Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Arthur James Robertson

Ellis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Monday, February 15, 1971

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Arthur James Robertson

My name is Gary Gibson. I am a retired DEA Agent from Dallas. Texas. It was my privilege to assist in the apprehension of the subjects that murdered the Deputies on Feb, 15 1971.

Gary L Gibson

March 2, 2021

On this 50th anniversary of your heroic death please 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)

February 15, 2021

Deputy Sheriff Robertson,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Ellis County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

February 15, 2021

Rest in Peace Deputies Reese, Infante, and Robertson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice. I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the flesh of your murderers.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston,TX

February 15, 2016

Mr. A.J., that horrible day should never have happened. You were such a good man, and a close friend to my Dad. He told me about how y'all grew up together.. He was so proud to call you his friend. I know you and him are now having a good time together up in Heaven... You were and are still deeply missed.. Sharon Lisman Baxter

Sharon Lisman Baxter

February 22, 2014

I knew A. J. Robertson personally because I worked at the Ellis County Courthouse for 5 years in the office next to his. A. J. was one of the finest men and law enforcement officers I have ever known to this day. My heart has remained broken over the loss of this fine man. The tragedy of it all shocked our community and broke our hearts. I still have the news articles and always will. A. J. and my father were friends and we were all very lucky to know him.

Karon Petty Casey
Friend - Civilian

December 30, 2013

Uncle AJ you are fondly remembered and your sacrifice will never be forgotten. I know you rest in peace and look forward to our eventual heavenly reunion.

With love from your nephew, Jim Robertson.

Captain Jim Robertson
Placentia PD

June 8, 2012

The death of three law enforcment officers must have been a devastating blow to your community. 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. 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.

Time never diminishes respect and your memory will always be honored and revered. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories of you.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 15, 2012

My grandfather Gordon Robertson spoke of you often Uncle AJ, all through my youth he would praise his older brother AJ. I was sad to find your death had occured in such a horrible cowardly way. You are remembered.

John V Salvato Private Citizen
Great Nephew

December 22, 2009



February 10, 2008

"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
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

February 6, 2008

A.J., I will always remember you and enjoyed my time working with you and drinking coffee with you at "Miss Alma's". You were a good man.

Texas Highway Patrol (former)
Waxahachie, TX

Special Agent Sam Knowles (ret)
Naval Criminal Investigative Service

May 28, 2007

A.J. Robertson was a mentor, friend and partner. He was a true hero for making the ultimate sacrafice in the name of God, duty, and family. I owe you partner for teaching me how to be a professional law enforcement officer. You and what you stood for will never be forgotten.

Inspector, Gerald Smith
U.S. Marshals Service (ret)

January 11, 2007

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

January 20, 2005

You are honored this day by those whom you served. You are not forgotten!


February 15, 2004

no officer should be remembered on this site and have no reflections posted in their honor.

Deputy Robertson, you were taken from this world even before I was brought into it. Thank you for your duty to those you served and those who came into being after your service into a world that you protected.
Blessings to your family and friends. You are not forgotten!


February 15, 2004

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