Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Robert T. Tobias

Manchester Township Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Saturday, May 17, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Robert T. Tobias

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

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

May 17, 2021

I did not know you. We went by a sign on Rt. 70 were you were killed. We said a prayer for you and you family. Thank you Officer! Rest well. We will not forget you.

Jaqi Dennis

November 5, 2020

Well its 05/17/2020, 45 years since you passed away. Its unbelievable how fast time goes by.
I still remember that day as if it was yesterday. I was just 15 yrs old. You were my big brother as well as my friend. I miss you every day! I love you!!

Denise Tobias

May 17, 2020

Thank you, Hero. My sister works at a nursing home off of Rt. 70. She was telling me about the address being #1770 Tobias Ave after a fallen hero lost his life. They used is badge number and name as the address. So I looked up the story. And i am so appreciative i did. God Bless you and your family. You will never be forgotten.

Layla Lee

April 27, 2020

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

May 10, 2019

Stopped by today to pay my respects. Noticed the flag needed to be replaced, so last time I was home I made sure I had one with me. All is well with the memorial site. Contractors have installed silt fencing in front and I did call the police department to have this opened again. Seems like they're putting water lines or something in in the area. Other areas were left open for Trails into the woods and I feel this Memorial should be opened also. You are never forgotten hero.

Jim Bonanno
Exempt firefighter badge number 133 South Old Bridge

March 27, 2019

Stop by again today to pay my respects. This story always seems to touch me and every time I am traveling on 70 I try and stop. Rest in peace hero.

James Bonanno
South Old Bridge Fire Company. Retired

October 2, 2018

So sorry for your loss Denise. I am here now visiting the memorial to your son. I didn't know him at all and was only 14 years old at the time of his death. I researched this a lot for some reason and it has become a part of me. I thank him for his service every time I kneel down. May God continue to give you comfort in your good memories with your son.

James Bonanno

February 20, 2018

Many years have passed. I still remember you walking to your car that morning when you were going to work. I still miss you after all of these years!! Love you...

Denise Tobias

May 9, 2016

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

May 17, 2015

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 11, 2015

Toby, we are always thinking of you. You will never be forgotten.

Patrolman Higgins
Manchester Township Police

December 2, 2014

Rest in peace and Olav Hashalom Patrolman Tobias. Your commitment will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 16, 2014

Everyday, I drive by your memorial on my way to my job at the Pemberton Township Police Department and it inspires me to work harder and provide a service that many dont appreciate. Time will never forget your sacrifice brother. Thanks for your service.

Chris Mahler

August 30, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th 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.

I pray for solace for all that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 18, 2012

Rest in peace my Brother.

Kevin T Ryan

May 17, 2008


God bless you and your family 30+ years after your tragic death

Cranford Police Dept (NJ)

January 5, 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

December 12, 2007

Some gave all.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police (NJ)

May 15, 2007

As I looked at your grave stone the other day I thought of the days we shared in high school. Now I look at your picture above and remember more. You will never be forgotten but will always be missed.

Retired Detective John Carter
Brick Police Department

May 18, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

May 17, 2005

It's so sad for all of us to see this
terrible accident that caused the death of Robert. His family and friends will miss him very much. And many others in the community will also
miss this very young Police Office who
wanted to serve and protect. But Robert
is now with the Captain of Glory and He
will take very good care of Robert
forever. The Captain is the Lord God
and He will always love and care for
His children. Now let us all pray for all Police Officers who work very hard
to help us all live in peace.
God bless all Police in USA.

Chaplain James Meola
FOPLodge 10

March 17, 2005

I learned about your tradgedy as a recruit in the Ocean County Police Academy. My father's research at the Ocean County Library revealed the details of your tragic event. I only wish that I had the opportunity to meet with you.


Detective Hankins/ Patrolman Hankins
Manchester Police Department

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