Robert E. MayoDickson County Sheriff's Office, Tennessee
End of Watch: Tuesday, October 18, 1977
Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Robert E. Mayo
Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-second anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to your community as a deputy and to your country for your service in Vietnam. 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.
Rest In Peace.
To your family: I understand the meaning of lives forever altered and know that when you lose someone so precious to you that the pain never goes away...the pain and the pride is forever. I pray for your solace.
October 18, 2009
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
January 29, 2008
You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service
October 16, 2007
I served under 1st Sargeant Robert Mayo in Viet Nam from 1968-1969. "Top" was the finest man I have ever known, next to my grandfather. Top was a strict disciplinarian but very fair. One day, he gave me an Alpha Charlie for doing something really stupid, and he said to me, "Bartlett, of all people, I am really surprised that you did what you did." He gave me extra duty-bunker duty, the worst assignement that a soldier could have. The very next day, he walked up to me and ask me how I was doing. I was still very pissed at what he said to me, but I answered him. He smiled and then gave me a bottle of Jack Daniel's and shook my hand. That was Top. Always the consumate soldier and a great leader.
I love you Top and I miss you. I was so saddened to hear of your early departure from life, but your memory lives on. I have told many stories of you to my children. My youngest daughter, 10 years old, refers to you as "mayonaise." She thought your last name was funny.
Thanks for the great lessons you taught me as a 19 year old serving in a combat unit. Thank you for the kind words (remain anoyomous) the night before I went to Quan Loi. They resonate with me often throughout my life and yea, you were right.
Charles Bartlett, Spec 4
Pacific Southwest Development Company, LLC
April 12, 2006
I had the honor of serving as an officer in the 552nd MP Company in Viet Nam with Top. What a great man. He was an inspiration to all who served with him and truly admired by the officers in the company. I was so sorry when I learned of his passing. The world needs more people like Top.
Leo Deas, III
ex Army officer
April 12, 2006
Bob Mayo and I served in Vietnam together, where I was his operation Sgt.in the 552nd Military Police Company. His leadership was well taken by all and he is being missed dearly by all that served under him. God Bless you Bob and I will miss you buddy.
Harry Battle, Retired LT
April 11, 2006
On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.
A hero never dies....
Rest in peace, hero.
October 18, 2004
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