Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Captain Robbie Edward Bishop

Villa Rica Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Wednesday, January 20, 1999

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Reflections for Captain Robbie Edward Bishop

THE THIN BLUE LINE



There are those who've gone before us

who we long to see again

Fathers, Mothers, Loved ones

And some we just called FRIEND

They chose to make a Difference

To walk the "Thin Blue Line"

They took a call to duty

But they were Warriors just the same

For those of us they fought for

Their death was not in vain

He chose to take the Gauntlet

And walk the "The Thin Blue Line"

For those of you who are STRONG enough

please join us anytime

For the Line it isn't easy

Its Not Safe For Body Or Soul

Lynn Morris
Carroll County SO

always a friend and always remembered, we bring you up everyday, i miss ya on the 1.9 miles, but now i got a angel watching now, we got 750.000 awile back and we could see ya smiling, we love you

bubba and alex
spalding county

Robbie,



It is July 26th 1999, I have to tell you that we still miss you here and your work is still going on. On Friday I lost another friend Sgt. Steve Reeves and please take care of him and his partner Steve Gilner in heaven I know they are in the hands of the lord. I see Lisa and the kids often as possible and Vicki and myself along with several others will always be there for them. I just want to say Thanks for being my friend and we all will see you someday soon!



Love ya Bro!

Chief Dean Maddox
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

Robbie, you are truely the "BEST OF THE BEST"!!!

Ryan Morgan
Madison Police Department

robbie its now july 13th and i was sitting here thinking about you and by brother that was killed by a drunk driver and you know the pain never goes away and it don't seem to get any better. i loved you robbie just like a brother and i know one of these days i will see you and eddie again. so until then sleep well warrior i love you robbie

lynn morris
carroll county so

Captain Robbie Bishop, Lisa Bishop, Lauren and Cody,



I Feel truly honored to have known Robbie Bishop, and to have been able to call him my friend. I looked up to Robbie like he was my big brother, and I was always overwhelmed with his devotion towards his work, and his greater devotion to his family. I always looked forward to and now I will miss those phone calls , listening to him unselfishly share his knowledge with me. Following that tragic day in January, I lost a lot of the motivation and desire that he had instilled in me, until I realized that Robbie is up there watching over all of us, and he would be pretty disappointed if we all gave up on this drug war that he fought for so many years, and I know that he would want all of us to carry on with what he started, and we will. Robbie was one of a kind, and he was and always will be the epitome of what we all strive to become. Rest in peace warrior, you are truly missed.

Officer Michael Garbo
Metro Nashville Police Department, Nashville,Tn

I never had the oppotunity to meet Capt. Bishop or work with him directly, but he was my brother, and I miss him greatly.

Res. Ofc. Greg Hollingsworth
Henry Co. Police

Capt Robbie Bishop, Lisa and Family,



I never met Capt. Bishop but I feel the pain as every officer and
concerned citizen does. Capt. Bishop lived in Paulding County where I serve
as a nightshift patrolman and have served on the force for the past 6
years. I wonder how many times I have past Robbie or Lisa on the road. I
now ride by the house where Robbie lived and think of the officer that once
lived there. I pray for you Lisa and I hope to be there for you if you need
me. I hope to be there for the kids too. I often wonder what would happen
to my wife and girl if I ever left this world, I pray that it doesn't
happen. On the day the incident happened I was heart broken and actually
scared. Capt. Robbie Bishop, I wish I'd known you, May God bless all of
you and Law Enforcement Officers of this Nation.



Brotherly Love,

Mark Tinney P.C.S.O.

Deputy Mark Tinney
Paulding County Sheriff's Office

Robbie,


I'm still having trouble trying to put my words together, but I do know your missed so very much by everyone who knew you.



You are, and always will be a member of a big, and strong family. I'm also proud to be a member of that family, and miss you very much.



I think back at the times we spent working and training together, you were so giving in your knowledge. The talks we had together, about the job, our families, and God. I still remember the look on your face, when I picked up K-9 Yumbo and he bit me, and the look that must have been on my face.



I could go on, but as you would say,(Do you know how many bad guys you have missed sitting in front of that computer.) Robbie, I do love and miss you, but I also know I'll meet you in heaven again one day.



Mikki R. Bishop,

Sgt. Henry County P.D.

and K-9 Yumbo

Sgt. Mikki R. Bishop
Henry County Police Department

I didn't know Robbie Bishop, personally, but from the conversations I had with his fellow officers, I knew him to be an exceptional officer. His determination to "fight the good fight" will long be remembered by the legacy he leaves behind in the officers he trained, the communities he served, and in the family and friends he loved.



