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Patrolman David Roberts

Denver Police Department, Colorado

End of Watch Friday, May 27, 2011

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Reflections for Patrolman David Roberts

Lord Jesus, as we watch America’s Peace Officers succumb to the wicked and evil in this world, Shot and Killed in the Line-of-Duty, it becomes difficult for us to pick up and move forward. Our communities are on the brink of exploding with tension. In light of the peace officers who are no longer with us, I pray for endurance for our communities and law enforcement agencies. Carry us through this time of strife, that through our struggles, our bonds may grow even more unbreakable. In Your mighty and holy name, I pray. Amen.

Holy Scriptures on Law Enforcement’s Mission:

“For the policeman [peace officer] does not frighten people who are doing right; but those doing evil will always fear him. So if you don’t want to be afraid, keep the laws and you will get along well. The policeman [peace officer] is sent by God to help you. But if you are doing something wrong, of course you should be afraid, for he [the peace officer] will have you punished. He [the peace officer] is sent by God for that very purpose. Obey the laws, then, for two reasons: first, to keep from being punished, and second, just because you know you should.” [Romans 13:3-5 TLB]

[Jesus Said,] “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” [John 15:13 ESV]

And he [Jesus] said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.” [Luke 23:43 ESV]

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons [children] of God.” [Matthew 5:9 ESV]

“And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” [Isaiah 6:8 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
Ordained Christian Global Outreach Minister No. 36526
The Badge 183 Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

January 12, 2024

It's your 12th anniversary for leaving us Dave (May 27), and you are still missed. My daughters and I remember hilarious lunches and suppers at The Harvest Restaurant, also gone. We need you now more than ever to work for RMRBIC or a similar organization that helps law enforcement officers recognize the symptoms of neurodivergent behaviors. I hope you are still telling jokes and enjoying your sesquipedalian references. I know your humor is enjoyed by many.

Captain Miriam Reed, Retired
Denver Police Department
Denver, Colorado

May 28, 2023

Dave, I think about you often. Today was the National Police Week 5K run which was held in Washington DC.

I ran in the virtual 5K this morning, May 13, 2023 in your honor. I miss you brother.

God please watch over all of our fallen brothers and sisters.

Ron Gabel Detective Ret, 79-8 DPD
Denver Police Dept

May 13, 2023

Patrolman Roberts,
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 Denver. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 27, 2021

I was a young Denver Police Officer attending the police academy, when it was located at 550 E. Iliff Ave. One day dutng lunch, I saw a man walking across the fields behind the academy building, and he appeared to have some difficulty walking. A short time later, after we had returned to class, the same gentleman was escorted into the classroom, and was introduced to our class. It was the same man I saw struggling to cross the field...Dave Roberts. During his introduction, we were told about the circumstances of Officer Roberts' shooting, and of the difficulties that he now lived with every day. Dave spoke to us at length, and was animated and engaging, and still so full of life. It was a day that changed something inside of me, and is also something that I will never forget. After graduating the academy, I crossed paths with Dave a few times, and always enjoyed taking a few minutes to talk with him. It was evident that he was so broken hearted at no longer being able to serve as a Denver Policeman. I was saddened to hear of Dave Roberts' passing. He was truly on of the great ones...Aces, all the way around! Rest in peace, Officer Dave Roberts.

Jeffrey Rawson
Denver P.D. 86043

September 28, 2020

Rest in heavenly peace on this your 9 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

May 27, 2020

May God keep you by his side until we met again.

Jerry Seymour jr

October 20, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 20, 2018

Patrolman Roberts,
On today, the 6th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Denver. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

May 27, 2017

Dave, the Denver Police Department memorial starts with the lines, "When duty called, there was no thought but answer. No question, but the task that must be done." You lived the spirit of those lines and the spirit of our badge. You were also witty and always had a one-liner ready--a trait you never lost. You live on in the memories of those who knew you and are an inspiration even to those who did not have that good fortune.

Tina Lewis Rowe
Captain, Denver Police Department (ret.)
U.S. Marshal, Colorado (ret.)

February 12, 2017

My thoughts are always with you. Happy Birthday yesterday. Miss you always and will make a donation in your memory and all the many officers who have died in line of duty this year.

Barbara Peterson Rozycki
Friend forever

July 17, 2016

God Bless you, Dave. Missing you and the good time's I was fortunate to share with you.

George Makolondra Police Officer
Retired Denver Police Dept.

May 27, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 27, 2015

You are not forgotten. May you R.I.P.

Ron Skeeters
Surviving Son Trooper Bernie Skeeters
Illinois State Police
EOW 5-20-1982

May 27, 2015

I have visited this page from time to time after being bestowed the honor of placing a flower in your honor in Washington DC. One of the highest honor I have ever had. Although I never knew you, I hope you know that a fellow officer will never forget you.

Detective Linda Hanna
Tulsa Police Department

May 26, 2015

Thinking about you. You're always in my prayer's.

George Makolondra Police Officer
Retired Denver Police Dept.

December 7, 2014

Your birthday is here again and as your forever friend I am
going to make a donation to the Memorial fund in your name so that other officers like you can have their name engraved ion the wall. You will always be remembered.
July 16, 2014

Barbara Rozycki, Forever Friend

July 16, 2014

You are always in my thoughts and I miss you. I remembered your birthday yesterday, July 16th and will make a donation to your memorial and to other fallen officers in your memory.

Barbara Rozycki, Forever Friend

July 17, 2013


The day before you were shot we had lunch together with a group of officers from both our agencies (Denver & Lakewood). I will always remember the shock when I received that phone call the next day...

Rest easy now...your duty is done.

Bill Barnes Sgt. (Ret)
Lakewood PD

June 28, 2013

Unless I am mistaken I was a good friend of your sister Bonnie. I think she worked at Denver General Hospital for awhile, then Pittsburg, KS. where I now live. She used to talk about the day you were shot. She thought the world of you. Now she is in heaven, you two are together eternally. I didn't know you, but knew alot about you just listening to Bonnie. David and Bonnie rest easy, you two will never be forgotten.

Randy Holtz

September 23, 2012

Detective Hanna, thank you so much for being at the memorial in Washington DC and honoring my brother. I wish I could have been there. Your e-mail address was deleted from the page, but if you would like to contact me, I am on yaho and it is dkhomra. I would love to hear from you. Thank you again, and thank you for your service as well.

Donette Homra

September 5, 2012

Today would be your 60th birthday. I'm remembering all the times we celebrated our birthdays by going out to eat- often at the Welshire. Those were wonderful times and I enjoyed spending them with you.
You are always on my mind and I'll always remember your wonderful sense of humor, our shared love of music, and most of all you, a very special man. Missing you.
Missing you.

Barbara Rozycki
Nurse and friend

July 16, 2012

This happened before I came on the job, but I will remember you long after I am gone from the job. Rest In Peace.

Denver Police Department

June 25, 2012

RIP Sir thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten

Son of Current LEO/Civilian Employee

June 1, 2012

Donette, I was given the honor to place a flower for David at the memorial service in Washington DC this year. I went to the memorial wall and did a rubbing of his name and collected some items from that service. I was going to send them to the Denver Police Department, but would very much like to send them to a family member. If you would like to send me your address I would very much like to mail these items to you. I am a police officer for Tulsa Police Department. My email address is

Detective Linda Hanna
Tulsa Police Department

May 17, 2012

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