Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

State Constable Robert Lee Bailey

South Carolina State Constable, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, May 14, 2007

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for State Constable Robert Lee Bailey

"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
Sergeant
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.

July 11, 2007

what a shame that after all of his years of service
to the people of s.c. that he met such a brutal death
in the line of duty. may he rest in peace...

Lt. john p. dugan, ret
bristol township p.d. pa.

July 6, 2007

Your impact on your community over forty-three years can not be understated. We are so saddened to hear of your tragic death. May your assailants be brought to justice and may your family find strength.

We send you our prayers and we are so eternally grateful for your service.

"Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince, and flights of angels sing thee to thy rest."

Respectfully submitted on behalf of my department,

Officer Matthew Lewek
Menomonee Falls (WI) Police Department

June 25, 2007

Bob,Teresa and I went to the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy today to accept a plaque given in your name by graduating class Basic 503...You would be proud to know that this class picked you to honor..Its a nice plaque you would like it..The class looked sharp ready to hit the streets with confidence,pride and honor..You will live on in there hearts and you won't be forgetten...Well gotta go. Miss you, Your son-in-law,partner and friend..

Carmine Damato Jr.
South Carolina State Constable

June 15, 2007

In S.C. Law Enforcement we hardley get payed enough money to support our families. But this hero was a volunteer and it takes special people like us to serve such a dangerous and demanding job, but it takes alot of heart. I have high respects for this SC LEO and the ones that follow in his steps. God bless his family, friends and brothers/sisters in law enforcement. State Constable Robert Lee Bailey you are 10-42 on earth and now 10-41 in heaven.

Correctional Officer McManus
South Carolina Dept. of Corrections

June 14, 2007

Ann - My heart goes out to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. Denise.

Denise

June 4, 2007

im a constable and former city cop... we all love u
and hope the suspects rot

r. gordon

June 3, 2007

ANOTHER BROTHER HAS REPORTED "END OF TOUR"
"NO GREATER LOVE..........
GOD BLESS CONSTABLE BAILEY AND HIS FAMILY

P.O. LOU HAARSTICK (RET)
NYPD

June 2, 2007

ANOTHER BROTHER HAS REPORTED "END OF TOUR"
"NO GREATER LOVE..........
GOD BLESS CONSTABLE BAILEY AND HIS FAMILY

P.O. LOU HAARSTICK (RET)
NYPD

June 2, 2007

I know this may not get read! But, Brother Bailey you are the essence of a true warrior. Thank You for your service!!!

SRO Grasso
Boulder City Police Department, NV

June 1, 2007

This is truly a great loss to all.
May you rest in peace. GOD bless you for all your
years of service, and may GOD bless your family.

Z BUTLER
U.S. ARMY MILITARY POLICE

May 30, 2007

REST IN PEACE.

DEPUTY CHIEF E.J. MORRIS
ROELAND PARK KANSAS P.D.

May 30, 2007

NOW IN HEAVEN
The policeman stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry a badge
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 awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at time I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

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 a silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgement of his god.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've born your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell"

GOD BLESS-I'M SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS

KATHY & DANNY LAURENT
WIFE OF NORFOLK, VA POLICE OFFICER

May 29, 2007

I can't even begin to understand how any human being could do such a thing to another human being. This weighs heavy on my heart and on my mind. All I can say Robert is that you no longer have to worry about violence again. We will see you on the other side when we all meet in a place where there is only peace. See you then.

First Sergeant Salvatore A. Torelli
Fauquier County Sheriff's Office, Virginia

May 29, 2007

43 years service...brother you are a true hero and example for all of us. RIP

SGT
LASD

May 29, 2007

I simply have no words...and that is a rare thing! I have followed your story in the media and prayed against the odds I knew were working against you. Your service is commendable, and your life is celebrated in my heart. No matter the uniform we wear, we are all blue and there is nobody better than blue! Thank you sir, rest easy. We have the watch.

Corporal II Brandon Speed
Texas Highway Patrol

May 28, 2007

Constable Bailey

You have paid the ultimate sacrifice to help make your community safe from the evils of those who try to harm others and defy order. May you rest in peace as you have made your final run and you are now on duty above awaiting to rejoin with your family. You are with your brothers that have gone before you. You have done your country proud.

Douglas W. Bennett
Juvenile Probation Offcier Ky Dept of Juvenile Justice

May 28, 2007

God Bless and may you Rest In Peace as a true Hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. You will not be forgotten and my thoughts and prayers are with your family and all the Law Enforcement members in the state of South Carolina.

Senior Deputy Eric R. Fennell
Kern County Sheriff's Office

May 28, 2007

Rip- your watch is over thankyou for your time, duty and loyalty. YOu payed the bigest price but your safe in heaven now. i guess heaven was needing a hero so they took you away but don't worry your pain will fade. its not how they died that made him a hero it was how he lived. god bless our heros and give us strength to push on. He IS a great and wonderful man.
Yall are all in my thoughts and i mourn with you.

Cadet Major Stoffel
DC Sheriff's Cadet

May 28, 2007

What a terrible tragedy! May the comforting presence of Almighty God surround the family and friends of this hero. God bless you all.

Off. R. Dean Pesnell
Birmingham Police Dept.

May 27, 2007

Thank you for your many years of service.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

May 27, 2007

Rest in peace brother.

1773P
CSPD

May 26, 2007

We offer our heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Constable Bailey and we honor his distinguished service to the cause of justice and peace. Sadly, our nation has lost one of its finest citizens, a community has lost a friend and protector, and a family has lost an example of character and courage who they will love and respect forever. Today, because of the sacrifice Constable Bailey has made, the house of freedom is stronger, sturdier, and more secure.

To the family and friends of Constable Bailey, I would like you to know that a lot of people pray for you, and my hope is that their prayers will give you the strength necessary to move on. Just as you were always with him when he walked the beat or patrolled the streets, know that he will always be with you - wherever you may be. In the days to follow, may you be strengthened by the fact that Constable Bailey is a man distinguished by exceptional courage and will always be admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities. You, your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Special Agent
FBI New York City

May 26, 2007

On behalf of the entire Ashfield Police Department I want to pay my respects to the family and friends of State Constable Robert Lee Bailey. It truly is a thin Blue Line. Rest in peace Brother,

Detective Sergeant Steve Girard
Ashfield, Ma. Police Department

May 26, 2007

God bless you and keep you in his arms. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Mary
Granddaughter, Chicago Police Department fallen officer

May 26, 2007

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.