Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, March 5, 2015

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Reflections for Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson, III

We continue to pray that peace will come to your Family, dear Sgt. Wilson. You are remembered and honored. Your Sons are never far from our thoughts. No matter how deeply felt, we can only hope your children know how much other families care, when we think of their lives without you. It is the hope of all our Police families & friends that your Sons & all your Family will always know you are remembered & honored.

Thank you for your courageous service.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia PD Officers

December 21, 2021

I remember this. Unbelievable. You were SO Brave. Both murderers had long criminal records. What is going on ? ! Lately criminals are caught with long criminal histories. This has to stop! You died being a Great Dad and a True hero. RIP. Guide and protect your sons Hero.

Maureen Walls
Former Philadelphia citizen

March 13, 2021

Sergeant Wilson, it’s hard to believe it’s been 6 years already since that horrific day when you showed unbelievable courage and heroism. I had the pleasure and privilege of working with numerous Philadelphia Police Officers over the years and everyone of them were an amazing person of character and integrity and while we never met, you no doubt possessed the same qualities as a person and officer. Three years ago I was in Washington, DC visiting the memorial and I made sure I scratched and copied your name off of the wall. I still have that and hold onto it as a symbol of heroism, law enforcement brotherhood and of someone who left his family making the ultimate sacrifice for the people he served and protected. May God always bless your family, friends and the men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department. Thank you for your service and rest in peace always knowing that your sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

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

March 5, 2021

You & your Family are kept in our hearts all through the year, dear Sgt. Wilson, and especially at Christmas. It is our prayer that your Family has somehow found some comfort in knowing so many of us out here will always care & always remember your Courage and devotion to duty on the Philadelphia Police Department. Nothing is ever good enough to say when an Officer's life is taken in the performance of his duty. It is our hope that one day, especially as your Sons grow into men, they will know you will always be honored & remembered.

To say THANK YOU doesn't even come close in trying to share our thoughts with your Family. You will never be forgotten.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

December 19, 2020

I did not know Sgt. Wilson personally, yet he was still my brother. I have heard nothing but amazing things about him from dozens of people who knew him. I wish I could have gotten to know him. God bless and RIP, brother. You are solely missed.

P/O Patrick Heron #5205
Philadelphia Police Department
25th District
Appt. Date 05/22/1995

May 26, 2020

Sergeant Wilson, 5 years ago today your where brutally murdered while just trying to save people from two armed robbers may to you continue to rest in eternal peace

Mark Mottola

March 5, 2020

In less than a week from today, it will be 5 years since the unthinkable loss of Sgt. Wilson. The news coverage is still fresh in our minds. Today, on the news in Philadelphia, the most recent class of Police Recruits graduated from the Police Academy. They are being honored & celebrated at Temple University. I think back to the day your grieving Family also shared in the same kind of pride & happiness on the day of your graduation from the Academy. So many thoughts stay in the minds of all of us in Police families. Nothing will ever take away the sorrow of your loss.

It is the hope of so many of us that your dear Family somehow knows you are held in our hearts. We pray especially for your Sons. Thank you doesn't even begin to cover it, dear Sgt. Wilson. Your courage & love of Family will always stay with us. You will always be remembered. Rest in the peace you have earned. We Honor Your Memory.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of Philadelphia Police Department Officers

February 28, 2020

Sergeant Robert Francis Wilson III will NEVER EVER be FORGOTTEN. May his soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired, NYSP

January 13, 2020

Dear Sergeant Wilson's family,
When Officer Wilson passed he was the most recent local officer to have an abrupt EOW, and thus became the one that now is engraved on the inside of my ring. I just felt a huge need to do so and I've been wearing it ever since. I know this is many years late, but I just want you to know that his memory will forever be known by my friends and family. All of my prayers and thoughts are with you.

Cadet Lieutenant
Rancocas Valley Region Highschool NJROTC

June 8, 2019

Dear Sergeant Wilson & Family,

Your unfailing courage on that horrible day will never be forgotten. The fact that those 2 criminals - brothers yet, both with records - were so intent on their crime they failed to observe your Patrol car outside of the video store....showed the incredible danger you & your partner were up against. The fact you instantly drew your weapon, protecting so many others in the store...shows what a young man of Courage and Valor you were and always will be in our memories & in our ongoing prayers for you and for your Family.

It is our hope & prayer that all your Family - especially your sweet Sons know in their hearts that people they don't even know carry you & them in our prayers and memories. Thank you for your dedicated service on the Philadelphia Police Department. You will always be held in our hearts.

Mary Ellen Auman
Wife & Mother of PPD Officers

May 9, 2019

I remember feeling completely heartbroken when I heard Sergeant Wilson's story on the news. I wished I could have hugged his family and told them what a hero he was. May he rest peacefully always. Although I didn't know him, I count him as one of the most courageous, selfless men to walk this over. Bless you, sir. You aren't forgotten.

Karen Spring

March 21, 2019

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 6, 2018


Somerville Police (MA)

September 5, 2018

Rest in peace brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 6, 2018

With the Saints, O Lord, Give rest to the Soul of your Servant Robert, to a place where there is no pain, nor suffering, nor sorrow but life eternal. May his memory be Eternal.

John B Clement

March 5, 2018

I may not have ever met you, but I miss you every day. You're a true hero, a cop's cop, an amazing father, and a person I wish I had known in life. I know we will meet in Valhalla. Rest easy brother.

SGT. Leone
Jefferson University Police

October 22, 2017

Your a Hero SGT. Wilson. You Saved My life while I was in that store.The lady in the read coat. Your My Hero

Macy Foxx

April 7, 2017

Rest well my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores (Ret.)

March 5, 2017

"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."


November 13, 2016

Tomorrow I join hundreds of other riders cycling 250 miles from Chesapeake, VA into Washington DC for Police Week. On my wrist I wear a bracelet in honor of your husband and father. I hope to see you there and learn more about your hero, and present to you his flag. May God bless your family.

Sherry Graham-Potter
Surviving Spouse of Deputy Timothy Graham EOW 8-10-2005

May 9, 2016

R.I.P. You are a real hero

Son Of A Police Officer Matthew Waldeck

March 5, 2016

Rip young sole

Aleantown police

February 9, 2016

Brother we have the same last name and are Brothers by bond, so sorry they were lucky and you were not.
Many of us go into deadly exchanges and come out with a few cuts, bites, wounds and broken bones and in time we pick each other up laugh and joke about it and go back to the job and then one day IT happens and then there is nothing to laugh about.
So sorry fella.


Capt., Al Wilson/ Retired
Elmira, NY City Police Dept., Capt., Ret.

December 14, 2015


Son Of A Police Officer Matthew Waldeck

December 12, 2015

2 Timothy 3:1 says that we are living in "critical times" times. Many in the world (like the two suspects who took Officer Wilson's life), don't follow the command given by God at Romans 13:1 "Let every person be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God, the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God." My heart goes out to Officer's Wilson wife, children, friends, and colleagues. May God's promise recorded at Revelation 21:3,4 bring you comfort "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away." You are in my prayers

Lem Toatley Dispatcher
Orlando Police

November 25, 2015

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