Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert Stanton McKeithen

Biloxi Police Department, Mississippi

End of Watch Sunday, May 5, 2019

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert Stanton McKeithen

Mac, still hard to believe you passed on my birthday. Therefore, I will never forget who you were to me during the years we worked together. I wish I could have been there for you.

Officer McKeithen was my first FTO on midnight shift after I was hired. We were immediately connected because of our prior military service. This was a very good man and dependable friend...

Master Sergeant Shawn Murchison
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

October 14, 2022

Dad I will forever miss you, you made me who I am today, you taught me to love with all my might and help other. I will forever make you proud, and continue to live your legacy out

Love your daughter

Amy McKeithen

May 14, 2020

Dad I will forever miss you, you made me who I am today, you taught me to love with all my might and help other. I will forever make you proud, and continue to live your legacy out

Love your daughter

Amy Lynn McKiethen

May 14, 2020

My condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Officer McKeithen. You are a hero and will be sorely missed by those you left behind . Rest In Peace Sir

Linda Garagliano
Sister of Jack Miller, LASD EOW 1/9/88

May 14, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

May 6, 2020

RIP, my neighbor for 19 years, and a great family friend. I wish that I would have spoken to you when I had the chance. I'm sorry to admit that I forgot about you until the morning of May 5th, 2019, after not seeing you in person for over a decade. I have a few pictures of yourself with my dad and your other mutual cop buddies for birthday parties and such at my house. And a couple of stories that still hurts too much to talk about sometimes, but will forever live on in my memories. Thank you for protecting the citizens of Biloxi and our country for as long as you did. I hope that you'll receive your neccessary justice as soon as possible.

Amanda Harmon-Smith
Neighbor/family friend

January 2, 2020

Robert McKeithen was my first Field Training Officer on Midnight Shift during my employment at Biloxi Police Department. He was very calm under duress and the utmost professional when dealing with the public. He was extremely well liked with fellow officers and an incredible asset to patrol. I am grateful to have served with him during my LE career. I will not forget his death as it occurred on my birthday.

Master Sergeant Shawn Murchison
United States Marine Corps (Retired)

September 24, 2019

On behalf of the Mississippi and Alabama chapters of Concerns of Police Survivors, we are here for you, the family. Our mission is to rebuild shattered lives. We, at Concerns of Police Survivors, have also lost officers in the line of duty and find healing and comfort from each other. Please reach out to us.
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Cindy Hatcher
President Alabama Concerns of Police Survivors

July 30, 2019

Rest in peace, you are greatly missed. Your death was senseless and inhumane, I hope you know that we caught that son of a bitch. Rest in peace man. God bless you and your family.

Cody Olsen

July 18, 2019

Rest in peace brother, we have the watch now. Thank you for your service, you will not be forgotten. God bless the family, friends, and co-workers of Officer McKeithen during this time of tragic and senseless loss.

Deputy Donnie Meaders (retired)
Okfuskee County Sheriff's Office (OK)

July 9, 2019

My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer Robert McKeithen on their loss. May our Lord give them all the strength and comfort during this time of trial. Thank you fellow officer for your dedication and service to our nation and your community. Rest in peace Police Officer Robert McKeithen .

CBP Officer(retired), Luis Otero
Department of Homeland Security/Bureau of Customs & Border Protect

June 5, 2019

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy Sheriff Terri Van Houten
Rock Country Sheriff's Office

June 3, 2019

I remember getting the call from the lieutenant on the desk telling me to get dressed and go to Biloxi. After asking why, she said a Biloxi officer was shot. I’ve never gotten dressed so fast and I probably violated every traffic law getting over there. I went to their command post and the OIC had this dreary look in his eye. I was told who to relieve and his face was the same. Another Gulfport officer and I stayed at that intersection all night. We would have stayed another 24 hours if it was needed. You were loved by not only your city and department, but by every other as well. You have not died in vain and we will hold the line from here.

