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Police Officer Robert Bernard Helmke

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, July 28, 2007

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert Bernard Helmke

I just finished my fourth round of chemo out of six rounds. To add onto my last reflection, I was diagnosed in June with stage 3s bulky classic hodgkin’s lymphoma, a type of blood cancer; cancer of the lymph nodes/immune system. Throughout this journey, it has been hard knowing that I now have the same thing that killed my dad(not the same type, just cancer in general). Although he lost his fight, I will beat this for him. I never thought I would have to endure something like this at 17 years old. I miss my dad every day and I hope I’m able to say I’m cancer-free one day soon. I have been fundraising for blood cancer research and have since raised about $2.3k, which is a positive that has also kept me going.

Amelia Helmke

October 24, 2021

I went to high school with Rob. I just found out through Facebook about his cause of death. Rob was an intense baseball player. I was just catcher. I had the best time of my life trying to catch that guy. Rest in peace Rob

James Natuzzi

September 20, 2021

Bob and I spent four months together in IOBTC #122 back in 1992, and were coworkers for a few years at JFK. He was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet. I will never forget him. RIP, brother. See you in Heaven. Praying for his family. May God bless you all.

Former Immigration Officer

September 11, 2021

Rest In Peace … hero

Ret. Po ohara
Nypd mounted

July 28, 2021

Rest in peace, brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Blessings to your loving family for your great loss. Until all of us who were there meet again.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

July 28, 2021

On June 15, 2021, a little over a month before my dad’s 14th death anniversary, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer at 17 years old. I’ve been thinking of my dad every day since I found out and I will fight as hard as he did. I know that he is looking out for me and I will get through this for him and especially my mom because she has already lost too much. I love you mom and dad.

Amelia Helmke

June 22, 2021

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

July 28, 2020

One of the many, many amazing men and women who have so heroically and tirelessly that day and many days following. Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 28, 2020

Today marks 13 years that Rob is gone. Every day is still hard. Rob would be so proud of the kids! Sending out my support today to all police officers who are out there working in these very hard times.

Greta Helmke
NYPD Widow

July 28, 2020

On July 28th this year, it will be 12 years since my dad passed away. I miss him everyday. I will always cherish the short amount of time I got to spend with him, and the few memories I have of him. I love you so much dad.

Amelia Helmke

June 12, 2019

I attended elementary school with Robert and had the pleasure to be in many of the same classes with him. It is extremely upsetting to hear of his passing. He was one of the nicest guys I have ever met. I also remember he was was one of the best athletes in our school. Thank you Robert for your service and your sacrifice !! RIP my friend !!

John Lopez
Childhood Friend

May 9, 2019

Officer Helmke,

On today, the 10th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City and our Country as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 28, 2017

Thank you for your sacrifice for all of us, who owe you a great gratitude. Many of us are here because people like you cared to help. I'm still here, and I was there, and, one day you and I shall meet. God bless your loving family, and all those who remember you as if you were here.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 28, 2017

May God rest your soul, thank you for your service.

Peter Kennedy

October 25, 2015

I worked with PO Robert Helmke in the 104 pct He was a soft spoken gentleman who loved his family and always had a smile for everyone . God Bless him and his family .

PO Scott Fischer (Ret)
NYPD (retired)

December 24, 2014



November 3, 2014

On Saturday 9/10/11, the street intersection of Gibbs Pond Rd and Smithtown Blvd in Nesconset, Long Island NY was named after my husband PO Robert Helmke. It is at the intersection of a brand new 9/11 Responders Remembered Park, honoring all of those who have died of terrible illnesses since 9/11/01. Thank you to all who attended who made that day so special. I am honored to not only remember a great man and father to Garrett and Amelia, but a great Police Officer,former Customs & Immigration Officer and Sgt in the USAF.

Ms Greta Helmke
Widow of PO Robert Helmke

September 22, 2011

Officer Helmke was one of the kiddest person I ever met. He helped me through my darkest days, when I was brutally abused by a criminal. He used to visit me at my house, making sure I was safe and not in danger anymore.

I miss you so very much Officer Helmke. I wished soo much one day I can come visit you and thank you, but God had other plans for us. I just want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind and warm heart and for all your help. You are in my heart, my memories and most of all YOU WERE IN MY LIFE! May you rest in peace!

Violeta Camelia Karp
My Guardian

September 9, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the third 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. We will never forget any of our 9/11 heroes. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 28, 2010

Officer Helmke,
Sir, It has taken two years but you are finally being honored. I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



July 29, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Helmke and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

July 27, 2009

Officer Helmke,
It has taken almost 2 years for you to be recognized for your sacrifices but those who loved you most have missed and thought of you every day. Thank you for your service, now rest in His arms and bask in His glory.


June 1, 2009

Rest in peace brother. We've got the watch from here. May God bless your family, friends and fellow officers who all mourn the loss of yet another hero.

Motor Officer Dominick Marraccini
Easton Police Department, Easton, PA

June 1, 2009

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