Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert Vargas

Metro-Dade Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Friday, February 7, 1997

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert Vargas

Thinking about you today my bud. RIP

Juan J. Cordero
TF 118, 101st Airborne, High School friend

September 15, 2021

Just thinking of u my was an honor to have served as a Airborne paratrooper with u.Great memories

Jonas l. Coleman

January 4, 2021

Rest in peace Officer Vargas.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2020

Hi everyone! I just wanted to thank you all for leaving reflections about my dad. I love reading and learning about him. It is truly a blessing to be able to hear such amazing things about him. Since I was only 2 months old when he passed away, I always wish I could know more about him. If any of you would be willing to share some stories with me or things about my dad from the army, the academy, or anything at all, it would mean the world to me. You can contact me via email at [email protected]

Amber Vargas

May 2, 2018

It is incredible to me that today marks 20 years since you became an angel. I think of you often and I pray that you are enjoying eternal peace! May you continue to watch over Robert, Amber, and Barbie. I hope some day to see your infectious smile again! Rest in peace, my friend!

Officer Annie Starnes

February 7, 2017

Robert was one of my best friends during our enlisted days in the US Army Airborne. We spent three years in Vicenza Italy with the 3rd Battalion 325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team. He was proud to serve his country as I am sure he was proud to serve his community.
His was a life of service. I am proud to have known him and called him friend.
Rest in peace.

MAJ Kevin Heller
US Army

January 18, 2017

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

Hi daddy! It may seem like a while on this page but it is just an ordinary day in my life to be thinking about you. I finally moved on from my old job and I can focus more on school. I am changing my major to Hospitality Management, I've been told that it is a great field for someone like me. I enjoy making people happy with superior customer service and I really love making my parents proud. I wrote an essay recently about you. I really wish I could remember you, but just know that I am in great hands. My step-dad is the most amazing man ever. Mom is my best friend and Robert is coming around. I love you dad and I live to make the ones I love proud, even the ones I don't remember. Abuela is doing great! I visit her so much, it makes her so happy to be reminded of how much she is loved. Abuelo is great too! Everything is going good and I can't thank God enough for the peace that he's granted me with your loss. It was such a tragedy losing you but as a family, we have held up better than people may think. I am so thankful for my life and for the Lord who grants us each another day with a healthy life. Every day my relationship with God gets stronger and I love it. A verse came to and it is forever my favorite so I must share it. Proverbs 3:5-6 TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART; DO NOT DEPEND ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING. SEEK HIS WILL IN ALL YOU DO, AND HE WILL SHOW YOU WHICH PATH TO TAKE. I love you dad! -Your little girl (:

Amber Vargas

October 23, 2015

I knew Robert from the academy days. My husband and I also worked Northside District together. Robert was a wonderful officer. Someone you'd hope would be your back up on every call. Reading all the heartwarming reflections, takes me back to his burial. Seeing his baby daughter and his toddler aged son that he loved so much, was heartbreaking. I specifically remember Robert Jr. getting away from his mother's hold, picking up a rose and just as the coffin was being lowered to the ground, tossing it in. Such an innocent and beautiful act. I remember crying so hard after seeing this. It took me a long while to stop and I wondered what people around me were thinking, as I cried uncontrollably. Never would I have imagined that Roger would be killed 14 years later and that I would be in the same position. It's like my soul knew that moment, when the flower was tossed, that I would feel that pain one day. I'm so happy that Amber and Robert Jr. have grown up to be healthy adults. Their mother has done a wonderful job and I truly believe that Robert is beaming with pride from up above. One day we will have answers as to why this was the chosen path. In the meantime, saying a prayer for much continued strength, success and motivation to his family and eternal rest for my friend, Robert.

Debbie Castillo
MDPD Coworker

September 23, 2015

Hi dad! It's already been 18 years and there's not a day that goes that I don't think about you! Fortunately, I've been nothing but blessed over the years! I got a brand new car and upgraded from my buggy; I got accepted into FIU where I'll be studying to major in Speech Pathology. I'm beyond excited! High school is almost over and the real world is slowly but surely creeping up on me. I'm still working at Sky Zone, it's been a little over 2 years and mom is so proud of me! The most famous line I keep hearing is that Roberr Anthony is IDENTICAL to you, looks and personality. It's crazy because I wish I could say for myself how you were but I hear many things about you; you were crazy, fun, and indeed comical. I'm a social butterfly like you but I'm not much of a risk taker; moms calls me "pendeja". I've been raised by an amazing man so don't worry, your little girl is being well taken care of. I have a boyfriend of 1 year and 7 months now; the funny part is that I can't imagine bringing a guy home to you because I can only imagine how protective you would've been over me. Well I'm doing great in school and work and I'm sure you would be extremely proud of me! I met Sergeant Almeida today during my ride along and it was so heartwarming hearing about you. I'm glad you were able to make an impact in so many people's lives, I only wish I was apart of it but all I can do is pray that one day I see you again. I watched my birth video recently and you treated me like a princess! You didn't leave my side during the birth and after; mom has it all on video. I saved that video in the computer and it's so beautiful. Well I love you dad and I miss you so much! May you continue to rest in peace <3

Amber Anicole Vargas

April 8, 2015

It's now been 18 years ..... You will always live in our kids. Amber is 18 and has been accepted in FIU and Robert is 21 and pretty soon will be following your steps. Thank you for giving me the biggest blessings of my life MY KIDS! You were taken much too soon :(. I know that you are in Heaven watching over the kids.

Barbie Vargas Dezayas

February 11, 2015


Its been over 20 years since our Academy days. You always made me laugh with all your antics. May you rest in peace.

