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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

You are not forgotten. My heart goes out to your children and all you have missed in their lives.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

February 7, 2011

The pain in the hearts of those left behind is as strong today as it was that dreaded day in 1997, time does not heal our hearts it just makes it easier to get through the day. Continue to rest in peace Officer, we will never forget the HEROES who gave their all.

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


February 7, 2011

hey pop its you're one and only son. well im 16 now. and im playing basketball for my school. VARSITY!!! im doin ok in school. im passing but i know i can do better. oh and i jus got my car. its a AWESOME 2004 black Chrysler Crossfire. i had to beg to get it and promise to do better in school. i kno if you were here you would be proud of me. im having fun. especially in school. im the class clown which i heard that i probably got from u. and everyone is doing good. amber is a nerd and getting like great grades!!! shes 13. it seems like yesturday that i was fighting with her over my nintendo 64. but yea shes grown up so much!mom is the same. bossy and always telling me right from wrong which is what mothers should do but w.e. i been playing basketball alot! its like my life now. oh and abuela is doin good. still telling me stories how she loved u so she said u were mamas boy.lmao but im like dat to. i guess it runs in the family. i jus wanted to let u know that i miss you alot. LOVE YOU POP!!!

1 and ONLY son

July 6, 2010

Almost 13 years since you last physically saw your kids. I am sure you watch over them from Heaven . With no doubt, I know they have made you PROUD. Amber is as ARROGANT & COCKY like you were and Robert Anthony is a LADIES MAN just like his dad. The kids have been a blessing to me, they have made me who I am today and for that I will always love you. May you reat in peace and continue to watch over our kids.

Barbara Vargas Dezayas

August 29, 2009

Robert and I served in the 3/325 together for the better part of four years. More than any other person, Robert was my traveling companion in Italy. After going to a club in Florence, Robert explained to me all the ways (and there were so many) that I was terrible at dancing. Over the course of the next year, he taught me how to dance while we went in search of english speaking girls in Florence and the rest of Italy.

I am sorry Robert, that it took me all these years to discover your passing. I am sorry that you are gone. I liked to imagine that you were down in Fla, winning womens hearts or as it appears you did, discovering a new chapter in your life with a family of your own.

Thank you for teaching me to dance. It has lead me over the years to some wonderful experineces. You would probably still laugh to see me but compared to where we started, you saved me. Good by Robert.

Kevin Heller
US Army and Friend

May 26, 2009

I served in the Airborne (3/325 ABCT) with Vargas, he was a good man.
I just now found out about our loss.
RIP brother!

Richard Schafer
Fellow Paratrooper...

April 12, 2009

Robert, I visited your grave yesterday as it was the 12th anniversary of your death. It seems like only yesterday that I sat in the church with our academy classmates at your funeral. I will always remember you for your great sense of humor and your infectious smile. Rest in peace and I know we will meet again someday. Keep watching over your kids, they are lucky to have you as their angel.

Officer Annie Starnes

February 8, 2009

Vargas and I served in the 82nd Airborne together...from bootcamp, to Airborne School, to serving in Italy. he was a great guy and will be missed and remembered. Airborne and RIP my brother....

Lieutenant Howard Tanner

January 30, 2009

"A Hero Is"
One Who Never Hesitates To Tackle The Most Difficult Problems..

One Who Is Always By Your Side..

One Who Knows Right From Wrong..

One Who Acts With Pride..

A Hero Touches Every One Of Us,

Whether It Be Word Or Deed..

Always Tending To Those Who Find Themselves In Need..

When A Hero Leaves This Earth, Yes, It's Sad, But True..

All Too Many Times, The Hero Is Dressed In Blue.

Written by:

Eric DeRenzis

Det. C. Baaske

June 16, 2008

May your soul have eternal rest, and your memory live on in the hearts of your family and friends.

Detective M. Owens
DFS/Fraud Div. & BLE Classmate

February 6, 2008


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 2008

Just wanted to say that it was a privilege to work with you in Northside. After all these years, I have not forgotten you. I hope your family are well, especially your beautiful children. God bless.

R. Jezierski

January 14, 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 14, 2007

Robert, I just want you to know you will never be forgotten by your friends, family, and the public. Your death was not in vain. I look back at our academy days with great fondness. You served proudly and still serve as an example to those you left behind. God Bless you.

