Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

New York State Police, New York

End of Watch Friday, December 5, 1980

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Reflections for Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr.

You have been gone 39 years. I miss you still. You are and will always be my hero. I often wonder what life would have been like had you lived, but am thankful for the time that we had, not only as husband and wife, but as best friends. You are forever loved and will live on in my heart forever.

Sandra VanHall-Bovenzi
NYS Police

February 15, 2020

Joseph Comfort, the man who murdered Robert Van Hall has died in prison of natural causes. He died at the age of 71 after serving around 38 years in prison. I hope that this gives the family of Investigator Van Hall some peace and closure knowing that justice has been done.

To Investigator Robert Van Hall, thank you for serving in our country's military and law enforcement. Your sacrifice will always be remembered.


January 17, 2019

To the family, friends and colleagues of Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr. ~ I am very sorry for your loss. Additionally, I am sorry that you have to keep reliving your pain, with each parole board hearing. I am proud to mail my “No Parole for Cop Killers letter”, on his behalf.
To Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr. ~ Thank You for your service to our country; your sacrifice for your community. You are a Forever HERO! God Bless You All.

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

January 11, 2019

I had the honor of working with Bobby when he was assigned to the Narcotics Unit. Bobby was a great trooper and loved his work. It has been 38 years since he was killed in the line of duty and I still think of him often. Bobby was a true hero in every aspect of his life. I know he is watching over us always.

Retired Investigator Bill Morris
Retired Rochester Police Department

July 3, 2018

Investigator Robert Van Hall, Jr. will never ever be forgotten. He was a true hero in every aspect of the word, and I'm thankful for the service he provided to our great nation and to the State of New York. May his soul forever rest in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb (Retired)
New York State Police - Troop D

March 25, 2018

Served with Van Hall in VN 1968 on RT Iowa. He was a Courageous and very competent soldier and friend.

Don Davidson, MSG (ret)
16 January, 2018

Don Davidson, MSG (ret)

January 16, 2018

You are remembered today on the 36th anniversary of your passing. May you continue to Rest In Peace

Patrolman Stephen Hall
Dalton Borough Police

December 5, 2016

Your service to our country away and here at home will never be forgotten as I will send my letter now to keep the offender in jail. They live and you die, they will never feel freedom as your family and friends have had to live without you and while this person who does not see that they deserve to stay IN to do their best after making a very horrible conscious decision... myself and others with me will do everything to keep them as inmates.

Debra L. Ohton

January 15, 2016

Proud to send my "No Parole" letter today. Rest in peace sir, you have not been forgotten and we are working strongly to ensure the person who murdered you is never set free. Sadly, the other murderer was paroled but we are remembering you and thinking of your family, friends, and former co-workers as this wound is cut open again.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

January 14, 2016

I served in combat with Bob in 1968 when we were in Special Ops during the war against communism in Southeast Asia. He was a good soldier and a good man.

Captain William J. Groves Jr.
US Army Special Forces

December 16, 2015

I said a little prayer today for Investigator VanHall and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

December 4, 2015

I am going to send mine too especially that I am planning on being a Police Officer my self.

Jaime Pimentel not in law enforcement
not in law enforcement yet

January 22, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

January 21, 2014

Will mail my letter. May your killer be denied again and may he die in jail. RIP


January 16, 2014

God Bless


April 7, 2013

RIP brother!

Officer James Ford
SDPD Retired

April 7, 2013

When parole boards need letters requesting parole be denied to cop killers, something is broken in the justice system.If a criminal will take the life of a Police officer, anywhere. that criminal will stop at nothing to carry out the crime. I will forward a letter to the parole board of this state and any other, expressing my disdain for parole to murderers of Police Officers. Those who have pinned on the badge after your untimely passing will carry the torch.God bless you and your family, investigator Van Hall.

PO F.T.Carey
BPD (ret)

October 4, 2012

A "No parole" letter has been sent, so your cowardly killer remains locked up - and denied the pleasure of living in a world that you made safe for all of us.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County PD, Nassau NY.

October 2, 2012

A "No Parole" letter for the thug that killed you has been sent. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. They should not have to endure such hardships after their sacrifice.
You will never be forgotten!

Surviving Daughter of Special Agent J. Robert Porter
Federal Bureau of Investigation
E.O.W. 8/9/79

September 28, 2012

God Bless


September 28, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the thirty-first anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service as a police officer and a Vietnam veteran. 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 5, 2011

Robert was a good friend to my husband and myself. He was a wonderful husband & father. His life was cut short by two drug dealers. His family's lives were forever altered because of those two men.
With respect to this courageous man, please educate your children about the dangers of drugs and let them know that there are men and women on the various police forces that risk their lives so that "we" can feel safe on our streets.
I miss him and remain friends with his lovely wife.
God Bless, I know you're in heaven.


February 12, 2011

Thanks to all who shared a reflection of one of the best. Bob has a 13 year old grandson, Dustin, who only knows him through photos and from our wonderful memories of him. Dustin will never have the pleasure of Bob's companionship due to our tragic loss thirty years ago. He keeps a photo of Bob in his room, wears one of Bob's rings proudly and cherishes the flag that draped Bob's casket. He was given these things so that he too, has a tangible piece of Bob's life. Bob will forever live on in our hearts and will never be forgotten.

Sandy VanHall-Bovenzi

February 9, 2011

Bob and I were not only Basic School classmates, we were both stationed together at SP Canandaigua at the time of his murder. I smile when I think about our morning coffee BS sessions. Bob was not only a cop hero, but a war hero to boot. Good guy, really sharp. It is an honor to have known him. 'Till we meet again, Bob.

Sgt. Dennis Jason

November 17, 2009

Robert Van Hall served in my Special Forces unit in Vietnam, where he was deeply respected. Our all-volunter unit (MACV-SOG) conducted covert operations behind enemy lines in Laos and Cambodia, running missions in very heavily occupied areas. Bobby was truly heroic, and received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts. He is sorely missed by those who served with him. De Oppresso Liber, JOHN PLASTER

Major John L. Plaster
U.S. Army Special Forces

August 2, 2009

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