Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Robert L. Zore

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 1983

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Reflections for Detective Robert L. Zore

Bobby,
I often look at your page on this site to read Randy's note to you. He died a year after that post and I know he's with you.
You would be so very proud of Rosemary. She is absolutely a gorgeous, good and caring woman. She has established a foundation in your name. The foundation does great things nationwide to support LEO families who lost a parent. You'd be excited to know that she and Mike are getting married this summer. He is a great guy and he adores her. The RPOC has made her an Honorary Member and she and Mike will be going to the reunion next month. She misses you and Maritza very much.
Continue to watch over her and keep an eye on Randy for me.

Shari Allen, Sgt. (Retired)
MDPD

April 28, 2019

Sorry to hear of your widow, Maritza passing in 2015. Rest in peace Detective Zore along with your wife and may God bless your daughter, Rosemary.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 19, 2019

I still remember that night like it was yesterday. I remember the dispatch of a robbery call at Dadeland Mall followed by an officer down call. As we searched for a subject late into the evening I will never forget the dispatcher advising the officer had expired. RIP Robert and Maritza (his wife) and God Bless Rosemary, Officer Zore’s daughter.

Sgt. David Alvarez (retired)
Miami-Dade Police Department

December 24, 2018

God bless you Sgt. Hernandez. I too, remember that night and to this day remember each Christmas this terrible incident and hold Officer Zore in our prayers. At the time, we lived in Kendall Lakes Townhouse at kendall and 137th Ave. As I recall, Officer Gore had met his wife for dinner that evening and they had a young child. I am 83 years old, retired RN after 32 years from the VA in Miami and now reside in Alabama

Evelyn Maher
Citizen

December 19, 2018

I remember that night like it was yesterday my self and Paul García got the initial call Armed Robbery at the county seat Dadeland Mall we were having our usual Cuban Coffee at La Carreta .subj fled north over the bridge from Dadeland to Sw 67ave We responded south on 67ave to behind the business As I was walking down the Alley behind the Big Cheese I hear several loud shots I hit the deck accordingly I then went to the pay phones and I saw Bobby he yelled out to me I’ve been hit he collapsed on me i immediately put my hand over his gun shot wound and screamed for fire he had his Members Only jacket on I cut it off carefully with my Buck Knife that I still have next to my bed Officer Craig Bauer and myself got Bobby’s paperwork in check in his personal vehicle Officer Bauer and myself responded to South Miami Hospital to see Bobby he looked good when we saw him he then expired at the hospital we couldn’t believe it miss him to this day Major Kermit Russell reaches out to me the next Day I had less than a year on the Department I was devastated God Bless you Bobby miss you Bro

Sargeant Paul Hernandez Retired

December 17, 2018

Bobby will be in our hearts and minds as long as I live.

RIP Brother

Paulino Garcia
Miami Dade Police Department

May 22, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

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

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

My first Christmas as a Police officer ended with the knowledge that we at the Metro-Dade Police had lost our second officer of 1983. Your tragic and untimely loss served to steel our resolve during the "paradise lost" days in Dade County, FL. RIP ROBERT ZORE, lost to us 32 years ago today.

(Retired) Police Officer Gregory Kral
Miami-Dade Police Department, FL

December 25, 2015

I grew up with Bobby in The Bronx. I often think about the old neighborhood and you and Maritza always come to mind. Rest in Peace Bobby.

Alexandra Maruri
Bronx,, New York

June 14, 2015

The anniversary of this tragic incident is upon us once more. Christmas is always a reminder of your ultimate sacrifice. Thoughts of you and your family abound.

MDPD

December 24, 2014

30 years have passed and I know your family still mourns your loss-May God continue to comfort them. Thank you for your service and ultimate sacrifice! On this Christmas Day you are remembered sir....

Major Mike Smathers
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police. Department

December 25, 2013

I remember. His funeral was my first MDPD Honor Guard detail unfortunately. May he rest in peace. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and former coworkers.

Retired Police Lieutenant
MDPD

December 25, 2013

I remember that night to well. Prayers to his family.