To Amber and Robert. Your father loved you very much and was so proud of both of you. Whenever i would see him he made sure to mention his little boy and baby girl. Amber I'm sorry you were so little when he passed but in that little time you made such an impact on him. And Robert you were a bolita de humo.

With Love

Sergeant Michele Almeida (Zap)
Miami Dade Police Dept, Academy class mate

July 23, 2014

R.I.p vargas sorry im just geting the news i have shared many great moments with you as a paratrooper and a close friend,memories never die.

jonas coleman

June 7, 2013

Continue to rest in peace Officer Vargas, 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

February 7, 2013

Hey dad, I'm 16 now. I got a job at a new indoor trampoline park called Sky Zone. For my 16th birthday I got a 2007 triple white convertible buggy. I'm extremely thankful and blessed by my parents. Unfortunately my brother and I aren't as close which I'm sure makes you very upset. I love him with all my heart but he's in a stage I guess. My mom is still my best friend and will always be. Tomorrow is your birthday, and 3 days later will make 16 years since you passed away. It hurts me, and I will always be left with curiosity wondering what you would've been like. I was so little, we only have 1 family picture. I resemble you but Robert is your twin. Abuela is older and needs more assistance but Abuelo is something else. He's hilarious, and I go by to see them every so often because it makes them happy since my mom, my brother and I are the only people they have left. I'm very appreciative of the nice things people say about you on this website. I can only imagine the type of person you were based on the things people tell me. I love you daddy. You will always be in my heart, and i always think about you. -Your 1 and only baby girlā¤<3 Ambie

Amber Vargas

February 3, 2013

I don't have much to say, but I just can't help but feel that you would've been just as amazing of a family member to me as your actual family is to me. Your daughter Amber is a beautiful bright girl, Barbie is doing great as a mother and friend to everyone (and i have much to thank her for), and Robert is identical to you. Tomorrows your birthday and i won't be able to visit till the day after, but this little reflection is just one of the many respects that i'm paying in your honor and your family's. I'm sure you're doing great in the heavens, as you protect your family and watch over all of them. Happy Birthday big guy ! May you continue to R.I.P.

Melanie Picallo
Friend of the family.

February 3, 2013

Robert, your name came up the other day...the painful memories of your passing are still present - you are not forgotten by those of us who had the priviledge to work with you and have you as a friend. As a fellow officer, I always knew I could count on you and I'm so glad I was able to see you the week before you passed. I see your children are all grown now...your legacy continues with them & I wish them all the best.

Rachael Jezierski - Retired

August 20, 2012


So many memories of our service in the U.S. Army. You will be forever missed! Rest in peace, brother!

Ramon A. Ayala-Heredia
A Co. 3/325th Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Vicenza, Italy

March 14, 2012

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

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

My prayers are with the family of this hero as they face another EOW, time does not heal the pain in the hearts of those left behind. Continue to rest in peace Officer Vargas, we will never forget...

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

February 7, 2012

Hi dad, i am now 14 years old and i am going to be 15 in 9 days!!!!! Time flies, it sucks to say i was 3 months when you passed away so we never got to cherish any moments. Well ive been acting for 4 years now, i want to be an actress when i grow up. Recently we had to write a script about our saddest moment and i wrote about you. Well shockingly me and my brother finally get along, we go to John A. Ferguson Highschool together. We go to school together, walk together, eat lunch together, were inseparable. Hes so over protective with me and the guys but its expected. Hes doing GREAT in school now, im so proud and happy for him. Im doing the usual. Mom is the same, AMAZING. Were like best friends, im her princess and i look up to her so much. Well i just wanted to let you know we miss you and love you forever.
-Forever Daddys little girl <3
Love you

Amber Vargas
1 and only daughter

November 16, 2011

I grew up with Robert as our mothers were pregnant at the same time..
Adelina and Freddy lived next door to us for 9 yrs until he moved to 103 and nw 30place.

We went to different schools but were close friends until we both went into the military and found each other years later.

I didnt speak to him for about a year until I read the newspaper in the morning and immediately drove to adelinas house.It was a sad day!

Robert you are a hero and I'm proud to have known you and loved you and your family

Mike Mitchell

Michael Mitchell
very old / cousin

July 1, 2011

Almost 15 years.......... Even though you are not physically with us I know you are next to your kids everyday of their lives. You must be so proud of them. Robert is just like you, every year that we go to the memorial, people freak out at the resemblance, its sometimes scary. Amber looks like you too but with a little bit of me in her. I pray to you every night to watch over us and help me guide our kids in the right direction. You are missed dearly. Keep resting in peace.

Your Widow

May 17, 2011

so im 17 years old now. im a junior at John A.ferguson, and im doin alright in school. right now im working like a slave. i have two jobs, one at dunkin donuts and the other one at Aeropostale. i dont play basketball anymore, well barely cause i work almost EVERY day of the week. but i play with my neighbors once a week. im about 5-9 which is pretty tall. hopefully i get to 5-11! amber is growing up soooo fast!!! shes 14 yet she can pass for a 17 year old. shes really pretty and thats gonna cause problems cause ima have to watch her my whole senior year. but shes a really smart girl so i dont really need to worry. mom is getting old. now that i got 2 jobs shes happy cuz im starting to learn alot of things. and she loves it when i bring her home a coffee after work :) and abuela is doing alright. shes pretty old but shes still the same. and abuelo is hilarious! he flirts with every woman he sees and says the funniest pick up lines EVER! well i just wanted to remind you that we all miss you and love you. LOVE YOU POP!!!

robert vargas
1 and only son!

May 17, 2011

Rest in peace Officer Vargas, your bravery will not be forgotten.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 13, 2011

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