Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert Carey Deckard, Jr.

San Antonio Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, December 20, 2013

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert Carey Deckard, Jr.

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your courage and service. Prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues.

Chief Deputy Stacy Brown
Lewis County Sheriff's Office (WA State)

December 20, 2013

My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family. May the Lord be with the entire family and give you the strength through these difficult times.

Daisy Bejar
Sister of Officer Javier Bejar EOW 02/25/2010 REEDLEY PD

December 20, 2013

Our deepest sympathy to the dear family and friends of Officer Robert Deckard. God Bless him for his service and sacrifice he made to keep others safe. Rest in Peace Brother, Hero's are never ever forgotten. The Deckard family will be in our prayers.

Sgt. Jim May (ret)
CMPD Charlotte, NC

December 20, 2013

Sending prayers for strength to family, friends and department.
May God’s Hand Deliver Fitting Justice.
With respect and sadness,

citizen

December 20, 2013

God bless.

Linda Henderson retired dispatcher
Blaine County Sheriff

December 20, 2013

RIP Officer Deckard

Katie
Game Warden Wife

December 20, 2013

"A Part of America Died"

Somebody killed a policeman today,
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.

The suspect that shot him will stand up in court,
with counsel demanding his rights.
While a young widowed mother must work for her kids,
and spend many long, lonely nights.

The beat that he walked was a battle field too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.

Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.

Now his ghost walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, of himself gave his all,
and a part of America died.

©1984 America Police Hall of Fame
North Port, Florida

Godspeed

Deputy Marshal
Bandera Texas Marshal's Office

December 20, 2013

God bless you brother for your sacrifice and service. May God keep His hand over your family during this time and until you are reunited.

Master Trooper
North Carolina State Highway Patrol

December 20, 2013

God Bless Officer Deckard, his family, his brothers & sisters of the SAPD

J Martinez
Citizen Of San Antonio

December 20, 2013

My heart and prayers go out to the family of Officer Deckard and to the city of San Antonio. RIP brother.

Patrol Div. Caleb McKnight
Anderson, IN

December 20, 2013

IMPs

Lt. Ronnie Sellers
Louisiana State Fire Marshal

December 20, 2013

THERE ARE NO WORDS TO EXPRESS THE HURT IN THE LOSS OF AFELLOW OFFICER. MAY GOD STRENGTHEN THE FAMILY DURING THIS TIME.

GLYNN JONES, CHAPLAIN
JACKSON POLICE DEPT, JACKSON, TN

December 20, 2013

RIP Brother. We have the watch from here. 10-42

Deputy Irwin
Jackson County Sheriff, Colorado

December 20, 2013

God bless and God's speed.
Rest in peace brother.

Sgt. Paul Schanno Honor Guard Member
State of MN Dept. of Corrections MCF-Stillwater

December 20, 2013

May God bless your family. friends, and fellow law enforcement officers, Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, brother officer.

Jan Taylor, Det, Retired
Dallas P. D.

December 20, 2013

My heart is so sad. RIP Officer Deckard.

Kimberly
daughter of a retired LEO

December 20, 2013

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his 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 badges
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 times 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 silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

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

Author Unknown

Detective Benjamin Connell #2263
San Antonio Police Department

December 20, 2013

My heart broke into a million pieces as I was reminded all too well on 8/25/2011 that a former co worker/friend, Justin Sollohub, was shot on duty during a foot chase that ended so fatal. It hit our Department so hard and many was affected by this loss of a friend and co worker. I can completely sympathize with you and my prayers goes up to each of the family members and his brothers and sisters in blue. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice and God speed brother!!!

Lena Parris
LEO supporter

December 20, 2013

Rest ini peace Ofc Deckard. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. Godspeed as you now patrol the streets of gold. I was a Navy MA working with AFPD and your department.

OFC TERRY F. ZECH(RET)
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPT, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

December 20, 2013

Words cannot express our deep sadness over this tragic and senseless death. The country loss one of their heroes and God gained an angel. We ask for His comfort and security for all those that knew and loved Robert. May God continue to be with you all.

Darlene Newton
Story County Sheriff's Office

December 20, 2013

OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF POLICE OFFICER DECKARD, AND ALL THOSE WHO MOURN THE LOSS OF POLICE OFFICER DECKARD .
OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
HIS SERVICE WILL BE GREATLY MISSED IN YOUR COMMUNITY AND HIS DEEDS NEVER FORGOTTEN.
GOD BLESS

Ret PO David Herbert
Toronto Police Service, Ontario Canada

December 20, 2013

My Heart Aches for the family of Officer Robert Deckard. God Bless the Family, Friends and fellow law enforcement partners of Officer Deckard. God Bless Officer Deckard and may he rest in peace. Thank You Brother for making the streets of San Antonio safer for everyone else.

Ed S.
Greatful Citizen

December 20, 2013

This poem was written after getting my wife’s 19 years perspective of being a police officer’s wife.


“He Does it For You!”

He doesn’t do it for the money,
Cause surely there’s something better to do,
He says, “Someone has to do it!”
So really, he does it for you.

His eight to twelve hours is from call to call,
From a murder to a cat in a tree,
You say he’s never around when you really need him,
But without him, where would you be?

You curse him when you get a speeding ticket,
And scream there’s something better he could do,
But have you looked at how many deaths there are on the highways,
So really, he’s doing it for you.

He’s always seeing so much bad in the world,
He really doesn’t know what to do,
He wonders sometimes if it’s even worth it,
But he knows he has to do it for you.

Each day when he leaves for work,
And I always kiss him good-bye,
I don’t know if I’ll see him again,
Cause the day might be the day he dies.

So many times he comes home from work,
And I see a small tear in his eyes,
I ask him what is the problem dear?
And he says another innocent person has died.

You always say a cop isn’t human,
Cause at a tragedy he’s cool from the start,
But you don’t have to live with him,
And watch his mind and heart break apart.

I remember one hot June night at work,
His supervisor came, “Your husband’s been hurt!”, he said,
It was such a long ride to the hospital,
They wouldn’t say if he was alive or dead.

Crime is always on the increase,
The streets a battle ground,
And when one in “Blue” is slain,
At the funeral-taps will sound.

He’ll lay in a flagged draped coffin,
An honor for those who die for this land,
Just like the Army, Navy and Marines,
He died by the enemies hands.

Most ordinary citizens won’t be at the funeral,
But you’ll see plenty of people wearing blue,
You’ll see dozens of marked patrol cars,
Honoring the one who died for you.

Written by David L Bell Copyright © 1991
Retired Deputy Sheriff after over 38 years
Richland County Sheriff’s Dept
Columbia, SC

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

December 20, 2013

My deepest condolences to the family and co workers of Officer Bobby Deckard. Gratitude for his selfless service.

Chaplain Sam Faraone
El Paso, TX Police Department

December 20, 2013

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO! May God
Give the family and friends the strength and faith to deal with this tragic loss. Words can not express my sorrow!

"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

This may be re-posted in the Honor of his death and the death of any Law Enforcement Officer!

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

December 20, 2013

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