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

Robbie, I wanted to let you know that you are missed very, very much by me and I am proud that you were my friend. The day that you were killed I was on my way back to Villa Rica after attending a drug task force meeting.



I then heard the radio traffic and I answered a civilian on the radio and they said "Officer Down @ the 18mm, The Officer Is Shot", my heart almost stopped. I turned on my bluelights and siren and came to the scene to see how bad.



I arrived and seen that you were already walking with Jesus, I started to cry and I knew I had to get to Lisa as fast as I could. I arrived at you house and Lisa met me at the door with that beautiful smile and she ask "How are you doing chief" and I told her that you had been shot and was very bad. I was then asked to tell the truth and I told her that you were gone. I took her Lauren and Cody to the hospital and we were told at 1550hrs that you were dead.
I want you to know that my heart is broken and I look for you to call every night as you have done. I will do everything in my power to see your murderer is brought to justice.



I think you would want me to look in to see if the family is alright and I will continue to do so.
This murderer doesn't know the grief he has caused on you family and friends. I want you to know that I love yah bro and it was a privilege to personally know you for 21/2 years! Robbie you were a number one family man and police officer and you can never be replaced. I am comforted to know that you were a Christian and I know we will meet again. I pledge that your fight on the war on drugs will continue as long as I am police chief! So, my best friend and warrior. So my hero please rest and sleep well, sleep well it will be alright!

Chief Dean Maddox
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

We wish to express our sympathies to the Family of Captain Robbie Bishop. We attended one of his Drug Interdiction Schools in December of 98' in Decherd, Tennessee. That was the first time that we had met Robbie, but we felt like we had known him for-ever. His class and personal dedication toward the war on drugs has inspired us.



Lincoln County Sheriff's Dept.

Lincoln County, Tennessee



Bill Reavis -- K-9 Handler

Rodney Callahan -- K-9 Handler

I was one of Robbie's first partners in the early years (1990) of his drug interdiction crusade in Cherokee County GA. Robbie taught me a lot in those early years about loyalty, dedication, and being a good and honest cop. I remember many long days and nights of sitting along I-75 waiting for that first and then next major bust. I remember times when I would go home from work and when I returned the next evening I would find Robbie still prowling. Robbie's impact on those that he trained and worked with is just as important as the drugs he seized in thinking of Robbie's legacy. Robbie was an inspiration to many to be the best at what they do. Robbie was a great person, friend, and cop. Robbie will definitely be missed by many. I am starting a campaign to have either the portion of I-20 where Robbie was murdered or the 2.5 miles stretch of I-75 in Cherokee County named the Robbie Bishop Memorial Hwy. I have sent a letter to the governor of GA and many other politicians.

Officer Jeff Shields
Department of Veterans Affairs

I am the editor of the Villa Rican, the local newspaper in Villa Rica, Ga. I was fortunate enough to have met and worked with Capt. Robbie Bishop, and I was terribly saddened at his death. Robbie's wife, Lisa, was gracious enough to talked to me about Robbie's life and her struggle to cope with his death. Her strength is inspirational. Although she shared with me -- and my readers -- very private, emotional moments, she asked very little in return. The only thing Lisa asked was that I put in my article that she would like the officers who attended Robbie's funeral to send their business cards to her so she could place them in a scrapbook for her two children, Cody and Lauren, so that when they grew up they would understand what an exceptional police officer Robbie was.



I, and the people of Villa Rica, would greatly appreciate it if the officers who visit this site would send their cards to Lisa care of the Villa Rica Police Department at 101 Main Street, Villa Rica, Ga. 30180. I would consider it a further favor if they would spread the word, either through the Internet or through their departments, and encourage others to send their business cards.



Even if you didn't attend the funeral, I'm sure Lisa would welcome the card.



I know it would mean a lot of Lisa and one day it will mean a lot to Robbie's two wonderful kids.



Yours,

Chris Joyner

Managing Editor

The Villa Rican

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Robbie,



It's been 3 yrs since attending your class in Roswell and I really learned a lot from you. I have tried to apply it every day and when I thought of giving up, your fire and motivation always came to mind. when I would call you on the cell phone for tips or information, you were always confident and eager to pass it on. For this is not one mans battle it's every cops war.



