Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Mecklenburg County Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, May 4, 1970

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Reflections for Sergeant Lewis Edward Robinson, Sr.

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 50 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

May 4, 2020

You were my Dad Sam Sherrills sergeant when you passed. One of the reasons he became a police officer. By all accounts a great man

Maria Martini
My father's sergeant when shot

May 4, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. Thank you Hero and your family for your courage and sacrifice. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.) no relation
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 4, 2020

Sgt. Robinson,
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 Mecklenburg County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2020

It has been almost 50 years since this happened !!! However I remember it like it was yesterday !
I was on the same shift as Sgt. Robinson but my squad was off duty that May 4 night. I will never
forget Sgt. Robinson ! He was a
Fine Man & Very Good Police Officer !
Now on May 4, 2019 A Mooresville K-9 Officer has been
Shot & Killed ......

Ptl. S.E.(Gene) Catoe M-61
Mecklenburg County Police

May 8, 2019

Honored to be grandson

Lewis Robinson III

May 8, 2018

I remember it very well. I had not been long on the force when this terrible tragedy occurred. Richard Ferrell and I were given the responsibility to guard the crime scene that night after Sergeant Robinson was killed. A great loss to his family, his community, and the Mecklenburg County Police Officers who worked with him. A kind and gentle man. We lost two officers that year, as I recall, Ronnie McGraw was also killed while doing undercover work at a gambling house located near Central Piedmont College.

Officer Bill Monroe
Mecklenburg County Police Dept. from 1969-1972.

May 2, 2017

I lived across the street from the Robinson family. I was 10 years old when Mr. Robinson tragically lost his life. I will never forget the day my mother sat us down and told us the news. He always seemed larger than life, a true hero. I couldn't believe this had happened to such a brave , good man. Eddie, I have always wanted to tell you what a hero I thought your dad was. Rest in peace Mr. Robinson. You will never be forgotten.

Rick McGuirt
Family friend

March 31, 2017

My father was Richard Barry Bennick (better know as RB). My father passed away a few years ago but told me the story of what happened that day. He was standing beside Sgt Robinson on that day. It affected him more than anyone can ever realize. I am sorry for your loss. I heard often about how great a man the Sgt was.

Keith Bennick
Son of a friend

May 17, 2011

Sergeant Robinson,

I met your son tonight on a traffic stop 4/18/2011. He was very nice and seems to be a good man. As a father myself, I hate to know he endured losing you so tragically. You and your family made the ultimate sacrifice for the ideals of peace and justice.

Officer S.L. Butler
Concord Police

April 19, 2011

RIP my Brother. Thank you for your service.

Deputy S. Yates
Covinton County Sheriff's Dept. (Mississippi)

July 28, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th 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 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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

May 4, 2009



May 5, 2008

God Bless you sir for your service of 22 years to the citizens of Mecklenburg County. You were killed three years before I began working at MCPD. Rest in Peace, you are not forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
MCPD/CMPD Charlotte, NC

December 28, 2007

"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

December 26, 2007

Early yesterday morning September 24, 2007,Daylon Robinson, widowed wife of Sgt. Lewis Robinson left this earth and is now joined in heaven with her hero. May the lord look over them both forever and ever Amen.

James Weaving, Police Manager
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police

September 25, 2007

Your courage and dedication will never be forgotten Sergeant Robinson. Your sacrifice as well will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless and keep watch over us.

Winston-Salem PD

May 4, 2007

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

A hero never dies.....

Rest in peace, hero. God bless.

September 29, 2004

The policeman stood and faced his God,which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman. How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?
The policeman squared his shoulders and said.
"No, I guess I ain't because those of us who carry a badge can't always be a Saint."
I've had to work most Sundays
and at times my talk is rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny that wasn't mine to keep...
though I worked a lot of overtime when the bills got too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help
though at times I shook with fear,
and sometimes, God forgive me, I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place among the people here.
They never wanted me around except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here, Lord, it needn't be so grand,
I never expected or had too much, but if you don't...I'll understand"
There was a silence all around the throne where the Saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman.
You've borne you burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets.
You've done your time in Hell"


June 9, 2004

What a heartbraking story. My sincere condolences to the family and friends of this brave officer, reast in peace BROTHER. You will be missed by all of the law enforcement family, but not FORGOTTEN!

Recruit Don Reichhardt
60th Basic Police Academy
Crater Criminal Justice Academy

Officer Don Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

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