Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Detective Robert Garten

Hartford Police Department, Connecticut

End of Watch Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Detective Robert Garten

An Outstanding Young Man !!! Emulating his Father, Another great Police Detective!!! One to make his Family Proud as well as those who have worked with him!! !!! An Awesome Asset to Hartford's Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 30 as our 2nd Vice President !!! An Excellent Police Officer !!!! Your Smiling Face & Always Youthful laughter will be Greatly missed !!! Rest Easy Young Man!! Thank you for your service Detective Robert Garten II !!!!!!

Sergeant David Dufault (Ret)
Hartford Police Department
Hartford, CT

March 6, 2024

its been four months now bobby i will miss you and will stay missin you.I will never forget the day you died because its the day my brother turned one month old

sophia baker

January 11, 2024

Lord God of unfailing love, to those families in our beloved nation, the United States of America, who are suffering in the wake of the loss of a law enforcement family member, help us to provide support. Allow us to be their rock and fortress in a time of immense pain and uncertainty. Help us to keep them safe and nourished in their time of grief, suffering beside them as we move toward healing and reconciliation. Lord God, in Your compassionate mercy, hear my prayer. In Christ Jesus, Your beloved Son, and by His authority, I pray. Amen.

Holy Scripture References:

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

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” [Matthew 5:4 ESV]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DDiv, MSBS, NCCA, FCPO-USA
The Badge 183 Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“Honoring America’s Fallen Peace Officers”
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

November 20, 2023

On behalf of the Zone Five Regional Law Enforcement Training Academy we express our sincere condolences.

Session 21

October 26, 2023

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.

Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

October 12, 2023

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Detective Garten. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Hartford Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

September 22, 2023

RIP Detective Garten. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Hartford

Lieutenant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police
Boston, Ma. 02120

September 21, 2023

Thank you for your sacrifice. "in valor there is hope..."

Recruit N. George
Albany County Sheriff's Office Public Safety Institute Session 6.

September 21, 2023

He should be charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Phillip Nolden

September 17, 2023

RIP Officer Garten. Thank you for your Service. My prayers to you and your family. RIP Sir!

Michael S Callihan

September 16, 2023

Thank you Sir for your service.

Safe driving is a fallacy. More so in CT. There's more than one reason why we should all limit our driving. I hope we all can slow down enough in life to be safe and keep each other safe. Be considerate and loving towards others. Unless you see it turn yellow from green, yellow means be prepared to stop or stop. It means slow down not speed through. We all must discipline our selves and practice self control. There's a reason the word exists bc we don't always have it.
Life is fleeting. May his light shine brighter through his family. May their lights shine brighter and be longstanding.

Military, BOP, Christian

September 16, 2023

Prayers to the family and brother and sisters in blue.


September 15, 2023

May God and St. Michael watch over you in Heaven, Detective Garten.

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

September 15, 2023

Another "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

September 14, 2023

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

September 14, 2023

Officer Garten, our world is full of evil people, and yet, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your loved ones are experiencing . May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

September 14, 2023

Deepest condolences

Ms. Megan Hopwood
Student Officer

September 12, 2023

How sad! Another of our brothers gone way too soon. May your soul always rest in peace and your family and loved ones find courage.

Retired Sergeant Jason Capuano
City of New Rochelle Police Dept

September 12, 2023

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Andreoli

September 12, 2023

Heavenly Father, You are Compassionate and Merciful. None of America’s Peace Officers leave home without the fear of not returning at the end of their watch. It is a fear that is lived daily. Unfortunately, the worst does sometimes come to pass, and lives are left shattered. Lord God, bless and keep the hearts and souls of those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty. Wipe away the tears from their eyes. Soothe their pain and bind up their emotional wounds through the wounds of Your beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. In His name, I pray. Amen.

“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
United States Grace Force
“Praying for Our Nation, Military, and First Responders”

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department (1974-1998)

September 11, 2023

Prayers for your family and friends as well as your department. It pains me to see so many officers who have died needlessly. My sincere condolences


September 11, 2023

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, Robert Garten, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. Our prayers and thoughts to the other officer who was injured for a safe and speedy recovery.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

September 11, 2023

Rest in peace Brother.

Capt. A. Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

September 11, 2023

Deepest condolences and prayers to Bobbys friends, family, and coworkers.

Bobby was the most genuine person you could meet. He was smart. He was kind. He was always smiling and had something funny to say. Bobby was truly special.

Although our hearts hurt and mourn in pain… Heaven has gained more love to sprinkle down from above. Bobby, may your brightness always shine down on us. We miss you dearly. The city will never be the same without you brother. Rest easy.

Trooper Geycel Muniz
Connecticut State Police - Troop H

September 10, 2023

Requiescat in Paces

Police Officer Mike O'Connor
Branford CT PD

September 10, 2023

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.