It was a distinct honor to have selected Robbie as Southern Lawman Magazine's Officer-of-the-Quarter for the spring 1999 issue. I appreciate the cooperation of the Villa Rica PD, Lisa Bishop, and Captain Toney Johnson, Robbie's fellow officer and friend, for being so kind in all of our conversations.



There is one more Centurion standing watch on heaven's streets . . . God bless all of you that continue the watch.

Chaplain Barry Hart
Henry Co. Sheriff's Office, TN

Dear Robbie,


Even though I never had the honor of meeting you in person I am truly inspired by the honor and legacy that you have left your fellow law enforcement brother and sisters with. I recently attended an I.C.E. training conference in which your partners and friends are doing a fantastic job of teaching even seasoned narcotics investigators your tried and true methods. Your enthusiasm for getting the bad guys and fighting the war on drugs has inspired me, forever. Your love for fighting evil is being passed on to us by your friends. Your courage, bravery, integrity and character is an example for us all to follow. The world is fortunate to have had Capt. Robbie Bishop fighting, keeping them and their children safe. May you rest in peace your memory will be with me and many other warriors, always. Robbie you continue to show us the way to win the battle through your teachings and videos. I now that you encourage, help, and stand by our side for back up when we are out there looking for those scratched up screws and "

Anonymous

Dear Daddy,

you are the only angel that died in our house. love ya.



Lauren Ashley (age 5)

Lauren Bishop
Daughter

Just Reward


The Police Officer stood and faced his maker,

which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shining,

just as highly as his brass.



"Step forward now, Police Officer

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To your maker have you been true?"



The Police Officer, with squared shoulders, said

"No sir, I guess I ain't.

Because those of us who carry badges

can't always be a saint.



I've had to work most Sundays

and at times my talk was rough,

and sometimes I have been violent,

because the streets are tough.



But I never took a penny,

that wasn't mine to keep.

Though I worked a lot of overtime

when the bills just got too steep.



And I never passed a cry for help

though at times I shook with fear,

and sometimes, please forgive me,

I've wept unmanly tears.



I know I don't deserve a place

among the people here.

They never wanted me around

except to calm their fears.



But if you have a place for me here,

well...it need not be too grand.

I never expected, or had too much

so if you don't...I'll understand."



There was a silence all around the room

where the saints respectfully stood.

As the Police Officer waited quietly,

for the judgement...bad or good.



"Step forward now, Police Officer,

you've borne your burdens well.

Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,

you've done your time in Hell!"

Anonymous

Robbie, you were without a doubt the best, but it was not just because of your drug statistics or arrests. Your magnetic personality and selflessness, your devotion to duty, your love for God and dedication to your family made you the best. I rode with you just a month before your death and your legacy will live in the lives of officers all around the world. Everyone asks the question.... What did Robbie do wrong on Jan. 20 1999, I'll answer that question....NOTHING. Robbie was the best reading people, the best on tactics and always watched his back. My prayers are with you Lisa, God bless you and the children. Part of America truly died on Jan. 20, 1999.


Goodbye Robbie.. you'll always be the "RENEGADE"

Investigator Jason Redman
Columbia Co SO, GA

ROBBIE,


I JUST RETURNED FROM FORSYTH, AFTER ATTENDING DOMESTIC DRUG INTERDICTION. IT WAS GREAT WITHIN THE FIRST COUPLE OF MINUTES OF SITTING IN CLASS I HEARD YOUR NAME FROM SEVERAL DIRECTIONS, AS THE TWO TROOPERS FROM FLORIDA ENTERED THE ROOM IT WASN'T LONG BEFORE ONE OF THEM ASKED DID YOU ALL KNOW ROBBIE BISHOP? AS I LOOKED AROUND THE ROOM I AM SURE THAT EVERY HAND IN THAT ROOM OF MORE THAN FIFTY PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE STATE WENT UP. DURING BREAKS WE WATCHED YOUR TAPES, ALSO ONE NIGHT A FEW OF THE GUYS AND ME WATCHED MORE OF YOUR TAPES. YOU ARE TRULY AN INSPIRATION TO ALL OFFICERS AROUND THE WORLD, AS I HAVE SAID BEFORE, WE MISS YOU WARRIOR, BUT THE FIGHT SHALL
GO ON.