Lt. C. Fernandez

September 14, 2007

Robert: Wow I can’t believe it’s been so long since we lost you…. By all means you are in a better place. Never the less we all miss you very much. Ironically enough, Jose my husband passed away when our son was 5months old in a motorcycle accident, in Nov of 04. I remember when we use to hang out and you had your white little truck low rider truck with the bass & rims…I remember when I heard the news of your accident I could not believe it, I was like No its not him, I cant be…. Jose and I went to your service and kept in touch with your mom. Who would of ever though our family lives would have been turned upside down and we would loose you guys. Crazy Jose & I went to your service and I was there and still could not believe it was you there. When Jose died his service was held there and is berried in the same cemetery you are at. I go to take him flowers every chance I get and always go by to say hello and let you know we miss you and whenever I can, I take your mom. Which I have been slacking cuz I don’t have time between work and the baby it’s a hand full. Well both your family and ours miss you guys terribly but we know, you are both in a better place, and we have our own Angels watching over our kids and us always.
Gonna but never forgotten!!!

Barbara Oliva

May 3, 2007

I know that you are resting in peace. Keep watching over the kids. I know that you must be proud of them.

Barbie Dezayas

April 30, 2007

Robert,I can't believe it's been 10 years my friend. I know you're up there watching over us. Continue to rest in peace my friend, everything is QRU.


April 3, 2007

To Police Officer Robert Vargas 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 is with your children and other family members who call you beloved. I am so touched by their loving reflections for you. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today. How they must miss you and that beautiful glorious smile that shows up so well in your picture.

Robert, you rescued us, saved 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. I am so sorry that you lost your life at such a young age.

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 Vargas. 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 Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 7, 1997.

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

February 7, 2007

Officer Vargas,
Ten years now, and you will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service.

citizen in PA

February 7, 2007

This year it makes 10 years that you left to a better place. Now you have my dad there with you too. Please watch over the kids.

Barbie (Vargas) Dezayas

January 2, 2007

Robert: It is hard to believe you have been gone for almost ten years. It seems like only yesterday you were pulling pranks in the academy or reminding me to wake you up when you dozed off in the classroom after swimming. You were always such a character and you always made me smile!

It sounds like your son has become a fine young man, I am sure you are beaming with pride.

May you rest in peace for eternity. .

Officer Annie Starnes

December 14, 2006

I know you are now resting in peace. May you always protect our kids and keep them under your wings now that you are an ANGEL.


December 7, 2006

Hey pop it's rob, I just wanted to say hi and I know your happy to be up there. But we miss you ALOT and Abuela always talks about you and tells me how you were as a kid and all the wonderful things you did for her. Also Margaret I talk and she says I talk like you.And abuela misses you alot, she prays for you every day. And all of abuelas friends say I look just like you. So now I know where I get my good looks from. Plus I'm on the Volleyball team and I'm doing very good. And I'm doing very very good in school. I got 2 A's and 4 B's and for the first time I got no talkative remarks. so thats a BIG accomplishment for me. Also I know you'll be very proud of me and I know you are. And don't worry about me, Mom and Willy are taking very good care of me.And know I'm doing really good so I can get a good Education and have money to live a happy life. Well I just wanted to let you know I miss you sooooooooooooo much and I wish you were here to see what I'm doing. so good luck up there and I'll tell abuela what I wrote to you and how your doing.

From your 1 and ONLY SON ROBERT A. VARGAS.

Robert Anthony Vargas

October 13, 2006

I know that you must be in a better place. Robert Anthony and Amber older now and they are extremely proud of you. Those who life you touched will always miss you. As for me, you gave me the two most beautiful and loving kids in the world. Thank you for making me who I am today......a mother.

Barbie (Vargas) Dezayas
widow (WIFE)

October 13, 2006


In a day like today of remembrance you came into to my mind. I can not beleive how long it has been. My brother misses you a lot, my mother still cries when talk about you. Your mother is being look after by all of us. I remember the pranks, the jokes and all that sence of humor you had, since we were 14 years old we where friend...and more family. Gracias Roberto Vargas for being a friend, cousin and an officer. Love you allways, cuz! rip

Gerardo J Martinez

Gerry Martinez
Friend, Family

September 10, 2006

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