Even though we were far apart in distance, as we talked while sitting on the interstate, it seemed as if we were in the same car. The last words I heard from you I'll always remember, "Wow look at that one! What is he doing ? Gotta go buddy.



Rob, I'll never forget you. And to your family, I pray for you each day. The war still rages on as you would do for others.



And for our grieving brothers and sisters i leave this passage from St. Matthew 5 9-10.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


See ya Buddy,

In Christ Jesus



Sgt Allan Johnston
Commerce Police Dept

Sergeant Allan Johnston
Commerce Police Department, GA

Robbie you taught me a lot, you were never too busy to share you knowledge, and you friendship with me. You were a good friend/co-worker, and you are truly a hero. the mark you left on the world and on the lives of the people you worked with will live on forever. I know your looking down on us, and watching over us. We love you and miss you, and it is truly an inspiration to see how strong your family has been during this entire ordeal. I don't know what else to say, but we do miss you and that the fight will go on.

Sgt. Scott Parker
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

These hearts were woven of human joys and cares,

Washed marvelously with sorrow, swift to mirth.

The years had given them kindness. Dawn was theirs,

And sunset, and the colors of the earth.

These had seen movement, and heard music; known

Slumber and waking; loved; gone proudly friended;

Felt the quick stir of wonder; sat alone;

Touched flowers and furs and cheeks. All this is ended.



There are waters blown by changing winds to laughter

And lit by the rich skies, all day. And after,

Frost, with a gesture, stays the waves that dance

And wandering loveliness. He leaves a white

Unbroken glory, a gathered radiance,

A width, a shining peace, under the night.



- Rupert Brooke -



Thank you CPT Bishop. Though it may not seem like it a great majority of the time, we do appreciate everything that you all do for us. God bless you all and especially bless the family of CPT Bishop and the loved ones of his fellow officers. You are appreciated.

SPC Kevin Johnson
US Army

When God Made Peace Officers



When God made Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, 'You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.' And the Lord said, ' Have you read the spec on this order?



A peace officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn't touch, and not wrinkle his uniform. ' He has to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day. 'He has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals. And he has to have six pairs of hands. '



The angel shook her head slowly and said, 'Six pairs of hands ... no way.' 'It's not the hands that are causing me problems,' said the Lord, 'it's the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.' 'That's on the standard model?' asked the angel.



The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, 'May I see what's in there, sir?' (When he already knows and wishes he'd taken that accounting job.) ' Another pair here in the side of his head for his partners' safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, 'You'll be all right ma'am, when he knows it isn't so. '



'Lord,' said the angel, touching his sleeve, 'rest and work on this tomorrow.' 'I can't,' said the Lord, 'I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck.'



The angel circled the model of the peace officer very slowly, 'Can it think?' she asked. 'You bet,' said the Lord. ' It can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes; recite Miranda warnings in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop ... and still it keeps its sense of humor.



This officer also has phenomenal personal control. He can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim's family, and then read in the daily paper how law enforcement isn't sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects. '



Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the peace officer. 'There's a leak,' she pronounced. 'I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.' 'That's not a leak,' said the lord, 'it's a tear.' 'What's the tear for?' asked the angel. 'It's for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, for justice.'



'You're a genius,' said the angel.



The Lord looked somber. 'I didn't put it there,' he said.



- Unknown



......I love you, Robbie

Anonymous

God bless you and your family, you are truly a hero. May you rest in peace. To the family of this hero remember he is in a better place now, and he is now watching over you, keeping you safe.

Anonymous
Louisville, KY

ROBBIE EVEN THOUGH WE NEVER MET, I TRIED SEVERAL TIMES TO CALL YOU,BUT OBVIOUSLY YOUR A BUSY MAN... IVE TAKEN SEVERAL INTERDICTION COUURSES WHERE YOUR VIDEOS WERE USED. I CAME BACK TO MY DEPARTMENT TO TRY AND SPREAD THE WORD.



I DEDICATE 1999 IN YOUR MEMORY AND GOD SPEED ROBBIE.
GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.

