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Patrolman Garner M. Robertson, Jr.

Valley View Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, July 8, 1956

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Reflections for Patrolman Garner M. Robertson, Jr.

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Garner M. Robertson, Jr. of the Valley View Police Department, Ohio and the additional 67 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 8, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

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

July 8, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Robertson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 20, 2020

August 8 2019

Fallen Valley View Ohio Police Officer is remembered 63 years after he was killed in the line of duty

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The daughter of a Valley View police officer has never forgotten her father’s sacrifice and honored him with a donation that might one day save the life of another law enforcement officer.

According to a social media post on the Richmond Heights Police Department Facebook page Mrs. Doris Robertson, 82, wrote a $200 check for the K-9 fundraising effort.

Robertson’s father was Garner M. Robertson, killed in the line of duty on July 8, 1956 while responding to a domestic call.

Robertson wrote in a typed letter that the donation was “to honor my Dad and also hope a smart well trained dog might save the life of one of your police officers.”

“What a beautiful tribute to Mrs. Robertson’s hero father,” one person wrote.

According to his daughter, Robertson, 45, had been hired to work part-time on the weekend for $1.50 an hour for the Valley View Police Department.

The Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society provided a description of the events that led to his death.

On Saturday, July 5, 1956 an ex-convict, Norman Walker, had taken a woman hostage and was parked on Brookside Road.

Patrolman Robertson and his partner found the stopped vehicle.

Garner Robertson approached the car and was gunned down.

Walker escaped during the chaos and the search for him became one of the “most intensive manhunts in Cuyahoga County history."

Police from 20 suburbs, and a 200 man posse searched until they found Walker who surrendered to police.

Robertson’s name is displayed on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C.

Retired Police Officer
New York Police Department

August 9, 2019

Officer Robertsons end of watch occurred before my start of service in 1967. I heard from older officers about his untimely death. I also served with several officers that wittnesed the excution of his killer. Over the years, on patrol, I drove by the scene of Officer Robertsons fatal shooting. Each time I stopped and reflected on his corageous service and his sacrafice. I will always remember officer Robertson and pray that he rests in peace. I also pray for his family and those who knew and loved him. I believe that God needed a good police officer and called officer Robertson to a higher service.

August 26, 2018

Patrolman Retired
Independence Police Department

August 26, 2018

Officer Robertsons end of watch occurred before my start of service in 1967. I heard from older officers about his untimely death. I also served with several officers that wittnesed the excution of his killer. Over the years, on patrol, I drove by the scene of Officer Robertsons fatal shooting. Each time I stopped and reflected on his corageous service and his sacrafice. I will always remember officer Robertson and pray that he rests in peace. I also pray for his family and those who knew and loved him. I believe that God needed a good police officer and called officer Robertson to a higher service.

Patrolman Retired
Independence Police Department

August 26, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Garner M. Robertson, Jr. of the Valley View Police Department, Ohio and the additional 66 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 9, 2018

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

July 15, 2015

IN HONORE CASORUM
The promise; Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

July 8, 2015

I was only 7 yrs old when you were taken from you family My Grandmother was good friends with your wife Georgia & because of that I grew up knowing the sad story of your loss We think of you often & you are in our prayers always The loss of a policeman is terrible & made worse when it touches so close to home you may be gone from us but you will never be forgotten. We thank you for your service & sacrifice.

Ellen Black
g-daughter of family friend

August 29, 2014

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 57th 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

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) Officer Larry Lasater

January 1, 2013

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

October 7, 2008

Garner M. Robertson Jr. thank you for serving and protecting us from danger. Please watch over us all. You will never be forgotten

March 3, 2004

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