Patrol Officer Kenneth Nassar
Gulfport Police Department

June 1, 2019

"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."
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Sergeant Chad Miner
Powell Police department
Powell, Wyoming

May 28, 2019

Rest in peace Ofc. McKeithen. My thoughts & prayers are with your family, friends, and the members of the BPD during this most difficult and tragic time.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

May 23, 2019

R.I.P. BROTHER McKeithen!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

May 19, 2019

Rest in Peace Brother.

Joseph Hart-Bowley

May 18, 2019

May this Officer’s sacrifice Never Be Forgotten and soul Rest in eternal peace. Amen!

Officer Christopher Spylios
City of Kingston Police Department Kingston, New York

May 15, 2019

On behalf of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences. R.I.P. Officer McKeithen, may God bless you and keep you my brother. May God comfort your family, friends and all our brothers and sisters with the Biloxi Police Department. May God wrap you in his loving arms and grant your family and friends strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers my brother, and please know that you and your service will never be forgotten. Fidelis Ad Mortem my brother as we remain Standing Tall For Those Who Have Fallen. We have the watch from here !!

Corporal James Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fla.

May 15, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go back home to family and friends of the South MS community dealing with the grief of losing such a positive asset to the Coast’s law enforcement community. Rest easy Sir! We’ll take it from here.

Airman Austin Norris
USAF Security Forces

May 14, 2019

Today, I will not answer the radio call that you boyfriend has come home drunk and is beating you again. Today I will not answer the radio call that your 16 year old daughter, who is very responsible, is four hours late coming home from school. Today I will not answer the radio call that your store has been robbed or your house has been burglarized. Today I will not stop a drunk driver from killing someone. I will not catch a rapist or a murder or a car theft. Today I will not answer the radio call that a man has a gun or tried to abduct a child or that someone has been stabbed or has been in a terrible accident. Today I will not save your child that you locked in the car or the child you were to busy to watch who went outside and fell into swimming pool, but that I revived. No, today I will not do that. Why? Because Today I was killed be a drunk driver while I was helping push a disabled car off the highway. Today I was was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop to simply tell someone that they has taillight out. TodayI was killed in traffic accident rushing to help a citizen. Today I was shot and killed serving a warrant on a know drug dealer. Today I was killed be a man when I came by to do a welfare check because his family was to busy. Today I was killed trying to stop a bank robbery or a grocery store robbery. Today I was killed doing my job.

A chaplain and a officer will go to a house and tell a mom and dad or a wife or husband or mother or father won’t be coming home today. The flags at many police stations were flown at half-mast but most people won’t know why. There will be a funeral and my fellow officers will come, a twenty-one-gun salute will be given, and taps will be played as I am laid to rest my name will be put on a plaque , on a wall , in a building, in a city somewhere. A folded flag will be placed on a mantel or a bookcase in a home somewhere and a family will morn.

There will be no cries for justices. There will be no riots in the streets. There will be no officers marching , screaming “no justice, no peace.” No citizens will scream that something must be done. No windows will be smashed, no cars burned , no stones thrown,no names called. Only someone crying themselves to sleep tonight will be the only sign that I was cared about.
I was a police officer

Kaitlyn Lengel

May 13, 2019

Officer McKeithen, you are now in a place where there are no more tears, no more pain, no more suffering, a reward for your long and dedicated service that others may live in safety. May our good Lord immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

May 13, 2019

The men & women of the Abilene Police Department extend prayer to the family & coworkers of Police Officer Robert McKeithen. The long rendered service provided by Officer McKeithen is deeply appreciated and we mourn that a good life has ended.

Beth Reeves, Chaplain
Abilene Police Department

May 13, 2019

Officer McKeithen,

May you rest in the arms of God and may God be with your family. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

May 12, 2019

The entire family , to include BPD, is in my thoughts and prayers. We grieve, but we will continue the watch.

Cpl Maria Stevenson
Durham PD (NC) formerly HCSO (MS)

May 11, 2019

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