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Corporal Robert Howard Hinson

Columbus County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, June 18, 1991

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Reflections for Corporal Robert Howard Hinson

Corporal Hinson, We went over your case today in our PLI class. We were looking over one of the confessions from your case, which lead me to look you up on ODMP. I wanted to let you know that you are gone but not forgotten. Thank you for your service and for giving the ultimate sacrifice.

Officer B. Tew
Holly Springs Police Department

November 19, 2019

Daddy, we miss you every single day. You are constantly in our thoughts and forever in our hearts. Love eternally, Karen, JB, Shane and Brian

Karen Hinson McPherson

November 7, 2017

Rest in Peace Deputy Sheriff's Corporal Robert Hinson. Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice protecting the citizens of Columbus County North Carolina.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the scum that murdered you suffer immense pain and agony throughout their lives. May their souls forever burn in the lake of fire.


Senior Special Agent B.L. Sherwood (Ret)
Port Terminal Railroad Police Houston, TX

June 18, 2016

My grandmother was your cousin. May you Rest in Peace brother. We've got the watch now.

PFC James E. Turner
Mullins Police Department, Mullins, SC

December 3, 2015

A day does not pass that I don't see your love in the eyes of my sons.

I will never forget.

Heath Hinson

June 18, 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

June 18, 2015

Bob was a good man and he always covered your 6. He was always there to cover you I know he is missed by many. good night Bob.

Sgt. Roger Strickland

September 26, 2013

Cpl. Hinson,
On today, the 22nd 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 during the Vietnam War. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


U.S. Border Patrol

June 18, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 21rst anniversary year 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. Rest In Peace.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both their pain and pride are forever.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 26, 2012

Bob and I were friends, brothers in the law enforcment & Viet Nam areas, Good man, His tour ended on my birthday, June 18, 1991, I was at the beach for a week when it happened. My sister-in law called and told us. I hope (with permission form Mrs. Hinson) we can have something on the ten year, I can't think of the right word. SAY GOODNIGHT BOB


July 16, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

June 18, 2008

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 26, 2007

15 Years ago you gave the ultimate sacrifice. My husband is an officer in New Mexico and had to get out of the 'gang territory' because the young kids (some as young as 8 years of age) have this same mentality today.

I am glad to see your offender was caught and punished. I hope that his 'friends' learned from this.

Peace and comfort to your family, friends and co-workers. Godspeed and good rest, well done sir.

June 22, 2006

Corporal Hinson was an outstanding officer and person. He gave 150% to his job and community. He is deeply missed. It was an honor to have worked with him

Jill Grissett-telecommicator
Columbus Co Emergency Services

April 30, 2006

What a tragedy intentionally set into motion by someone trying to impress others. Thank you for your sacrifice in making our streets safe. RIP.

January 22, 2006

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 5, 2004

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