Deputy Mike Rogier
JOHNSON CO. SHERIFF DEPT

"Is daddy coming home soon?" asks a precious little face.

"It's past when he should be here. Is he working on a case?"

Your dad's not coming home son. He's working late tonight.

He's a policeman up in heaven, making sure we're all alright.

"But mommy, why'd he leave us? I miss him when he's gone."

I know you miss him darling, but now we must be strong.

"Who's gonna teach me baseball, and help me fly my kite?"

And help me with my homework, and buy my first bike?"

Your daddy loved you darling, and he didn't want to leave.

But a bad man took, your daddy, and left us all to grieve.

Be proud of who your daddy was, and how he earned his pay.

Because it's people like your daddy that keeps us safe each day.

"Mommy, when I get bigger, and if it's ok with you,

I'm gonna be like daddy, and be a policeman too."



Your friend always...…

R/Capt. G. Eisenbrandt
Cherokee Co. S.O.

Robbie though we never met you have always been an inspiration to myself and other officers. You are a true WARRIOR against the criminal element that took you away from us. Although the Thin Blue Line will never be the same without you the fight will not end. God Speed!

Sgt. Butch Askew
Columbia County Sheriff's Office

Robbie, we never met but I did have the pleasure of speaking with you on the phone once. I first heard of you when i saw a video titled life on the edge. I would watch the tape before going to work and only dream of making stops like you did. Robbie, I admired you , you will always be my hero and inspiration. You have touched so many lives and the fight will continue with the war on drugs. God bless you and your family. You will always be loved and dearly missed.

Anonymous

I can remember sitting in a drug interdiction class in NC and seeing you in action, from the look on your face in the videos it was easy to tell you loved your profession. Though we never met, it was like I knew you. I remember coming back to my home telling my wife about the awesome guy on the video from Georgia his name was "Bishop". I've only been on the force about 2 years and I love my job, I wouldn't trade it for anything, you instilled a hunger in me for the hunt for drugs and to get the bad guy's off the street. Its amazing how one 30 minute video with you in action could change so many officers out look on their jobs, their strive to be better, and to be like you. Reading the reflections from others on this page gives me more strive to be like you, I feel I've been cheated, never getting to meet you in person. But I will get to meet one day, and I look forward to it but for now, I'm gonna keep the fight alive on the war on drugs and keeping bad guy's off the street. Pray for us all Captain.

Anonymous

I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but you were my hero. I don't use that word often, so, to me anyway, it means a lot. As a certified interdiction instructor, I always get "born again hard" when I see you in action! I have your video "Livin' on the Edge", and I watch it about 5 times a month before going to work. I work along I-94 between Chicago and Mpls. I have had probably one-one thousandth of the success you have had but I never fail to get "5%er" motivated when I see you in action. I was very pleased when I read on the Reflections that you were saved. My wife and I are praying for your family. God speed Robbie, and I will see you there someday! I'm looking foreword to trading war stories. My next load is for you.

Take care bro.

Trooper Larry Brown
Wisconsin State Patrol

Robbie,



I currently instruct and work interdiction in the same manner and fervor as you did. When I got the news that this terrible thing had occurred, it was as if a piece of me had been taken away forever. Each day I leave for work I give my wife and two children a kiss and hope that I will survive the day ahead. I will dedicate my sons first baseball game to you this
season my friend. You were a winner and you will always be remembered in that way.



You were the best of the best and you will be greatly missed by all. Your battle will continue in my name.

Bob Lanese
FL

Robbie, though I never had the pleasure of meeting you, you touched my life and never even knew it. It is widely known that you were and will always be recognized as a legend and a hero for your diligent, passionate work in drug-interdiction and the training of other officers.



As the wife of a police officer, I have been aggravated by missed holidays and late nights and fussed.... when what I should be doing is living each day as though it may be our last.
I was so touched by the stories from my husband and other officer's that attended your funeral about how you had reassured your wife and children that you would always see them again someday and would be waiting for them in heaven.
What a gift you've given during your time here on earth, to any child that may have turned away from drugs because of you or anyone's life you've saved by putting them in jail and keeping them from harming themselves or those around them..... and what a gift you have given to your wife & children and family to give them the guarantee of being with them eternally, in Heaven.



