Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Robert J. Bouchard

Norfolk Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Friday, September 3, 1971

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Reflections for Sergeant Robert J. Bouchard

Sgt. Bouchard,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your Community but for our Country as well when you served with the USN. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Fair Winds And Following Seas

United States Border Patrol

September 3, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

September 3, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

May 1, 2020

Rest in peace Sergeant Bouchard.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 14, 2019

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary year of your death. I am priviliged to leave a tribute to you. 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. Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

April 28, 2013

R.I.P. Brother, your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Thank you for going where others would not go and doing what others would be scared to do. Today, 41 years after you left us, "A" shift dedicates our watch to you.


September 3, 2012

I joined the NPD not long after you were murdered in the line of duty. Everyone spoke highly of you and I wish I had, had the opportunity to have worked for you. You are still respected and remembered for your heroic service. God bless your family

Major Larry Carter
Norfolk Sheriff's Office VA

August 31, 2012

You were killed 2 weeks before my 16th Birthday and I have missed you every day since. I adored you and still do. You are a true American hero. It was strange how the suspect claimed to be "underprivileged" but no one ever mentioned that you were an orphan who received your first new pair of shoes when you joined the navy. You never used your childhood misfortune as an excuse to not succeed... instead you used it as a catalyst to choose a life protecting others. I followed your lead and spent 36 years in law enforcement trying to stop criminals who selfishly destroy lives. Thank you, Dad.

Sharon Bouchard / crime scene specialist
Va Beach Police Dept.

August 13, 2012

Sergeant Bouchard, thirty eight (38) years later, you are still remembered.

Thank you for your service.

Citizens of Virginia were well protected under your watch.

A tragic and unnecessary loss.


April 22, 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 © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 3, 2008



February 11, 2008

Thank you for your many years of service and for your sacrifice, Sergeant.

Norfolk Citizen

April 28, 2006

Your sacrifice was so great, but not in vain. You are gone but not forgotten. Never forgotten. Years replace tears, but you remain in our hearts forever; and we continue on for you and all of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Telecommunicator Vicki Hare
Salisbury NC PD

April 27, 2006

Brother Bouchard,
As a rookie Norfolk Police Officer I recall that terrible Friday night you made the supreme sacrifice. I was turning in my paperwork at the Fourth Precinct when the 10-1 call went out "Officer Down". I wanted to hit the street again but the Desk Sergeant didn't think it was a good idea. I didn't ever get to work for you or with you, but I never forgot you. You are missed. God Bless.

Cpl. Jerry P. Edwards (Retired)
Norfolk Police Department

March 29, 2006

I heard of that tragic night though my father, a former Norfolk police officer Bernard Willis, who happened to be there on that night. Thank you for all you done for my father and the City of Norfolk, you made it a safer place for me to grow up in. This past week I lost a dear friend on the department. It hit me as hard as yours hit my father. I hope one day I would become at least half of the officer you and my father were. Thank you again to you and your family.
Officer Rick Willis, son of
Det. Bernard Willis Norfolk Police

Officer Rick Willis
Portsmouth Police Department

December 1, 2005

Sgt. Bouchard,
On today, the 34th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Norfolk. What I don't understand is how a piece of scum can murder a police officer in cold blood and only servce 14 years in prison.


September 3, 2005

Rest in Peace, Sgt Bouchard. You won't be forgotten.

October 3, 2004

God Bless you easy now

Cleveland Police, Retired Ohio

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