Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert Nguyen

Jersey City Police Department, New Jersey

End of Watch Sunday, December 25, 2005

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert Nguyen

My father runs the Somerset County Police Academy and I remember Robert being featured front and center on CourtTV's "The Elite" television special a few years back. He certainly made quite a name for himself among his graduating class and I know not a day goes by when he isn't missed.

My heart goes out to his family and friends.

Anonymous

August 17, 2006

You are a true hero and will never be forgotten by your loved ones and neither will the Family Blue ever let you name be forgotten. Keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol over the Thin Blue Line.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen Chicago Officer
Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon, Chicago Gold Star Father

August 17, 2006

Officer Nguyen,

You are deeply missed by family, friends and co-workers. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

August 4, 2006

You will always be remembered! Thanks for your service.

July 24, 2006

I miss you so much. Watch over us and keep us safe.

PO. Talena Harris
JCPD

July 10, 2006

Not that the "2805" on the back of my helmet doesn't remind me every day that you ain't there. But the other day was the first time someone called me "motorcycle manzo" since you left. Keep an eye out...

P.O. Michael Manzo
Jersey City Police Department

July 7, 2006

Thinking of you often. I saw the garden dedication on TV the other day. My sister and I are going to visit it soon. Just remembering last 4th of July, and how you helped us get into Liberty State Park for the fireworks. I remember you making fun of my driving, but i was nervous. Even though we seldomly saw each other and hung out...I miss you! I guess it's just cause i know you won't be pulling up in my driveway looking for my sister so you can go hang out.

Missing you, clauds

Clauds

June 29, 2006

ROB,

I MISS YOU.

June 28, 2006

Dear Rob,
I just wanted to tell you that I miss you and think of you all the time. I was at a BBQ a few weeks ago at Anibal's house and for some reason I kept thinking you would show up. To see Eric, Alex and Anibal there and not you made me very sad. We all miss you very much. I remember the last time we spoke I was telling you I was getting ready to go to the academy and how I was a little scared of it and you told me I was going to do great and just encouraged me...I just wanted to thank you for those words and tell you that I've thought about you a lot while I've been here at the academy. Everytime I felt I couldn't do something I would just look up and say "Rob...help me out here" and you always did...so for that Thank You. You inspired me here while I've been in the academy and will inspire me forever...we miss you and will never forget you!!!

Det. Carla A. Espinel
Hudson County Prosecutor's Office

June 5, 2006

I've been thinking about you for ever. Sweetie I'm trying to cope with this but i feel so lost with out you. Every so often I replay your messages on my phone and all I could think about is your sweet smile and sparkling eyes. Love and Miss You
Nicky
Lucky 13

Nicky

May 30, 2006

Well Rob I did not know you however I was at the memorial paying tribute to my partner Officer Hank Nava who was killed this year also. I observed your family and how they honored your memory and you would have been proud.
To the family I am so sorry for your loss and from what I have learned about Officer Nguyen he was an outstanding officer. I wanted to say to the family that I had a good vantage point during the ceremony on monday where the family got to meet the President. I took a really good photo of one of his family members with the president and I have no idea if they have any pictures of this event. If you would like a copy of this photo please email me at [email protected] I am sorry for posting this on this media however I could not find another way to contact his family. My thoughts and prayers are with you and understand that he was a brother to more than just Jersey City. He was a brother to all officers across the nation. If there is anything that I could ever do for his family just let me know.

Officer S.E. Myers #2984
Fort Worth Police

May 28, 2006

Rob


JUST THINKING OF YOU


God i still can not believe this has happened

May 25, 2006

God Speed Brother.

May 18, 2006

Happy Birthday, Rob.
You are thought of and missed everyday.

Shannon & Toney

May 13, 2006

Happy Birthday Rob

always thinking of you

May 13, 2006

Rob,

Happy Birthday in Heaven...

Love and Miss you always,
Lisi

May 13, 2006

hey Rob

I review your reflections everyday. I love to read all the great things that people have to say about you. You are always on my mind and in my heart. Please know that I am thinking of you

love always

May 5, 2006

Thoughts of you fill my mind today. I know it's your way of reminding me that no matter what, you'll always watch over me and my family.