You are a Hero, Robbie and shall be remembered as such.…

Tracey Weathers
Wife of Police Officer

Robbie even though we never met. I will always remember the desire you had to keep drugs off the streets for tomorrow's generations. Your Dream and Fight to do so will go on. This I promise you. May God's peace and love be with those love ones you left behind.

Patrolman Stephen Ayers
Fairmount Police Department, GA

Although I have never met you, you gave the ultimate sacrifice to your department and your country.



The Final Inspection



The officer stood and faced his God,

Which must always come to pass.

He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.



"Step forward now, Officer,

How shall I deal with you?

Have you always turned the other cheek?

To my church have you been true?"



The officer squared his shoulder and said,

"No, Lord, 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've 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 got to steep.



And I never passed a cry for help

Though at times I shook with fear.

And sometimes, God forgive me,

I've wept an unmanly tear.



I know I don't deserve a place

among the people here.

They never wanted me around

except to calm their fear.



If you've a place for me here, Lord,

it needn't be so grand.

I never expected or had too much,

But if you don't... I'll understand.



There was silence all around the throne,

where the saints often trod.

As the officer waited quietly

for the judgment of his God.



"Step forward now, Officer.

You've borne your burdens well.

Come walk a beat on heaven's streets,

You've done your time in hell".

Lt. C. Hall

Robbie, I moved here to Georgia to start my career in law enforcement. When I met you and heard your stories about the job, I became more hungry to be in this field. I applied with Villa Rica because I wanted to work with you and learn from you. They weren't hiring, but it is okay just the same. I feel blessed having felt your energy and motivation to be the good guy, and I was more secure than ever in the thought that I was headed down the right path. My friends, since your death, have asked me "...are you sure you still want to do this?" in regards to my chosen career path. My response to them is a resounding "yes.. now more so than ever." We have to fight the good fight, my friend, and knowing that my brothers and sisters will be by my side always, as they were with you, is comforting enough that I can carry on. Since I have decided to pursue this career, I have felt more love and camaraderie than I ever felt in my real family life. This, I now know, is how a real family should be. I miss you



I love you, Robbie...we all do.

Detention Officer Ruth Eppison
Roswell Police Department, GA

The Blue Warrior



"And when I stood this lonely post,

with pride full in my heart.

I placed myself in harms opened arms,

to fulfill my destined part.

I stood my ground, I fought my war,

I took my chances true.

And all I've lost and all I've gained,

I did it all for you.

So when you see the warriors deeds,

and his armour made of blue.

Remember that the war he fought,

was fought and won for you!"



Allen Woffard, SentryCorp

1-28-98



God bless the warrior and his family.

Allen Woffard
SentryCorp

Thank you for battling to keep drugs out of not only your community, but everywhere. Untold numbers of people never had the drugs made available to them because of your dedication. Though I never met you, I can easily recognize the obvious - you are an American hero.

Anonymous

No one person could ever describe Robbie and the type of person and officer he was. He was larger than life. I myself worked with him for two years and had no idea how great of a person he really was. He is the officer so many of us strive to be. He is a hero to me in a world where a hero is hard to find. Heaven recruited one great soldier the day Robbie passed away. Robbie, please watch over us all, and whisper a prayer for us when you see us in need. In two words, Thank you!

Sgt. Jesse Hambrick
Villa Rica Police Department, GA

Rob has given me and several of friends so much knowledge and information that I can not believe what i am reading. But he will no longer have to sell VHS tapes to help pay for the law suits. He will no longer have to worry about a lawyer trying to get the evidence suppressed. He will no longer have to worry about chasing the bad guys. Just worry about the ones you left behind, and hope that some day we will join you in the heavenly force that awaits us all.



Thanks so much !!!

Patrolman Joe Smith
Columbus Police Department, GA

"Now the laborer's task is over;

  Now the battle day is past;

Now upon the farther shore

  Lands the voyager at last.

Father, in Thy gracious keeping

Leave we now thy servant sleeping."



"I will always remember you Robbie."

Detective Lorraine Floyd
Eton Police Department, GA

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