Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant Robert Manuel Cabral

Swansea Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Saturday, November 5, 2005

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Reflections for Lieutenant Robert Manuel Cabral

Lieutenant Cabral, it has been 17 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your military law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

November 5, 2023

Miss you Uncle Bob! I think of you often, swimming in the pool in the backyard the motorcycle rides up and down the street it's been more than 30 years but you pop up in my mind every so often!!
Love you,
Miss you,
your goddaughter,

Tabitha DaSilva

February 13, 2022

Rest in peace Lt. Cabral.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 29, 2020

Thinking of you on this day, Bobby. My love and support goes out to your brother Tommy, and all of your family. May you continue to patrol from Heaven and beam messages of love to those who are still down here.
with deepest respect,


November 5, 2016

Bobby was one of the most amazing men I have ever known. I knew him my whole life along with his entire family ....I still to this day talk about him with a smile...he touched so many people's lives. WE LOVE YOU BOBBY...and will never forget you!

Kim Carvalho-Wagner
family friend

May 11, 2016

I miss you so much Officer Bob you taught me so much between the D.A.R.E. program and about life in general. I know you're looking down at me and I am keeping my promise of finishing college and pursuing my dreams. I love you like a second father and your are very much missed but will never ever be forgotten EVER! <3

Brandon Nogueira
Student of DARE (like a father figure)

November 5, 2015

Hard to believe you've been gone 10 years. I still hear you calling me "Tommy". I love you Bobby and I miss you so much

Tom Cabral

November 4, 2015



November 5, 2013

I, too, am honored to send off my "No Parole for Cop Killers" letter on your behalf. We will never forget your service, dedication to duty and your sacrifice! Rest In Peace, Sir!


February 21, 2013

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.


Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 18, 2013

A "No Parole" letter for the thug that killed you has been sent. You will never be forgotten!

Kristi Porter
Surviving Adult Child

March 21, 2012

Intoxication should not lighten the penalty of killing another person. five to seven years is far too light a sentence. The full seven years should be served and penalties should be increased for this crime.

Officer McKissick
Bellingham Police Department

February 26, 2012

Please remember the dedication and ultimate sacrifice and do not parole murders of law enforcement officers.

Retired Lieutenant
Pasco County Sheriff's Office

February 23, 2012

We want to Thank you Lt. Cabral for your selfless service. We will never forget your sacrifice. We are praying that you killer will have to serve the maximum seven years for his choice to drink and drive. The tragic loss and pain that he has caused cannot be undone for those that know and love you. We will keep them in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace

Family of
Sgt. Howard K. Stevenson EOW 1/9/05

February 23, 2012

So saddened to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers and friends.

Reserve Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

February 23, 2012

I appreciate the accolades given to the Lt. by Mr. Silvia but something needs to be said about the irresponsible person who drove recklessly while intoxicated which resulted in the death of Lt. Cabral. The calvalier attitude by our society toward this crime is appalling. I feel sorry that Mrs. Cabal has lost her husband of many years and that his two children must now go through life without their beloved father. All because a selfish and irresponsible person decided to get behind the wheel of a car and drive while being intoxicated. Sadly, I saw this same type of tragic loss of life repeatedly happen many times ins my 30 year career in law enforcement. It was all so needless and this terrible loss of life can be a teachable moment for others to learn from.

Rest in peace brother. You had your life taken from you in service to your community. Thank you for your many years of contributions to the profession. You honored it admirably.

R. L. Dent
Oregon State Police (Ret.)

February 22, 2012

It is with heart felt regret that we had to loose an officer, but to fathom the thought of parole is unquestionable!! The person that made the CHOICE to drive while under the influence, did so knowing the laws and chose to disregard the law! The officer on the other hand did NOT have the choice to be where he was at the time of the incident. He did make the choice to protect and serve, and so we should forever protect those that make the choice to protect and serve, even when they can no longer make that choice themselves!

Correctional Officer

February 22, 2012

Bobby was so much more than just a Police Officer. He was a friend, a father, a coach, and. the DARE Officer. He was a kind man who always stopped to chat. This trajedy was my worst fear come true as a Police Officer's wife. I miss you at every event we go to. Rest in Peace Bobby.....never forgotten.

Renee M. Haslam, Swansea Police
Detective's Wife

February 22, 2012

I as a paramedic in town with Lt Cabral had the misfortune of not only knowing the offender but also knowing LT Cabral . Also having been dispatched to the scene of the call and knowing the parties involved was a very emotional night . Lt Cabral was a great officer for a long time and serve with distinction. We who knew him will always have the lessons and wisdom given so freely to enrich our lives and careers....

Joseph Silvia
Swansea Rescue (Ma)

February 22, 2012

It is a shame that a person who chose to drive while he was intoxicated and crashed head on with Lt. Cabral causing his death would receive such a short sentence.
It is also an insult to the family of Lt. Cabral and all law enforcement officers that this person can be considered for parole. He should at least serve his whole sentence.

Santiago Garcia, MOPH First Responders
Military Order Of The Purple Heart

February 22, 2012

What terrible tragedy with the resulting sentence only 5-7 years. I wonder how many previous DUI's this murderer had prior to this incident. Hopefully he will serve every single day of his sentence. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Lt Cabral. Thank you sir for your man, many years of service to Massachusetts and to America. Rest in peace brother.

Retired Deputy Donnie Meaders
Seminole County (OK) Sheriff's Office

February 22, 2012

Thank you Lieutenant Cabral for your fine service and dedication to the fine folks in Swansea, MA. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

May you forever continue, to rest in peace, my brother.

I have sent my letter to the parole board today, to keep your killer behind bars !!!!!

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 22, 2012

Dear Bobby:
You have been in my thoughts all week, most especially today. Your loss is our loss. Our hearts are always heavy without you. I know you are safe now, but still, your absence here never gets easier. Thank you for your service, honor, and courage. With deepest love and respect,


November 5, 2011

Dearest Bobby:
Remembering you especially today with love, pride, and honor. You will never be forgotten. Thank you for your service. You are missed beyond words. Please continue to keep watch over your family and help Tommycia each day!
With loving respect:


November 5, 2010

It was 5 years ago tonight, but I still remember like it was yesterday. Your missed and will never be forgotten.

Trooper Justin Robidoux
Maryland State Police

November 5, 2010

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