend, please accept my condolences on behalf of myself and the McElderry family. I never got the opportunity to know Robin but, I am certain she was well respected and well loved. Robin will live on in the hearts of all the lives she touched. You were all blessed to have been able to know and love Robin, even for a short time. I pray that Robin, Dennis, and all the other fallen officers will continue to watch over us all as only they can.

Thank you Officer Vogel for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you and all those who loved you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

November 11, 2005

Thank you for your service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

November 7, 2005

God be with you and your family. Rest easy.

Officer Brashear
Mannford P.D.

October 31, 2005

Thank You for your service. You are in my prayers during this difficult time.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

October 29, 2005

My family would like to extend our deepest heart felt sympathies to the family, friends, and fellow co-workers of P.O. Robin Vogel. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We would like to let law enforcement officers everywhere know how much we appreciate them for putting their lives on the line everyday doing their jobs to keep their communities safe. May God watch over and protect each & everyone of you!

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2-16-04

October 26, 2005

Heaven has another HERO tonight.May GOD bless your family and friends at this terrible time. Rest in peace.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-3-14--04

October 25, 2005




October 22, 2005

To Officer Vogel's family: I am very sorry for the loss you have suffered. Robin was an aquaintance of mine and I have always looked up to her. I have done a few ride-a-longs with the Decatur Police Department and there were a few times when she would back up the officer I was with. I always thought it would be so cool to ride with her and to just get some advice from her. I plan on becoming a patrol officer someday and I have thought it would be awsome to be as good at my job as she was at hers. God Bless, and my prayers are with you.

Law Enforcement Student, Katie Carpenter

October 20, 2005

My deepest sympathies to your son, family, and department. Rest in peace.

Deputy N. Antoniou
San Jacinto County Precinct 2

October 18, 2005

What a terrible tragedy for Officer Vogel's family and colleagues. The thin blue line is stretched a little thinner with her passing. My prayers are with you all. Godspeed, Robin.

Officer Donna C. Wright
Purdue University Calumet PD - Hammond, IN

October 16, 2005

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