Robin G. VogelDecatur Police Department, Illinois
End of Watch: Monday, October 3, 2005
Reflections for Police Officer Robin G. Vogel
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
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.
Widow of Wayne Scott
Widow of Don Schultz
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.
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
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 Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
FiancÃ©e 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.
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.
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-3-14--04
October 25, 2005
DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE
OFFICERS SEND OUR CONDOLENCES. OUR
THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH OFFICER
VOGEL, HER FAMILY AND CO-WORKERS.
PO ERNEST G. PENN
DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE - BUFFALO, NEW YORK
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
Rest in peace sister.
May your son always know the sacrifices you made and that you were a true hero.
Officer Alicia Gunter
Gainesville PD Gainesville,GA
October 13, 2005
I was fortunate to be considered one of Robin's friends. She was a wonderful person and an incredibly dedicated police officer. I miss you terribly but am comforted to know that we have a guardian angel watching over us. Rest in peace dear friend. You will never be forgotten...just dearly missed.
Dara (former dispatcher SPD)
October 12, 2005
Unfortunately your family & I will always share something even though we don't know each other. Grieving on October 3rd every year. My first husband also died on that day...in the line of duty. I will keep your family in my prayers. It's a difficult road to walk and at times is a very lonely walk. God bless them - especially your child.
Survivor of Trooper Calvin Taylor
October 12, 2005
May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
May the rain fall gently upon your fields. Until we meet again;
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
My prayers are with you and your loved ones. Rest in Peace.
Ret. Sgt. AJC
October 12, 2005
I knew Robin since high school when she moved to our area with her family from the Chicago area. She had that big city accent, cool clothes, and was so outgoing right from the start. It was easy for her to make friends. As a shy person, I was drawn to her. Her mother and mine knew each other, and introduced us outside of school. There was never a dull moment with Robin! We became fast freinds. When I learned of her passing, so many memories and good times came flooding back. Too many to list, but I remember being obsessed with music with her as teens. We loved Duran Duran, and watching Friday Nite Videos before MTV came around. Many nights were spent with her family, sharing meals and laughter. Such wonderful people. Later as we grew older, she was the Maid of Honor at my wedding. We were there for each other through life's milestones, such as graduation and having children. We were both born on the same day in 1968. Even though we didn't get to see each other as we wanted to lately, we always remembered to send cards for our birthdays to each other and emailed back and forth. She worked nights and weekends, and I work days, so we didn't get much time to spend together. But when we did, it was like we picked up right where we left off. We even found time to go on a canoe trip once, and had a blast! She was extremely driven in her quest to become a police officer. I remember coming to visit her at work in Springfield when she was a dispacter, and I ended up getting lost. She had the police out looking for me! LOL! She was so proud when she was accepted into the police academy, and so was I. I remember visiting her, and as I was going to bed in the guest room, she was putting her uniform on and going to work. I was awestruck. She loved her job. It wasn't just a job to her. It was her life, besides the most important thing to her...her son. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. Independent, loving, thoughtful and giving, and she had a wicked sense of humor. I'll miss her so much; especially her laughter. To her parents, Bob and Marilyn and her sisters, Suzie and Cheryl, Mike....and mostly to her son, Alex, please know how many lives she touched in her short time here on Earth. In reading all these words of comfort from other people, I hope it is of some comfort to you. I never knew just how much she contributed as a police officer in Decatur, and how many lives she touched, until reading all these memorials. Robin wasn't the type to brag about anything, so it's understandable how there was a lot I didn't know. With much love and sympathy to her family,
October 12, 2005
Rest in peace, dear friend. Miss you.
October 11, 2005
If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go, Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always, Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own, And in time when men decide and feel safe to call the streets insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. We will se you in Elysium..
October 10, 2005
I pray for the family's peace.
October 10, 2005
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