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Officer Robert Henderson Shipp

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, January 13, 1970

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I only knew him as Bobby Shipp. We were in Cub Scouts together. I remember "sleepovers" at his house and mine except they were not titled "sleepovers", just spending the night. I think we did those to get an early start on playing the next day. Bobby loved to go to the railroad track close to his house near Urban Park Elementary. He liked to leave pennies on the steel train tracks to crush them flat. Gosh, how he hated waiting for the next train. I guess neither one of us knew there were actually train schedules. Most of the time we couldn't find the penny afterwards. I suggested we use a quarter, it should be easier to find later. He was afraid it might derail the train but it really did not matter-we didn't have a quarter anyway. Bobby was the 1st person my age to die. Stupid me-I did not realize somebody our age could die.

Steve Kirk
childhood friend

February 19, 2021

Robert “Bobby” Shipp was my childhood sweetheart and my husband. We were married only 15 months when he was killed in the line of duty. Bobby loved being a police officer and I was so proud of him. A young life taken too soon. You are gone but never forgotten.
Love forever and a day,

Paula Rush Shipp Blake
Wife and widow

January 24, 2020

Officer Shipp,
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 Dallas. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 13, 2020

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

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 13, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Shipp.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 11, 2019

49 years ago today and I still have no words to describe my loss. "Bobby" was my childhood sweetheart and we married in October 1968. He died way to young but doing what he loved...protect and serve. Forever and a Day, Paula

Paula Rush Shipp Blake
wife and childhood sweetheart

January 13, 2019

RIP Brother. Cut down too soon.

Captain P. M. Larkin
Galveston County Pct. 1

April 2, 2018

Rest in perpetual Peace my brother. You are a hero.

N.Y.P.D. Lt. Ray Flores (Ret.)

January 13, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd 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. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

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

January 13, 2012

Bobby was agood guy totally respectful to everyone.It has taken me all this time to realize he did what he was called todo and left this earth an accomplished soul.

mark dyess
high school friend

June 20, 2010

Officer Shipp,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Dallas. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



January 13, 2010

"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 5, 2008



January 4, 2008

So long ago, so young, so sad.
Your death diminishes all of us.
We honor you posthumously for
your courage, your integrity, but
mostly for your life. You barely
got to live. It breaks our hearts.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

July 30, 2005

When I opened the ODMP today I saw the memorial for Officer Robert H. Shipp. I thank God for officers like him that were willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their fellow man.
May God keep safe from harm the men and women of the Dallas Police Department.

Patrolman Doug Hutchison
Irving Police Department, Texas, retired.

July 28, 2005

You were that which others did not want to be. You went where others feared to go and did what others failed to do. You asked nothing from those who gave nothing and reluctantly accepted the fact of eternal loneliness should you fall. You have seen the face of terror and felt the stinging cold of fear. You have loved, cried, suffered, and hoped, but most of all, you have lived times others would say were “best forgotten.” At least you were able to say that you were proud of what you were - a cop.

Thank you, hero.

January 13, 2005


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. No officer who gives his/her life for us need ever be forgotton. You died a hero; rest in peace.

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

April 5, 2004

Officer Robert H. Shipp, You will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Brother.

September 3, 2003

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