Cpl Billy Walton
Bowdon Police Department K-9 Patrol

Robbie,


It seems like years ago I sat in a classroom, listening intently to every word you said, planning how I would put what you taught me to use. I'll never forget how you preached safety to us, first and foremost. I'll never forget the thrill of the hunt, and sometimes the chase that your imparted knowledge got me into. And most of all, I'll never forget you Robbie.....part of America died with you.


To our fellow officers....watch for "The Drive".


Robbie, I'll see you at line-up! Rest in peace Brother. And to your wife and sons, You will never be alone....Robbie is right there, watching over you. My prayers are with you.

Detective Martin Penny
Red Bank Police Department, TN

ROBBIE,


THOUGH I NEVER MET YOU ONE ON ONE I ATTENDED ONE OF YOUR CLASSES IN VILLA RICA, IT REALLY INSPIRED ME. I USE THE TECHNIQUES A LOT. THE GUYS ON THE ICE TEAM ARE STILL DOING A GOOD JOB.I HOPE THAT ONE DAY I TOO CAN BECOME A ICE TEAM MEMBER. CHIEF MADDOX IS KEEPING YOUR SPIRT ON THE INTERSTATE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUGS AND HE IS DOING A GREAT JOB. I WISH I COULD HAVE MET YOU ROBBIE, CAUSE YOU ARE JUST LIKE I WANT TO BE A DRUG WARRIOR. WE WILL MISS YOU!!!!

Cpl. Billy Walton
Bowdon Police Department - K9 Patrol

CAPTAIN ROBBIE BISHOP...CALLED TO HIGHER DUTY



Officer Down...Officer Down...I Faintly heard the call.

I was standing by a stairway, leaning against the wall.



Officer Down...Officer Down...



Signals got crossed, something went wrong. I never let down my guard.



There was blinding pain in my head...That hit was pretty hard.



I looked around and saw some cops running swiftly to my aid.

Confused and disoriented, I said, "I thought you guys were dead."



Then they put their arms around me and asked, "Robbie, how do you feel?"


I shook my head. I felt great..."But, is this place for real?"


Officer Down...Officer Down...



I heard a sound from the top of the stairs, a voice saying, "Robbie, come on in. You've been called to Higher Duty by a very special Friend."



Tears rolled down my Face as I looked up and recognized my Lord.



Officer Down...Officer Down...The words echoed all around.

I heard the sound of weeping, voices calling..."Robbie Please Come Back!"



I Love you guys and I'm sorry to Leave you, but Fate stepped in with a mortal attack. I was struck by a bullet... and there's no turning back.


I've been called to Higher Duty by The Chief at the top of the stairs.



The Final battle is coming and HE wants me to train some new troops over there.



I know all of you are hurting, but please try to understand.

I've been called to Higher Duty by GOD, not man.



Carry on with the fight so every kid can play on a drug Free street. Just think of me and I'll be there when you're cruising along your beat.



I'll be watching out for you. So, until again we meet...



STAY SAFE OUT THERE....



Officer Down...Officer Down...



"Cancel that...This Officer Went UP."



This Message was written after much prayer. I am "Just A Mom." I held the clipboard.



To Lisa, the children, Dean and all the precious people I met that day.



God Bless You All.



Taylor @ CopsonLine

"Walker Of Stones"

.RLG.

Anonymous

ROBBIE YOU ARE ALLREADY MISSED VERY MUCH I SIT AND WAIT ON THE PHONE CALL FROM YOU TO TELL ME HOW MANY POUND, OR HOW MUCH MONEY THIS TIME.I THINK ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOOKED FOWARD TO YOU COMING DOWN AND RIDING WITH MY BROTHER AND I. I WISH OUR FRINDSHIP COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER AND LONGER BUT AS LISA SAID THEIR IS A REASON FOR EVERTHING. SOMETHING I JUST CANT UNDERSTAND .WHY YOU WHEN YOU HAD EVERY THING GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, AND ALL THE TRASH IN THE WORLD WE CANT DO NOTHING WITH . AS THE CHIEF SAID THE FIGHT IS ON ,AND I KNOW YOU HAVE A FRONT ROW SEAT BROTHER . YOU HAVE MADE A POSSITIVE IMPRESION ON ALOT OF PEOPLE OUT HERE AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE OUR HERO.IF IT WASNT FOR YOU I CAN SAY MY MAYOR AND CHIEF MIGHT NOT GIVE THE SUPPORT THEY DO , BUT WITH YOU BESIDE ME ,AND THEIR SUPPORT WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING THE FIGHT



I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU TO LISA ALSO FOR BEING THEIR FOR US ,WHEN WE SHOULD BE THEIR FOR HER .SHE IS VERY STRONG PERSON

K9 Sgt. W.A. Gilham
McDonough Police

I didn't know Officer Bishop. I attended classes where his video tapes were used. My father has been in law enforcement my entire life and now I'm a police officer also. I have a beautiful wife and three of the greatest boys in the world. Reading these reflections has touched me so much. It takes a special person to be a "cop". It takes a VERY special person to be a "cops" wife! God bless Mrs. Bishop and I only hope your husbands memory and dedication will inspire many other officers to fight the good fight and to not give up. "We stand as one!" God Bless!!!

