Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert William Wood

Dallas Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, November 28, 1976

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Reflections for Officer Robert William Wood

Randy Wood. Proud of my uncle Robert. Still I hurt today. Love you Tushka Robert. See you again one day....

RANDY WOOD
Nephew

January 12, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Wood.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 28, 2019

“His Lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant…” Matthew 25:21.

Chief Rick Stone
Dallas Police Department - Retired

October 9, 2018

Robert... it has been years but I still recall working West Dallas as partners in the 510s in 1976.. Except for a my visiting family that weekend I would have been partnered with you that night... God knows what would have come of it but I like to think you would still be here. I still remember our "donut lady" in Oak Cliff who always favored you with your favorite donut...if there was such a thing. My last duty was standing watch over you. It was the least I could do for a partner and friend. Till we are called again to meet for duty.

Detective (ret) William Manson
Dallas Police Department

October 26, 2017

As a Dallas Reserve Officer I worked a traffic incident with Officer Wood in West Dallas. We needed someone who spoke Spanish. I turned to him, and He said, I don't speak any Spanish, I'm a Cherokee Indian."

Hal Williams
Former DPR, ID 1617R

October 9, 2017

I had the pleasure of meeting Robert Wood at the Britain Way Apartments where he lived. Back in 1976, I was 13 years old. Sometimes my friends and I would play ball in a vacant field next to the apartments and sometimes, when Mr. Wood would get off work, he would hit the ball to me and my friend.s. We all looked up at him.He was our role model. He was always smiling and was a good person. He will always be remembered by me. RIP Mr. Robert Wood.

Educator- Ruben
Remembering a Good Person

June 18, 2017

It amazes me that even after that thug Harris got away with murder, he decided to try his luck and kill AGAIN. He got what he deserved. However, had he been old enough for the death penalty for your murder, there would never would have been a miscarriage of justice

Citizen

August 12, 2016

I served with Robert in Vietnam, assigned to the 23rd MP company outside of Danang. He was a Sargent E-5 and I was just in country a few weeks when I met him. He talked about becoming a police office in Texas when he got out of the Army. I considered Robert to be a friend, and even though we didn't stay in touch, Robert will be mist dearly.

Sp-4 Dennis Williams

August 2, 2016

I had the pleasure of being friends with offer Wood. I remember that he would play ball with us kids at the Britian Way Apts. in Irving, Texas. I was only 12 but I do know that he enjoyed being with us kids. He was our role model and we looked up to him. Robert was a good man and I know that he is in heaven. RIP Robert. You will never be forgotten.

Ruben Guerra

December 24, 2014

To the Family of of Officer Wood,
I wanted to thank you for supporting and loving Officer Wood, they are the two most important aspects in our brave officers lives, and no one can ever take that away from the heart and soul...
Thank you Officer Wood for your brave service and sacrifice.
You will NEVER be forgotten...
I look forward to meeting you in Heaven and I will keep your family forever in my prayers

wife of
Sgt. Howard Stevenson E.O.W 1/9/05

August 15, 2014

After viewing the Thin Blue Line, I felt compelled to leave another reflection for you. When these films are made, they unfortunately minimize anything personal about the fallen officer. Thus, I am writing to say that I remember you with respect for your service and sacrifice, and hold your family in my heart's embrace.

I think it is interesting to note that Randall Adams sued the filmmaker Errol Morris after his release from prison, upset that he had given the right to his story to Morris and he wanted it back. Not much gratitude for the person everyone credits with being the driving force behind the decision not to retry Adams. But then it was also reported that Adams never contacted his appellate attorney who fought for him after Adams returned to Ohio.

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

February 4, 2013

I just watched the movie "The Thin Blue Line" and thought to myself, Erol Morris, the filmmaker, should have spent more time reflecting on the life of Officer Wood. Lost in Morris' documentary is that a human life was lost- Officer Wood lived a life that was dedicated to protecting society and preserving law + order against evil- like David Harris. Officer Wood, I never had the pleasure of making your acquaintance, but your memory lives on- your youthful face that denotes a definite kindness will never be forgotten. RIP Officer Wood

Jack B
Citizen

January 12, 2013

Officer Wood, you are not forgotten. RIP

Sergeant J.W. Houston
York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office, Virginia

November 28, 2012

RIP, PAL.

John 3:16

Ret. Officer RB Wade
Richmond Police

September 4, 2012

People ask me "why do you want to be a cop?" "Nobody likes cops! Be a fireman! People love to see them!" And I say... I want to be a cop not only so I can protect you when you sleep at night but so I can protect the legacy of all of the fallen officers that protected me and my family. I was at the academy the past week for some explorer training and a Sgt. came up to me and asked me that question and in our academy halls are portraits of all of the fallen officers and all I did was point at the portraits and say thats why. Not just for me, my family, or the random John/Jane Doe on the street but for them. They are my main reason why. To be as good of officers as them.

Explorer V. DeLuna
Dallas Police Dept.

August 12, 2012

As I am nearing the end of this career we started together at the academy in September 1974, I find myself thinking more and more about you and your kindness and professionalism. You made a difference in my life and police career. You're always in my heart, Robert.

Detective Kirk Griffith #3639
Dallas Police Department

January 27, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 35th 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.

Rest In Peace



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

November 28, 2011

Uncle-

Justice was finally served on October 30, 2010. May you rest in peace and we will see you soon. Please continue to watch over me and always remember you are welcome in my patrol car any day. I know mom misses you and she is finally able to breathe relief. We love you and miss you a great deal.


Officer R.L. Willis #813
Niece

July 8, 2011

Robert and I were partners on First Watch at NW Patrol working West Dallas as rookies. We sat next to each other in Detail. Robert was so proud of his being a Native American Police Officer in Dallas. He was quite and a great listener. A natural Police Officer. We shared some great times. I wasn't working with Robert that night but I still feel the shock of hearing over the radio that they were enroute to Parkland with him. We all rushed there to just be with him and each other. We were in shock to lose such a great brother officer. That night affected my whole career. It was one of the worst nights in DPD history. It would go on to be brought up, and lied about and make the killers the victim for evermore. I am retired now and probably won't be around much longer, but I think everyone should know the truth that Robert was the victim and he didn't deserve his fate. Rest in Peace Brother.

Retired Sergeant Greg Evans
Dallas Police Department

May 23, 2011

Another officer was taken to be another angel with you. Please show Officer Michelle Smith around up there. Continue to watch over us down here. Love you always, Becca

Officer R.L. Willis
RCPD and his Niece

December 30, 2010

Never forgotten brave warrior.

Senior Constable
South Australia police

April 28, 2009

Hi Uncle Robert-

I just wanted to let you know I am still with the same police department and am loving it! I think about you all the time and always talk about you when I am asked why I am a police officer. Seems so long ago now that you were taken from us and I hope as you look down at me that you can smile. I am carrying on where you left off.

Love you!

Officer Rebecca L. Willis
Richland College PD and niece

September 6, 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
Sergeant
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

February 5, 2008

I honor Officer Wood's life and service on this day. As I read the other reflections, I am blessed especially by those left by his family. This speaks volumes about the kind of man he was.

January 21, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

vandenberghe
manchester, NH

November 28, 2007

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