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Police Officer Robin G. Vogel | Decatur Police Department, Illinois Decatur Police Department, Illinois

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


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

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

Officer Vogel,
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..

OFC Crociata
GPD, Illinois
October 10, 2005

I pray for the family's peace.

Doug Etheridge
October 10, 2005

Robin, we love and miss you very much.

Decatur Police Department
October 10, 2005

God bless you for your services and my prayers go out to your family.
Lee & Jeannie
Protection Technology
PTI Investigations

Lee Griggs
Protection Technology-PTI Investigations
October 9, 2005

God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer Vogel. We are thinking of you.

mjw 643
October 9, 2005

God bless and protect the members of Decatur PD! This was a senseless loss and I pray that Officer Vogels family is strengthened by the pride and love they have for their daughter.Only the "few" of us have worn the badge and walked in the places she has walked.

Officer M.K. Gentry#90279
City of L.A. Airport PD
October 9, 2005


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