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Patrolman Robert L. Tatman

Champaign Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, November 25, 1967

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Reflections for Patrolman Robert L. Tatman

I hope you continue to rest in peace brother!

Detective Sergeant Jeremy Sims
Matteson, IL PD

December 4, 2021

After 54 long years, your coat badge is back where it belongs. At the Champaign Police Department. Through the efforts of Retired Detective Zane Ziegler, he was able to bring this artifact home. Your dedication is never forgotten, as this morning at 0100 am Active and Retired Officers gathered at the site of this incident and did a roll call in your memory.

We never forget

mark c medlyn
Champaign Police retired

November 25, 2021

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 19, 2021

Rest in peace Patrolman Tatman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 7, 2020

Patrolman Tatman,
On today, the 51st anniversary of your death I would just just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Champaign. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I. P.

United States Border Patrol

November 25, 2018

Today your family will gather in Champaign to honor you with the dedication of the interstate that you were killed on, as Robert L Tatman memorial way at I72/Country Fair drive. The men and women of the Champaign Police department and its retiree's are honored to remember you and your family on this day, some 50 years after you left us. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

M.C. Medlyn
Champaign IL PD (retired)

November 25, 2017

Rest In Peace Brother. We remember and honor your service and sacrifice on the 50th anniversary of your E.O.W.

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

November 25, 2017

Patrolman Tatman's story was read in Richton Park Police Department's roll call on 9-06-16 to honor him.

Sgt. James Galvan

September 7, 2016

Yesterday your dear wife Nancy was laid to rest next to you. Her journey is complete. Former retired colleagues of yours from the Champaign Police department along with Officers from Gibson City and Fisher and Champaign paid respects to you and Nancy.

You are joined again forever.

Thank you and your family for your service and you sacrifice. How I wish we could have found the person responsible.

We never forget.

Mark C Medlyn 749 (ret)
Champaign Il PD

August 22, 2013

My mom, your grandkids, and now your great grandkid never knew you and won't ever know you in this life. It's a sad thought but as I continue to find out more information about you, my Grandfather, I continue to be impressed. Thank you for your work and love you gave to your family and your wife, my grandma, who I'm sure still thinks of you every day. I hope one day we can meet somewhere else...

Beth Sansone
Grand daughter

June 14, 2012

Rest in Peace, Patrolman Tatman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

April 21, 2012

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, Because those of us who carry badges can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays, And at times my talk was rough, And sometimes I've been violent Because the streets are 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 an unmanly tear.
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 silence all around the throne, where the saints often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"


Mary Rose Middleton

November 12, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 43rd 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.

I pray for solace for all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mom of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 25, 2010

I was born in Champaign, Ill and am now retired. I attempt to read ODMP each and every day and just wanted to say Thank you...You are not forgotten and your service will always be remembered. It takes a very special person to be a law enforcement officer and your service to your great state and city will always be remembered. Semper Fi Brother......

State Traffic Officer Mike Becze #7185
California Highway Patrol

November 15, 2010

God bless you officer tatman and your family you killer is awating final judgment we can sleep easy knowing that justice will be done

Airman First Class Adam M. Denahrt
United States Air Force Securtiy Police

January 11, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 27, 2007



October 4, 2007

After all these years, you are still loved and missed by your family. Thanks for being there.


November 17, 2006

poem remember was by christina rossetti 1830-1894 in memeory to my husband rest in gods hands bob nan

nancy tatman

September 5, 2005

remember me when i am gone away gone far away in to the silent land when you can no more hold my hand nor i halt turn to go yet turning to stay rember me when no more day by day you tell me of our future that you planned only rember me you understand it wil be late to counsel then to pray yet you should forget me for a while and afterwards remember do not grieve for if the darkness and corruption leave a vestige of thoughts that once i had better by far you should forget and smile than that you should remember and be sad yor wife and children

wife nancy tatman

August 24, 2005

we miss you still bob you have 4 wonderful childen they are great you are so loved by all your family your spirit has stayed with me i still always have you close yes god knows love your nan

August 21, 2005

Here is a reflection of a man I dont remember because someone took him away from me before I was 2 years old. But I am told how wonderful he was. What a great husband and Dad he was. His wife left behind did the best she could and all his children turned out great. A testament to the great love my mom and dad had. Dad, no matter where your kids are across this country you are always with us in our heart. I love you so much, your little Susie.

Sue Sansone

August 9, 2005

From a son to his father, I miss you dad, you were taken from me at an early age , though you are always in my thoughts and in my prayers, my father and my friend. Thank you to all those who still remember, and to all those men and women whom protect us and lay there lives on the line, you have my deepest gratitude. Thank you.

I Love You Dad,


Daniel E. Tatman

May 13, 2005


Your killer is known to the one who counts. He will receive the proper punishment for eternity. Rest in peace sir.

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

May 22, 2004

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