Ptl. Adam Floied
Manchester Police Department

I was there when you worked 16-20 hour days, many of which were unpaid.

I was there when you got only three hours sleep and would get up to take warrants on the bad guy.

I was there when you had to defend your traffic stops
against high-priced, sleazy lawyers.

But...

I was also there when you got your first drug stop.

I was there when you won your cases--- all your cases !!!

I was there when you were commended on a job well done.

And...

I was there the day America lost an extraordinary officer.

I was there and I held your hand. I loved you with the heart

I gave you 12 years ago.

I was there. I know the sacrifices that were made and the
difference you made in our world.



I was there in good times and bad times.. and I always will be.



Thank you..... for everything.



I Love You,



Lisa

Lisa Bishop

Dear Robbie,



January 23, 1999



I never believed this day would ever come though we clearly knew and understood the
risks involved. I am proud to call myself your friend. I will always love you as my
brother. I would like you to have this note containing some written and visual memories
that inspire me. I will never forget you or how much your friendship meant to me. You
were the most talented guy I ever knew. You never will cease to amaze me. Since the
day I heard of your tragic death I have been trying to accept this even now as I write this
letter. You can be sure that all will be OK here and that you did complete your tasks
before you left. I am proud of you.



I do not think you ever believed me when I told you how incredible you are. You always
just smiled and shrugged it off. I would bet your smiling down on me right now just for
thinking that. I am glad we shared very special times together. I will never forget how
you stood up for me and believed in me. You made me feel special when you walked
into the room. You always stood up for the under dog weather you knew them or not.
I was just fortunate to know you as my friend. You worked so hard for your family,
while making this world a better place for everyone. You shared your precious time
with all you could, teaching everyone all you knew about stopping dangerous drugs in
their tracks. God smiled on you every time when you would reach your goals and break
your very own records. Your the only guy I ever knew that wanted to be the best and told
everyone else your secrets. No one that knew you, would deny that you were the best,
except you. We had some great fun. Dale and I were talking last night about the three
of us and realizing how much we have grown in our lives from being friends. I want to
cry when I think about it. I miss you and just want you to know once again with this
short note that I miss you already and Love you very much. As always Robbie, if you
need anything at all just call on me...



Your loving friend,



Jef

Reserve Officer / Friend
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

Robbie, I want you to know that I miss you very much, you were one of my closest friends there will never be anyone else like you Bro. I want everyone to know that you are a Christian and you are walking the golden streets of heaven with the lord Jesus Christ. I will always look in on your wonderful family and will do anything I can for them, I know that you would have done the same for me. The law enforcement community has lost a good friend and teacher and the war on drugs will continue as long as I am police chief. Robbie I feel I have lost a part of my family and my heart is broken, I love ya bro, I love ya.



So in closing I will repeat what the Sheriff said in N.C. SLEEP WELL WARRIOR, SLEEP WELL! I am also a Christian and I will see you again someday ,so keep me a place near you and pray for me to make the right decisions in the operations of the police department.
Thank you Bro, Thank you.

Chief Dean Maddox
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

Robbie, just want you to know that i loved you like a brother and I'm gonna miss you. you were truly a hero. I know that I will see ya again though so please save me a seat next to you and our lord you'll never be forgotten love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lynn Morris
Carroll County Sheriff's Department, GA

the streets are crowded, all with dope.

residents say there isn't any hope.

robbie bishop saw the key,

the key which could save the lives of him, you and me.

he did his job,

he did it well.

he stopped the pot,

they went to jail.

over and over he succeeded again,

but he knew he could make it better than when he began.

he had devotion,

he had the dream,

he worked the notion,

he stopped the schemes.

when there was no way,

robbie bishop stayed astray.

when times were tough,

robbie bishop popped the cuff.

he hoped for peace,

he helped release,

the drugs aside the shore,

with open eyes,

he must despise,

and go on search for more.

now he's gone but still we see,

the more safe community he made for you and me.



we love you robbie, lisa, lauren, and cody

Alicia Pugh
Age 14

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