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Police Reserve Robert Bernie McMaster

Warrenton Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Saturday, March 9, 1996

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Reflections for Police Reserve Robert Bernie McMaster

Rest in peace Police Reserve McMaster.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 13, 2022

Officer McMaster,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USCG. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

United States Border Patrol

March 9, 2021

Officer McMaster,
On today, the 24th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USCG. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!

United States Border Patrol

March 9, 2020

Dear Uncle Bernie,

I know I was really young when you dead but I still remember you. I have met your daughter a couple of times. She looks a lot like you. The family misses you.

Ciara McMaster

March 15, 2015

Hey dad, this is your daughter Alannah. I know you never got to meet me, but i know you would be proud of your little 18 year old. Trying to get everything ready for college next year I feel really good about it. I also have met some of your friends in the force last year, they tell me you were an amazing man. I love you

Daughter, Alannah Bernice McMaster
Daughter, Alannah Bernice McMaster

December 18, 2014

Reserve Officer McMaster, may you rest in peace. I thank you for your selfless service to your community and dedication to this noble profession. My heart goes out to your family, your friends, and your extended law enforcement family at the Warrenton Police Department and surrounding agencies this day. You are gone but not forgotten.

Reserve Sergeant L. Brown
Rainier Police Department

March 9, 2014

Wow....I just read your reflections from your niece's, sad!!!!! Rest assured your uncle was a hell of a guy!!!! He is not forgotten

Chris harbin
Clark county corrections/ uscg friend

May 22, 2013

Hey Uncle Bernie,

I wish you were here...Caitlyn and I are Graduating this year wish you could be here to celebrate it with us. I know dad and Uncle Skip miss you very much. I meet your daughter for the first time two years ago, She looks just like you. We all miss you soo much. I wish I was able to see you now so I could remember your face, but all I have are your pictures. I was just a baby when you died.

I know grandpa is up there with you now. I miss him a lot to. So if you can tell him that for me please and thank you. I love you both. Wish you both could be here with us.

Love Your Niece
April 26, 2013

Ashlyn McMaster

April 26, 2013

Uncle Bernie,

I just found this site about you and I wish I knew about it sooner. I wish I got to see you and talk to you before you past away but I could really get to talk to you because I was only one years old. My dad (your brother Stephen) he really misses you. He never really said he does but when it gets close to your birthday he gets really said. Dad doesn't really say much about you. Sometimes he tells us some story's about you and Skip pick on dad since he was younger then you guys. But I really hope you are having fun up there. Oh and have you found grandpa yet. He past away last year, well if you have will you tell him we all love him and we all love you to Bernie we miss you both!!!!

Caitlyn McMaster
He's my uncle

April 26, 2013

I Was Sitting With Daughter And Thought If You Ou Of Nowhere. I Miss Hanging With You At Your PlacePlayingTecmo Bowl. I Don't Miss How Many Times You Would Beat Me AT ping-pong At Cape D. You WeRe An Amazing Individual And Glad To Have Known You In My Life.
My Best Wishes To Your Wife And Daughter.

Orlando M. Flores
fellow coastie

February 9, 2013

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 9, 2010


The recent events in Washington brought you to my thoughts. Welcome our brothers and sister to heaven.

Chris Fuhrman
Sumas Police

December 5, 2009

You still live on in our memories Bernie

patrol officer
sumas police

March 19, 2009

Hey Bernie.....Your not forgotten buddy!!!

Chris Harbin
Clark County Corrections/friend

May 27, 2008



March 12, 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

January 15, 2008

You have not been forgotten. True heroes never die, you will always be remembered. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/05

March 9, 2007

In my state, reserve officers are not paid. Many are working as reserve officers for the experience before they finish their training to become officers. I can only wonder what a great officer Reserve McMaster may have become one day. RIP

March 9, 2007

G-d Bless.

March 9, 2007


I was just wanted to let you know that even though you are not here physically you are always in our thhoughts


Chris Fuhrman
Sumas PD

March 4, 2007

never forget a hero, reserve or regular he wore the badge and served his community..

Court Deputy R.L. Clements
King County Sheriff's Office Wa.

February 27, 2007

Bernie, I was moving the other week and came across your old USCG floatcoat. It made me stop and think for awhile. Just last Sunday I drove through good old Astoria and thought about you. Your not forgotten!!!

Chris Harbin
Clark County Corrections

February 6, 2007

Champ, Its been ten years since you left this world and it feels like it was just the other day. You will never be forgotten by the people who knew you.I still have your float coat with "CHAMP" wrote in it...

Chris Harbin
Clark County Corrections

June 3, 2006

To Police Reserve Officer Robert Bernie McMaster and his loved ones:

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

My heart goes out to your family. You’re in our thoughts and our prayers.

James, in your service in the Coast Guard and as a reserve police officer, you rescued us, saved our possessions, our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

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, Officer McMaster. I am so saddened that you were robbed of a lifetime by this line of duty death that occurred when you were so heartbreakingly young.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Officer McMaster gave to his community and the citizens of Oregon, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on March 9, 1996.

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

March 9, 2006

Bernie, I will never forget the time we all spent together on the Resolute. I think we grew up somewhere between Astoria and our next "ALPAT". You were one of the most honest people I ever met. I'll never forget you my friend.

Josiah Layfield

September 3, 2005

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