Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Wednesday, October 25, 1972

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Reflections for Sergeant Robert W. Bennett

Sergeant Robert W. Bennett did security work at the Parma mall when I was just a kid working at one of the stores. Sergeant Robert W. Bennett was one of the finest, kindest man I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. As he walked his beat in the mall he would stop in the shop I managed and we'd shoot the bull for hours over the course of both our shifts. It's been 40 plus years and I still remember him and decided to look him up by name and found out he died a hero. He would go out a hero he would have it no other way. I salute you Sergeant Robert W. Bennett, and I have cherished out talks for 40 years and learned a lot from you "partner"

Friend, Bob
Worked with him at the Parma Mall

August 27, 2019

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Sergeant Robert W. Bennett Parma Heights Police Department, Ohio and the additional 73 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

October 26, 2017

I had just turned 12 years old when this happened. My Father was Robert's friend. We had been to his house many times. We lived on the next street over, Parma Park. We were going hunting with Robert and his son the next month, that never happened.
I still remember the back of that bank building, when ever I pass the bank that is there now(Fifth third) who ever is in the car with me hears the story of what happened that day.

I'm 56 years old now, You are not forgot Robert.

Greg Newkirk

December 6, 2016

Our promise to him; Always honored, never forgotten, forever grateful for his service to his community and to our nation.

Sgt. T Jake Jones
Greater Cleveland Police Memorial Society, Ohio

October 25, 2016

Hero and Warrior!!


June 12, 2015

Gone, but not forgotten.
Continue to keep watch over us all.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

October 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 38th 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.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 25, 2010

"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 8, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

This writer is pleased that justice was quickly served on your behalf.


October 20, 2007

I am Robert W. Bennett the 3rd, Sgt. Bennett was my grandfather. His life was taken thirteen years before I was born. I've always wished that I had the chance to meet him. I feel very honored to be the grandson and carry the same name of a known hero. I also wanted to give out a thanks to all of the people who comforted and supported my immediate family during the time of this tragic incodent.

February 26, 2006

A true in peace brother..

patrol officer
cleveland police

February 22, 2006

We still mourn your loss yet rejoice that a hero is forever on patrol in glory.

Chief of Police / Olen M. Young
Wauneta PD Nebraska

October 26, 2005

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

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 25, 2004

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