Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman John Harold Robinson, Jr.

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, December 1, 1999

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Reflections for Patrolman John Harold Robinson, Jr.

Rest in peace Patrolman Robinson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 19, 2022

It has been twenty years since we had to say Good-bye to you. I never knew that at 12:20 A.M. would be the last time I would hear your voice. You are now looking down from heaven and see how wonderful your son has grown up. He has become a wonderful man and father. Wishing you could be here to be apart of there lives. You will always be missed.

Patrolman Barbara Robinson
Memphis Police Dept.

December 1, 2019

My name is Kathy Jane Lankford, my mother was Oakley Rose Robinson. I am John Harold Robinson Sr's niece. I am now 67 years old, but I remember countless wonderful times when Uncle Herald would bring Aunt Elizabeth and the kids up to Dickson County for long week ends and endless home cooked fish suppers. John Jr., even as a young boy, was a wonderful person. This was back in the 1950's. His memory is a blessing. As a little country girl, I was so proud to have them for my mom's relatives. This was soon after the war, when Uncle Herald had fought so courageously.


June 4, 2018

Today it has been 18 years since you left us, You were my husband, father of my child and brother in blue. RIP John H Robinson Jr. Never Forgotten.

Patrolman Robinson
Memphis Police Dept

December 1, 2017

Erin, I can still recall the morning of 12/01/99 like it was yesterday. I was working MHN ER at the time and called the North Precinct to report an incident. Anytime Big John was on duty he'd be the first one to the ER. And before he'd leave he'd always say, "I'll See You Guys Later." Little did we know that would be the last time, until we get to hang out with him again for all eternity!!!

Big John was on his way home on Thanksgiving morning, he said, he just wanted to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving. Out of all the Police Officers in Memphis, John was ours!!! I sincerely miss him to this day!!!

Erin, I want you to know, I went to the first anniversary of 9/11 in his honor. I handed out a tape of the song that was written for him, "Hero In Blue." "Gone to Soon" by Michael Jackson and some of the stories off of the local radio station that paid tribute to him. I showed some of the officers your Christmas Picture from 1999. I told them how they were heroes as well, like our Big John.

My thoughts and prayers continue for you and your family, John made an eternal impact on my life and I share his story whenever I get the opportunity. God Bless All of Our Heroes In Blue!!!

Alex Williams, RN

February 19, 2014

Memories of Big John.... I spend 7 days in a high-crime area as a new Memphis officer and then get assigned with John riding 192A in Raleigh. My first foot chase and first recovered stolen car. Memphis and Raleigh are lesser places because of your absence.

Heroes Live Forever and we rest easy knowing you are in extremely good company. God bless you my friend.

Chaplain Jeff Billingsley
Badges that Care United
Oklahoma City OK USA
Survivor 1994
Retired Police Officer, Memphis TN

April 21, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you.
Both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 3, 2009

Dear John as your friends and family celebrate your 10th annivsary do know that your loved by all!


December 1, 2009

On this 10th anniversary of this Warrior's death, May God Grant his Family, Fellow Officers, and Friends, the Serenity to accept the things they cannot Change, the Courage to change the things they can, and the Wisdom to know the difference...We will not forget....

Officer Debra McFall Ross
East Buffalo Township Police

December 1, 2009

It would be nice if we had another part of you to love, so if there is another little girl out there who belongs to you, I would love for our daughter to meet her. She would love to have another sister.


August 20, 2009

John, I wish you could be here to walk your daughter, Christina, down the aisle as she marries a wonderful Marine soon. She looks so much like you. Thank you for giving me a beautiful niece who is dearly loved. You are missed. Rest in Peace


December 29, 2008

You beautiful soul! there are NO words that will ever express how you touched my life! You always said I will have you with me everyday, how true those words are. She is as beautiful as you. She looks at me and you are looking back. My only regret is I never told you. But some how you knew. THANK YOU for our daughter!!!!!!!!!!!

June 15, 2008


Sgt. Meshia Thomas

June 6, 2008

Patrolman Robinson, thank you for your service and dedication. Continue to watch over your family giving them the love, guidance and support they need. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 1, 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 30, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

manchester, nh

December 1, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol. My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on this anniversary of your EOW.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon

December 1, 2007

G-d Bless.

December 1, 2006

I thinking of you a couple days ago when another officer and myself were talking about old times. It just seems like yesterday I rode with you as a trainee, but it has been over 10 years ago. I still remember the good times I had with you, and much of what you taught me keeps me safe, even today. Almost six and a half years later you are still deeply you always will be. God Bless You, and your will not forgotten.

A Partner
Memphis Police Department

April 30, 2006

Your children would be about 12, 19 and 6 now... I pray for them everyday... I pray for everyone you left behind. I know you're happier in heaven, but the loss of such a dedicated man still stings.

God bless and keep you, and everyday. I wish healing and happiness to you and your beautiful children

Friend of Peter Grignon 3/23/05

December 1, 2005

On the anniversary of your death, I thank you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 1, 2004


While I never knew your husband I felt I had to write and let you know that to those of us who have served, he will always represent the best of our profession. Ours is a Brotherhood that knows no boundaries and pays distance no attention. No matter where we serve...we are all family. You and your children are as much a part of that family as John is. Please know that we will always be here for you, even if we live in other states, even other are always in our prayers.

While the pain of your loss will never be taken away, I pray that you celebrate the life of a true hero...your Husband and Father of your beautiful children. He will always be with you and will always watch over your family. I hope that as your children grow, they will read these reflections and realize that their Dad really is a true hero. Be proud of him and carry his legacy with you.

Rest easy Brother...we have the watch.

God Bless.

Ian Roberts - Retired Police Officer

March 16, 2004

John, I could not stop the tears. Your picture says it all.


January 31, 2004

We only recently learned of the death of Police Office John Harold Robinson,Jr. We wish to send our condolence to his family, and what a lovely family. Also to his co-workers. He will never be forgotten. God Bless each of you

Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Deputy Sheriff (Douglas County, Oregon)
Morris Taylor
EOW 9-14-02

January 28, 2004

"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."


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