April 25, 2006

On april 22nd at Columbia Park two gardens were planted in memory of Shawn and Robert. Roberts mom and brother Mason were in attendance and planted many of the donated plants that made them feel much better . These gardens were lovenly planted along with a garden erected to Shawn Carson by fellow Police offices, ranking members school children and area residents.
There will be a formal dedication of the gardens May 25th at Columbia Park which is located off of JFK Bvd and lies between Winfield and Bartholdi Avenues. It will be attended bt family, friends police officers, residents and all area school children. Please feel free to attend

William (Bill) Gent

April 23, 2006

Rob,
Your passing is a tragedy that will burn in our hearts always but your memory will light our paths forever.
Reflecting on how you chose to live life and knowing what I do about mine, has led me to take more risks and never lose sight of what's important.
Thank you for opening my eyes to the world beyond my everyday existence. We sometimes lose touch with loved ones and live to regret it... You've inspired me to live a life full of love and no regrets and I thank you.
I know you're in heaven watching over all of us, including your fellow officers. You'll always be in our hearts and prayers.

April 7, 2006

May god bless you

Police officer Drewrey Lea
Franklin Twp

March 26, 2006

Rob,
You visit me very often in my mind and in my heart. It's still soo hard to believe that I will not see you again...here on earth. I feel as if this was just a dream and that I'm going to run into you in Jersey City, especially since I've moved back. What I'd give to see your smile and those "legendary dimples". You have taught me to not take any minute, or anyone, for granted and to live life because you never know when it'll be "your turn". You will always be in my heart...and please...check up on me every so often. Te veo un dia chulo.
BC
3.26.2006
ps: God Bless your family and everyone you touched.

March 26, 2006

A Friend is a Treasure
A friend is someone we turn to,
when our spirits need a lift.
A friend is someone we treasure,
for our friendship is a gift.
A friend is someone who fills our lives,
with beauty, joy and grace.
And make the world we live in,
a better and happier place.

An Old Friend
slgl

March 22, 2006

Officer Nguyen your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Care now. May you rest in peace brother....God Bless !!

