Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert Franklin Pyles, Sr.

Maryland Toll Facilities Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, September 27, 1986

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Reflections for Officer Robert Franklin Pyles, Sr.

Know that we are ok down here. Please watch over your children, grandchildren and now great grandchildren and keep us safe. We miss and love you.


April 21, 2021

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 27, 2020

I saw a link today on Facebook, and so it brought me to my uncles database search. I never really got to know my uncle, as my father and him had a strained relationship, although during his final days, my father apologized to Bob.

This was a senseless act, he probably would have never called in the van tags to find it stolen.

I was proud to know that my Uncle Bob died in what he wanted to do, be a safety officer.

Kenny Pyles

December 9, 2011

I was reading the record today I was only 4 when this all happened to you. I just wanted to say thank you for your service.

PCO Brandi Eaton
Aberdeen Police Deparment

September 16, 2011

"The Badge"
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.
Written By:
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

November 7, 2007

You will never be forgotten. Continue to watch over your law enforcement brethren from above and rest in peace always.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 27, 2007

Two of my co-workers and I were talking about your situation last week. You have not been forgotten. With Christmas just around the corner and how the holidays can make your loss even harder, continue to keep looking down on your family and friends.

December 5, 2006

We remember... we will always remember

Maryland Citizen

September 27, 2006

Officer Pyles, your kind act to a stranded motorist did not go unrewarded. Sadly, that reward was in Heaven and the stranded motorist was something most people would scrape off their shoe. You did the right thing in your actions and you showed compassion, not only for the ‘motorist’ but for everyone using the bridge that day. You truly are a hero.

God Bless you and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 27, 2006

Twenty years ago today we tragically lost you. Thank you for your bravery and service.

Cpl/1 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police

September 27, 2006

I am sorry to say that another one of our brothers is coming your way. May you, George, Jackie, Duke and Grant Look after Corporal Kraus and help him watch over us as we take care of your loved ones.

Lt. Mark Henry #0388
MD Transportation Authority Police

September 5, 2006

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

August 10, 2006

To the family and friends of Officer Robert Pyles and fellow officers in the Maryland Toll Facilities Police Dept, and most especially to Officer Pyles:

Today has been nineteen years and one day since the brutal murder of Officer Pyles. His valor and bravery will never be forgotten. His memory is being honored and revered today.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Officer Pyles gave to his community and the citizens of Maryland, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 27, 1986.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

September 28, 2005

A hero to us all, thank you Officer Pyles.

a cop who cares

August 28, 2005

Rest in Peace, Brother. Your service and sacrifice will never be forgotten. Through your attempt to help a citizen, you were called Home to serve as a warrior of justice from Above. You lived your life in service to mankind and have been honored by being called to Paradise. May all who knew you find solace in knowing that you are a hero to all, even us who were not priveleged to know you.

Woodbridge CT PD

February 4, 2005

Officer Pyles,

On the day my husband passed away, my niece’s little cousin Josh didn’t believe Duke was dead. He told his family that he saw Duke walk out of the hospital doors with three police officers. When Duke got to the doors, he turned back and smiled at Josh. It is believed that you are one of the three officers that was with Duke. Thank you for the piece of mind knowing that Duke was not alone on his journey to Heaven.

Jennifer R. Aaron
Wife of Ofc. Duke G. Aaron, III, EOW 07/20/04

November 24, 2004

On the anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service and salute you for your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 27, 2004

Sleep well sir, you will not be forgotten.

Deputy Sheriff
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.

August 22, 2004

Pyles,I am sorry to say that another one of our brothers is coming your way. Look after Corporal Aaron and help him watch over us as we take care of your loved ones. Even tho our agency name has changed, you are not forgotten

Sergeant mark Henry #0388
Maryland Transportation Authority Police

July 24, 2004


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 sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Officer Pyles.

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

May 27, 2004

Rest easy, brother. You are not forgotten. Thank you for your service and may your killer receive true justice through Him.

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

September 7, 2003

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