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Police Officer Leo Robert "Bobby" Volk, Jr.

Modesto Police Department, California

End of Watch Monday, May 21, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Leo Robert "Bobby" Volk, Jr.

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


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2023

Patrolman Clark,
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 Oak Park. And to your Family and loved ones, i wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 21, 2023

Rest in peace Officer Volk.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 22, 2021

Bobby Volk often rode the same bus as I did to get to and from Ceres High School in Ceres. I remember him as having a nice smile. He never teased anyone in a mean rude way as some of the other boys often did. He was respectful to others. His High School sweetheart was a very sweet person. They were the nicest couple. It makes me sad that his life was cut so short. I thank the MPD for nameing a K-9 Office after him.

Lori Rosenau

December 27, 2018

Officer Volk,
I was born 17 days before your E.O.W. I was born in the same hospital you were transported to after the collision. A close friend of yours said I might be your replacement on earth. I hope he was right. I went to great lengths to memorialize your life, but only a few people know about that. I'm now in my 21st year of law enforcement. I hope I have done you proud. I wish I could have patrolled the airport district with you and Ed Ferro.. but I was a generation too late.... Rest in peace, I'll see you on the other side.

Officer Mark Starr
Modesto Police & Hayward Police

September 30, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 45th anniversary of your EOW.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

May 21, 2018

Your story is an incredible story and you are a true hero. Your name lives on!

Officer D. Wilson
Modesto Police Department

May 14, 2018

I was never able to meet my grandfather due to the fact that he had died way before I was born in 94. but to this day I always get told of how great of a grandfather that I had, and get told stories of K-9s being named after him. wanting to follow in his footsteps is my dream

nadalie Volk

December 2, 2015

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 21, 2015

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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Rest In Peace.

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

May 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Volk. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 15, 2012

Hey Bobby,
I was 13 when you died and now I'm 48 and badge 17, at MPD. I've heard your story from some of the "old timers" who have since retired. You died doing what the city paid you to do, chase bad guys. Because of your sacrifice, some changes were made in the safety of our patrol vehicles. So, your death may have saved another officer or motorist from death or injury. Good job Bobby! RIP brother

Officer Wil
Modesto PD

September 10, 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 1, 2007

I just happened to read the circumstances of your death and the pursuit. You made the ultimate sacrifice doing what alot of us have done before -- trying to stop a fleeing vehicle. Back then, many officers probably didn't have radios, either. Your son is about age 34. I wonder if he entered law enforcement. Thank you for your brave service to the citizens of Modesto!

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta Dept. of Public Safety (SC)

July 8, 2007

Officer Volk Jr. RIP brother you are not for gotten. The one you were chasing might have gotten away for now, but will have to answer to a much higher authority one and will get his just due. Thank you for your service.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas

July 4, 2006

You will never be forgotten. You made the ultimate sacrifice. For that you have earned a place among the most honorable of souls. Rest in peace brother.

Stanislaus County Sheriff

July 28, 2004

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