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Policeman Robert J. Cote | Los Angeles Police Department, California Los Angeles Police Department, California

Policeman

Robert J. Cote

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, July 31, 1969
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Reflections for Policeman Robert J. Cote

 

I wish I would have had the opportunity to have gotten to know you, from what I have read you were a good man, may you rest in peace Uncle Robert. Maybe I can have the chance to meet the rest of the family some day. For the other family members please feel free to contact me at 310-995-6130

Jeff W. Cote Sr.
Nephew
September 11, 2014

Twenty three years old. He was just a kid, although serving in Vietnam and being an LAPD officer, even for just a short time, this young man probably saw more and did more than most people ever will in their entire life time. RIP brother. It is obvious from all of these reflections from your family, friends and co-workers that you were loved and respected. You definitely left your mark on this world and have been in a better place since where you remain forever young.

Sergeant
A Massachusetts Police Agency
August 2, 2014

Love & miss u sooooo much sister caroll I will see u some day.

Sister
Sister
March 3, 2013

Bobby was my baby brother and I loved him very much and miss him . Very much.
Rest in my my baby brother

Irene Cote Runyon
Sister
February 8, 2013

I am the oldest sister of Bob I and my husband and brothers and other members of our family have attended many memorials at Hollywood Station and LAPD HQRTS and other sites. We still miss him and will never forget.

Alice M Lowe
Oldest sister
February 8, 2013

Thank you for this information I am LEO J COTE" Jr Brother of Robert I am also very proud of him he was my baby Brother

Family
Brother
February 7, 2013

I was one of the officers who responded to the call at the Woolworths, and saw Bob lying in front of the store. Tony Diaz and I responded to the back of the store and confronted suspect Mayberry as he tried to escape with the hostage. I am honored to have brought this armed vicious criminal to justice. I think of Bob often; have a picture of his name etched in the Police Officers Memorial in Washington DC, and honor him with a silent prayer every year on July 31.

Bert Graves Sgt (ret'd)
LAPD #11743
November 27, 2012

RIP Sir

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)
July 31, 2012

Rest in Peace, Policeman Cote. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169
January 14, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 41rst anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state. 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.

I am sure that you are proud that your son continues your legacy of protecting and serving.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllils Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 31, 2010

Policeman Cote - I ended up writing an article about all Hollywood Officers killed in the line-of-duty. I re-visited the scene of your incident. You should know that your death changed the way things were done in regards to wounded police officers and firefighter. The old system of a police/fire ambulance being dispatched from the old City-operated Central Receiving Hospital (located where the new LAPD Rampart Station now sits) city-wide to handle injured/wounded PD and FD personnel was stopped. Injured cops and firefighter were now taken by ambulance to the nearest E/R for critical care. Others have lived as a result of your passing. Thanks for your service to the people of Los Angeles. Your star is out in front of the Hollywood Station. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer Lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)
April 13, 2010

Robert and I were classmates at the LAPD Police Academy and we kept in touch after graduation; rest in peace brother you are not forgotten.

Former Officer LAPD DrPaul Blake (Monty)
LAPD Classate Class 4/68
May 20, 2009

PM Cote:

Of course today, I shared the story of that fateful day with some of the less - tenured personnel.

May You Rest - In - Peace.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
July 31, 2008

You are not forgotten ! I will be on the phone, bugging John today, regarding memories of You.. Now that he is retired, somebody has to keep a fire under his bum.


Rest-In-Peace, Bro !

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
July 31, 2007

In July 1969, Bob and I worked Hollywood Division and we were the only Viet Nam veterans there . He had been in the Army and I had been in the Marine Corps. We talked about the war a few times and we became close friends. I responded to the shooting call on the morning that Bob was killed. Two suspects had robbed the Woolworths department store and Bob was the first at the scene. He engaged one suspect in a shootout and Bob was wounded. The shooting suspect took a hostage. The second suspect was captured by responding officers. The shooter confronted Officers behind the store and used the hostage as a shield. He was killed by police gunfire.

I was a pallbearer at Bob's funeral and it was an honor to do so. Over the years I have gone to Bob's grave site and paid my respects. In 1999, on the 30th annuversary of his death, I found out that Bob's son was a Police Officer in Orange County, California. I contacted Bob Cote Jr. and invited him and his wife and young son to the service. They accepted and we have been close friends over the years. It was an honor to meet Bob's family. His son honored me with his presence at my retirement. I will always remember Bob and his family.

John E. Miller Retired LAPD

Retired Detective
Los Angeles Police Department
May 29, 2007

On 10/06/2006, several dozen from within the USMC/LAPD Family met to watch John Miller retire. No one on LAPD has done more to keep Your memory alive!

It was truly a humbling experience being in the room with Marines who had served with the infamous "Walking Dead" (1stBn9thMar) during the Vietnam Conflict (including a Navy Cross recipent). There were many true LAPD "legends" in the room.

Today, the term "Hero" is bantered when many are not deserving of such a title. But there were many "True Heroes" in that room who came to share their memories of John Miller and to remind others never to forget the sacrifices that have been made by those such as You!

A special dedication to Your memory was made, and Your son (Cypress P.D.) was there as well.

Semper Fi,
M. B. P.

Maj M. B. Parlor
USMC / LAPD
October 9, 2006

I recently learned, and felt it was appropriate to formally mention here, that Ofc Cote earned a posthumous Medal of Valor for this incident, the LAPD's highest award for heroism.

Ofc Ken Haney
Jackson TN P.D.
January 22, 2006

I was in academy training, Class 3/69, when I was assigned to Hollywood Division on my "weekend assignment." Robert was my assinged training officer on Saturday's P.M. Watch. That Monday morning while back in class at the academy, Instructor Terry Spears anounced that Bob had been shot and killed. Like Officer Gary Brutch's reflection above, Bob was a pleasant young man. Not since the death and funeral of Chief William Parker had there been that many police officers and police vehicles in caravan funeral procession.
Rest in peace Bob.

Tom Cooper, former L.A.P.D.

Former Officer
L.A.P.D
December 18, 2005

I was in the L.A. Police Academy when Robert was killed. Our entire class (5/69) went to Robert's funeral to honor him. Although I didn't know Robert, I have met his son Robert, who is now a Sergeant with the Cypress, CA Police Department. Robert senior would be very proud of his son. Rest in peace Robert.

Ken Welty, Lieutenant, Retired
Los Angeles Police Department
December 2, 2005



I was a young patrol officer assigned to work with Robert. On this particular day I was at the police station completing reports. Robert was a cheerful hard working individual. His family should be proud of his dedication to duty.

Gary Brutsch
L.A>P.D. retired
November 23, 2005

I did not know Officer Cote but he was a cousin of my wife Loriann. I am a cop myself and have been in a shootout in which we lost an officer. I know Ofc Cote died bravely, doing his job, stopping the bad guys. He was also a member of the best police department in the world. Rest in peace, Ofc Cote.

Officer Ken Haney
Jackson TN P.D.
July 10, 2005

Bob, Always in our hearts and in our prayers w/Love

Al & L.M.R.
July 4, 2004

05/03/04

Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrafice. You died a hero. Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.
May 4, 2004

Rest easy, brother. You are not forgotten, nor is your heroism. God bless.

Deputy M. Moore
Warren County S.O. (OH)

Rest in Peace Brother....You are not forgotten.


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