Reflections for Trooper Robert G. Dunning
Rest in Peace Bobby.....I was thinking of you today.
N. Y. S. Dept. of Corrections
May 10, 2013
Your father "Herk" will also will always be remembered also.
March 27, 2013
Too this day there is a sign my father made many many years ago reading - Least we Forget Trooper Robert Dunning facing the road on our property in LaGrangeville NY. Just wanted to let you know Bob will always be remembered.
March 15, 2013
I've never seen anyone more adored than my Uncle Bob. My father loved him and missed him everyday of his life. I know that he was his motivation and his hero.
When my father passed some of the only comfort I found was that he was with Bob.
Being a trooper was in their blood and they loved what they did. It was truly their identity.
niece, daughter of Capt. Bruce Dunning
December 22, 2012
To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 25th 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.
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05
November 20, 2012
Always think about you Bob
SI Craig Baldwin
NYSP Troop K Friend
June 27, 2012
Rest in Peace
widow of Tpr T.L. Pryme NYSP
widow of Tpr T. L. Pryme NYSP
June 20, 2012
I remember Bob as well. Yes, "Bobby Good Guy!" That was his handle. He and my father were good friends for many many years. Hunting, fishing, cook-outs and such. Great sense of humor!
Sgt. C. Centanni, retired
N. Y. S. Dept. of Corrections Green Haven C. F.
June 14, 2012
I worked with Bob for a number of years.I loved working with the man,his sense of humor made the time go by so quickly :)
He was a good trooper,and if you asked any of the other troopers who they would like to have backing them up,"Bobby good Guy" would be at the top of their list.I will miss always.
Norman Johnson-Retired Com Spec
New York State Police
June 19, 2011
As a civilian at Troop K hqtrs, I always enjoyed chatting with Bob when he was working the desk at Troop.
He made us all smile with his great sense of humor.
As I headed off to the Academy in March 87, Bob would often call me his favorite 'Trooperette'. I was in the Academy when I heard what happened and was struck with grief. I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to know Bob and for the sacrifice that he made (as well as his family). I still smile when thinking of him. Surely, he his bringing joy in heaven! God Bless!
NYSP, retired Investigator
September 24, 2009
I worked with Bob at Headquarters. I was a civilian employee and hired in 1980. Bob was the most knowledeable
man I knew. He knew about many sujects. He loved collecting
mushrooms and when he worked the A line and I would come
into work in the morning he was always a pleasure to have
greet you and always witha joke. My friend and I used to play games sometimes to break up the day. One was we would
name a trooper and investigator we would want to be there to assist if we needed a law enforcement person and be both
chose Bob. He was the ultimate Trooper and as many said always had a joke but was also a good, good person, who we all miss.
June 14, 2009
I said a little prayer today for Trooper Dunning and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.
June 12, 2009
To Bob's children,
I grew up with your Dad,I was friends with your grandparents
and great grandparents, uncles and great uncles. His tragic death was a shock to all. I can't believe it has been over 20 yrs. God bless you where ever you are.
March 16, 2009
Bob and I started college together attending Pace University for two years. We attended the same classes together and because we had both been in the service prior to college we were several years older than the other students and connected.I quickly recognized that he had a superior intellect, the fastest mind I had ever met. We too socialized at the Valhalla watering hole "The Cabin" where I was introduced to his friends Jim Brosemer, Sandy McMath Ron Lorenz and Don Alstrand. Without reservation I can honestly say that Bob was the funniest guy I have ever met and good fun. I have seen him in many social situation and he always turned out to be the life of the party. We also enjoyed many hours of hunting in upstate New York. I miss him to this day.
June 26, 2008
I knew your Dad in high school and through early college. We, and four other buds, used to hang out during the summer at Westwood pool in Thornwood. Bob, Sandy McMath(deceased), Ron Lorenz,Don Ahlstrand (US Navy (ret.)and brother Frank used to frequent "The Cabin", a watering hole in Elmsford. Your Dad was one of the funniest friends I ever knew..and had great stories about his exploits in Japan while he was in the navy. I don't believe I ever knew you but I remember Bob had a son born in the early "60's while I was still in college in Miami. Bob was a good friend and loved his career in law enforcement. You should be proud!
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June 16, 2008
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.
David L. Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
December 20, 2007
I never knew the man, I just live near the bridge recently named in his honor and looked him up to see who he was. Now I will think of him and his family when I cross it. I hope you're getting on alright.
September 14, 2005
Died doing the job he loved. We miss you Dad. Proud to be your son.
Would like to here from anyone who new my father at email address above?
Scott Clerance Dunning
July 31, 2005
Rest in peace Borther Robert, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.
Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73
Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla
January 22, 2004
Rest in peace.
Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Department
A GOOD TROOPER, A GOOD FRIEND, A GOOD MAN. WHAT MORE CAN BE SAID ...
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