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

March 22, 2006



Robert Nguyen's Eulogy


First of all, I must apologize in advance for what will probably be an awkward delivery of the hardest words I will ever have to write. We are all gathered here today to pay our respects to Rob and his family, and not to mourn Rob’s death but to honor the way in which he lived his life. I truly believe Roby would not want us crying but rather remembering all the good times, those of us who were fortunate enough, to share with him. I’d like to tell everyone who did not know Roby a little about how he lived. I knew Roby approximately twenty years. We played baseball for St. Aedan's baseball team and a youth flag foot ball team know as the Jersey City Tomatoes under the coaching expertise of Marty Murray who is also a Jersey City Police Officer. We attended the same High School(Hudson Catholic) and remember him as that dimpled face kid who was friends with everyone. Roby learned at a very young age how to interact with everyone. I can't remember anyone ever having anything bad to say about him. Roby and I lost touch during the College years but somehow we wound up playing for the same team once again. I remember the first day I saw Rob at the West District. I was surprised to see him in uniform. I wasn't aware that he wanted to become a police officer. I remember walking up to him shaking his hand, giving him a hug and congratulating him. Rob turned to me and said "I made it". He looked so proud standing there in his spotless uniform smiling with those dimples. I knew women would just go crazy over those dimples. But Roby had more than just a dimple, he had charisma. He was outgoing, understanding, optimistic, and a person who was always there to help anyone that needed help. Roby was a great man. The Jersey City Police Department definitely recognized the talent Roby possessed because no sooner had Roby graduated the Academy when he was assigned to the Special Investigations Unit. I recall Rob mentioning how much he enjoyed working in plain clothes in S.I.U. He told me the guys he worked with were a great bunch of guys. Rob often spoke of his partner, Hector Marrero, saying P.O Marrero was good at what he did and he was learning much from him. I could tell Rob had built a special bond with Hector because they were inseparable. Even for Orange Alert I remember seeing them together working the overtime. He spoke highly of him. After Rob had finished his assignment with S.I.U he had done such a good job he was asked where he wanted to go. Rob chose the Elite Jersey City Emergency Service Unit. Rob was eagerly anticipating the tactical and rescue training he would receive. I could tell Rob wanted to learn everything he could from the Emergency Squad. He had always been very receptive to any type of training he had been offered. It was definitely apparent from all the trophies, certificates, and plaques he had received since he was a little kid up until the end of his Police career. Under the supervision and guidance of our highly trained E.S.U supervisor Sgt. O’Connell, Rob quickly took to the training Sgt O’Connell offered all of us, repelling off of the New Jersey Turnpike Extension, Tactical entrances into rooms using distractionary devices, , rope training using the stokes basket to lift people who have been hurt on a fall, boat training, extrications, training on how to negotiate with suicidal emotional disturbed people which I must say Rob was very good at. Rob was known as (Yoda) because of his skills in using the Jedi mind trick (you don't want to jump). I recall one cold rainy night there was an E.D.P on the Communipaw bridge who was threatening to jump. Rob sprung into action while P.O E.Tavarez and myself harnessed up in the event we had to go down after him. Rob was calm and was able to get the E.D.P to talk to him. Rob touched on the subject of art. The E.D.P had told Rob he was an artist and he liked drawing. Once again Rob's expertise was evident in establishing a bond even with the most emotionally disturbed person. Rob spoke to him for approximately an hour convincing the e.d.p not to jump. I don't know if it was his calm demeanor or those dimples that had convinced the E.D.P but whatever it was he got the job done without incident. Rob really enjoyed his job but Rob was not only about work he also found time to play. From going out to clubs and lounges to taking vacations. Rob had a great time with his friends.
I remember going away on vacation with him three times. The first trip was to Dominican Republic. While some of us were looking to make friends with some ladies Rob was just sitting back and throwing those dimples out as bate. It was incredible without breaking a sweat they all flocked to him like he was the only man on the island. I have to be honest, this was the case in all three vacations we took. You're the man, I remember saying to him. Rob of course being the sarcastic individual he always was, would respond, no Alex you're the man you see the girls talk to me to get to you. That was Rob and I loved him for it. Our last trip together was to Hawaii Rob, Eric, Anibal, and myself for his 30th birthday May 13 of this past year. We had a great time and too many stories of things that happened to us out there to mention. Working at E.S.U I realized we all grew to love Rob a little more everyday he was there. During our time in E.S.U Rob and I moved in together. Roommates, co-workers, and friends I felt this was going to be trouble two single men living together. I just kept thinking about the parties that were to come, boy was I wrong. Rob treated his home as his refuge. I asked him what about a party and he said are you going to clean up and do the dishes afterwards, boy that idea went out the window real quick. Anyway I came to find out we were more like the odd couple, he was Oscar and I was Felix. I remember one time P.O Rosario came to the apartment to pick Rob up to go to A.C and P.O Rosario saw me sweeping and mopping. He said to me "hey Alex I hope Rob shares the chores at home with you" immediately Rob looked at P.O Rosario and said "hey let him concentrate on cleaning don't disturb him." Rob even turned the TV off on me and said I don't want you to get distracted from cleaning. When I come back from A.C I'll bring you a French maid's alfeit if you do a good job and off they went out the door laughing. I‘ll miss his witty sense of humor. Last night at his wake I came to realize how many achievements he had accomplished. He achieved graduating from college, he was his police academy leader, he excelled at everything he dedicated time to but what really made an impression on me was how many lives he touched and how many people he was loved by. You know they say you can tell a man’s worth by how much money and assets he had, I say it was by how many friends he had. Rob was a very wealthy man. God really knows how to pick them. Like many fine officers and brave firemen before Rob and Sean, God took another E.S.U officer a few years ago, Eddie Black. God realized he needed an E-Wagon and two good men help put out those barricades. And I know when it is my time to meet my maker if the pearly gates of heaven are chained up and pad locked,
Rob and Sean will be there with bolt cutters to let me in. Rob may be gone physically but he will live in our hearts and nothing will ever change the great memories we shared with him.

P.O Robert Nguyen badge#2805 appointment date July 1st, 2001 End of Watch December 25th,2005. It was an honor and a privilege to have worked with you, be your roommate, but most of all be your friend. We will miss you. I salute you, We all salute you. Rest in peace my brother.

P.O Alex Rivera
JCPD E.S.U

March 19, 2006

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