Sgt. David Rivers (ret)
Metro-Dade Police Department

December 25, 2013

To the Family of Robert Zore, American Hero. I have managed to pick up an original media picture of Officer Zore from Ebay, believe it or not. It is a B&W, 3.5" x 5", dated March 1984. It also has several "Date Used" dates, which I can only assume were from subsequent articles in the Miami Herald.
If Officer Zore has any children, sisters, brothers, parents, etc... any immediate family that would like to have this photo, please contact me at [email protected] or at [email protected] and I will send it at no charge, of course.
I was familiar with this case, and many others, as I'm an old Dade County transplant boy. I grew up in North Dade and started my career in Law Enforcement in Dade County & Opa locka.
Please let me know!!

Chief Geoff Jacobs
Porterdale Police Department

October 5, 2013

Dear Bobby, Seems so long ago and yet like yesterday. You would be proud of your daughter. Say hey to mom and dad and to your parents for me. Rest in peace cuz.

Rich Zore
Cousin

December 25, 2012

Continue to rest in peace Detective Zore, we will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you sir are a hero..

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

December 25, 2012

Gone but not forgotten! RIP!

Sergeant (Retired) Robert D. Foreman
Miami-Dade Police Department

December 18, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

I was with Bobby a few nights before at our Kendall District Christmas party and we spoke about the job that we both had chosen. On that Christmas eve a TV report had come out that a Police Officer had been shot, I immediately called in to see who it was and where I could be of help. I was told not to worry that he was at the Hospital and would be allright. He passed the following day after the Dr's found out that his bleeding was too severe to contain.
Rest in Peace my friend, I will never ever forget you.

P.O. Paul Kuiper
M.D.P.D.

January 19, 2012

I was accross the street on Kendall driving to an off duty detail when the call when out. I spent 3 hrs looking for the suspect in my POV. I had no doubt there would be shots if I found him.
You were having Christmas dinner w your family when you responded to the 29. That was who you were. It was rumored you gave someone you arrested bond money to help them out .Thats who you were. Rest In Peace and be QRU always. I never forget that night

Ofc Dave Neesan-Former officer
Metro -Dade Police-

January 18, 2012

Merry Christmas Detective Zore, we will never forget the sacrifice that you made for all of us. Continue to rest in peace hero...


Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Deb

December 25, 2011

To The family of Det. Zore:
I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic murder. Det. Zore I remembered reading of your killing. Your bravery and courage will not be forgotten. You left behind a young wife and daughter and passed away at the hospital early Christmas morning. Your friends and colleagues will forever remember your dedication and fortitude. My dad was a long time policeman with New York City with the 102 precinct for almost 40 years. Rest in peace Det. Zore.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 8, 2011

Bobby, you are still missed. To everyone who made entries here you have no idea how much your thoughts mean to us. Thank you all for your service.

Rich Zore
cousin

January 23, 2011

I was a Traffic Homicide rookie detective that evening. As I was home with family and friends, preparing for the big dinner and big day ahead, I happened to call a dispatcher friend of mine to wish her and her family a happy holiday. She sounded somber and told me about Bobby being shot.

I left the house and joined the manhunt, coming a block away from where the subject's car was found but, in a decision I will always regret making, turned around and headed south to look some other place.

The animal who killed Bobby was caught and send to where he belongs, behind bars forever! Bobby had just gotten his baby daughter a doll and we found it in the trunk of his car. Perhaps what hurts the most, is that, at the hospital, the doctors asured us that Bobby would be find after surgery.

In the early morning hours of the 25th, when I was working a double fatality in South Dade, the Medical Examiner wagon arrived to pick up the two bodies. Inside, there was another body, covered. When I asked the driver who that was he said it was Bobby Zore. I almost dropped to the ground, totally unexpected.

Today, his daughter is at least 27 and life has gone on for his widow but, nobody who was on duty that very unusually cold evening would ever forget the call coming through the airwaves. Not on Christmas eve, not in a very nice area of Miami Dade. But it happened.

The lesson, be careful out there ans ALWAYS, wear your vest. Rest in peace Bobby, and pray for the rest of us down here.

Frank A Piloto Jr,
Metro Dade Police Dept, Retired

December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas in heaven. No matter how much times has passed we will never forget the heroes who gave their all to protect us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Anonymous

December 25, 2010

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