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Detective Robert W. Wallis

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Tuesday, February 9, 1988

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Reflections for Detective Robert W. Wallis

I just learned of you for the very first time today while watching a rerun of the tv show, “Rescue 9-1-1.” Before today, I had never heard about this tragic event. Police officers risk their lives everyday and I have the utmost respect and admiration for every single one of them. It is very evident that you had a profound impact on those around you as spoken by them on the show. Thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice and for selflessly laying down your own life for your fellow human beings.

EMT Gavin Solimando
Saint Clare’s EMS Passaic, NJ

September 9, 2022

You were one of the officers I wrote an essay on for national Police Week. It was one about how police can be heroes as well. Thank you for your sacrifice. My essay was on why defunding the police is not a good idea.

Luke McNamara civilian

May 10, 2021

Rest in peace Detective Wallis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 16, 2020

Rest In Peace brother officer.

Patrolman William F Gomola
Bay Village Ohio PD.

April 9, 2020

Thank you for your dedication and time serving the people of Colorado. What happened is on Rescue 911 called "Denver Chopper".

Tyler Trappen,
Penn Twp EMS
Emergency Medical Technician

June 10, 2019

Thank you sir for your service. 27 years have passed, but you are not forgotten. Please continue to watch over us who have now taken up the badge as we continue to think of and pray for you.

Police Officer
Denver Police

March 2, 2015

I had SOO much fun time with Bob. We got "Things" done and taken care of....
Bob would always leave you with a joke, kind joke.
He called my airplane , "Paper Machete " although he went flying with me many times. All the way to Kansas to retrieve his 260 Z during the blizzard of 82.

I was summoned by Radio when I got on the ground to call my shop. So I did.. I heard the word from my hired hand Sean that Bob had been killed . Sean is the son of Brad Stout, DPD as well

I thought , HOW COULD THIS BE!" I just had lunch with him yesterday? Him and "Squeaky" John Pinder Jr

I still visit the grave Every time I go by and say hello.

Bob was an amazin guy.. Miss him to this day.

Hi Dorie! Hi Judwa!

American Citizen
The Transmission shop

February 15, 2015

I was sitting in the Control Center today when, I heard a moment of silence for you being dispitached by the Denver Police Deparment in memory of you. Thank you for service!

Eternal Rest
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Corporal Randy Romero
Federal Reserve Law Enforcement (Denver, CO)

February 9, 2014

Detective Wallis,

Tonight, some friends were discussing how 'common people' take action to help others, including officers, in time of crisis. We remembered the actions of the news helicopter pilot that stopped the man who killed you. We remembered those brave Denver officers who moved in to stop the man who took you, their brother, away from them. The pictures shown on the 'Rescue 911 - Denver Chopper' episode are happy and sad: your pleasure in being a grandfather shined as bright as the sun making us more saddened that you didn't get more time enjoying it.

THANK YOU sir, for your many years of service and your attempt to stop that crazed man. We salute you and honor you for your sacrifice and pray your family lives well with your memories. Rest easy Detective Wallis, we've got it from here.

Ofc. Alan Mitchell
UAF-CTC Law Enforcement Academy, Fairbanks, Alaska

September 21, 2012

Rest in Peace, Detective Wallis. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

January 25, 2012

My heart goes out to all who love and miss you, and your wee granddaughter who never got to know you in this life.

A hero in life, not death. You are not forgotten.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 9, 2011

Det. Wallis you are not forgotten by the men and women of the Boston Police Department. RIP

Det. Michael Kane
Boston Police Dept.

July 19, 2010

Dearest Bob - We were married 31 years ago tomorrow. Miss and think of you every day. I will always bear your name proudly. Lovingly


June 29, 2010

Detective Wallis - Four Fridays ago, I stood in the State Assembly chambers when you name was one of almost 250 read off during a motion regarding this month's Peace Officer Memorial Week - you are not forgotten.

Thank you for your service to the people of the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. May God grant you eternal rest and may His perpetual light shine upon you.

Chief K. Moreland (Ret. Sgt.)
Palmer lake, CO PD (Ret. LAPD)

May 14, 2010

Your story was one of ten on Dateline NBC tonight.

I immediately remembered it because a family member was assigned to District 3 and was also your friend.

You will never be forgotten. May you rest in peace.


July 5, 2009

To Detective Robert Wallis and his loved ones:

On this the twenty-first anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with all family members who call you beloved. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Robert gave to his community and the citizens of Colorado, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 9, 1998.

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


February 9, 2009


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 7, 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 9, 2007

I saw your incident on TV again tonight...20 years later and still horrifying. Rest easy.

Broward Sheriff's Office

August 20, 2007


August 20, 2007

May you rest in peace and may your loved ones be ever blessed.

May 20, 2007

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Former Police Officer
Warrenton, Virginia

February 9, 2007



November 30, 2006

after all this time i'm finally seeing this site,,,,,it seems like yesterday when you'd tease me about anything and everything,,,,,,,,i'm proud to have been your sister,,,,the Lord smiled down on me the years we spent together,,,,,,,,,may you be resting in peace,,,,,,,Pat


June 25, 2006

Detective Wallis, I was only 20 years old when I witnessed your tragic death. I will never forget that day, or the events I witnessed. Your sacrifice in the line of duty has had a profound effect on my life. For weeks, I could think of nothing but the loss your wife and family suffered. Even though I did not have the opportunity to know you, you have changed my life in so many positive ways. I am now a husband and father to 2 wonderful boys, and I let them know each and every day that I love them. I have spent a great deal of time teaching them the value of love, of life and of family. Your untimely death taught me that life is short and we can be taken at any time, therefore I live each day loving my wife and children, and I have instilled those values in my children and anticipate that they will pass them on to theirs. I think of you frequently, especially on this day. I hope you rest easy, because you not only changed my life, in many ways you have also saved it. Thank you so very much for your sacrifice, your death, although heartbreaking, has changed my life, and the lives of my family, for the better. God bless you sir, and may you rest in peace.

Ted C. Sams Jr.

February 9, 2006

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