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Patrolman Fred Wayne Robinson

Roanoke City Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, January 5, 1992

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Reflections for Patrolman Fred Wayne Robinson

I was just talking about him the other day… he gave me my first speeding ticket. He was so kind. It was my first ticket & I was very young & thought I was going to jail. He was so kind. It was on Franklin Road. My last speeding ticket I left court & went across the street to his funeral. May he rest in peace.

Citizen Terry Chapman

January 6, 2024

I wish you could’ve met your grandsons they would’ve loved listening to you speak about life the way I did. It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years. You will always be remembered and missed and live on through the people you trained and loved who I see from time to time traveling courthouses in Virginia. They never fail to tell me of their fond memories of you and it’s wonderful. Miss you always pops

David Robinson

January 13, 2022

You were one of my first training Officers and a true friend. I remember you as you would have wanted. You were always smiling and joking. I miss you Fred. Rest In Peace.

Officer James Dickinson
Retired Roanoke City Police Officer

January 11, 2022

Fred was a big guy with a great sense of humor. My FTO in 1987, we had many laughs during Lineup Muster and during our 3rd shift rides. We would eat at the Brown Derby Pancake House on Peters Creek Rd. I learned to be a police officer as we answered some dangerous calls together.
He was an Army veteran and enjoyed firearms. He reloaded his ammo for target practice and rode his Hondamatic Motorcycle. He had some wooded land and helped others with firewood. His CCW was a short barrelled, parkerized, .44 magnum which had been smithed to perfection.
Fred was my friend, mentor, and left a lasting impression. Never to be forgotten. We love you.

Patrolman, Tom Bandy
Roanoke City PD

January 11, 2022

On my first day at the Department the Academy Sergeant told me that I was going to 2nd Platoon for training until the Academy started. He told me that if I was lucky I’d get to have you as my FTO. He also told me to keep my mouth shut, listen to what you had to say, and pay attention to what you did and how you did it and I might actually learn something. I took his advice and have to admit that what I learned during my time with you helped me realize that I had picked the right career. I mean it must have, because 37 years later I’m still here and I still love what I do. It was truly an honor to have known and served with you.

Lt. Jennings Tardy
Roanoke PD

January 6, 2020

I remember that big smile, booming voice and one of the best firearms Instructor I've ever had in my 47 years of LE! I had just retired and was in Orange, Va. as a Chief when this happened.....very sad day for all of us and your family but I am honored to have known and served with you!

Sgt. ABS Clary
RPD Retired

January 5, 2020

Rest in peace Patrolman Robinson.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 2, 2019

Steve and I were taking a walk down memory lane with you tonight Fred. So much time has passed but you are still in our thoughts!

Bobby McNeil
DCJS-DHUD (former) and friend

March 6, 2018

I have been thinking a lot about you over the past few weeks. I miss you.

Chief Ken Criner
Rocky Mount

August 24, 2016


I miss you brother. We had some great conversation and laughs in the patrol car many a night. I tell some of our stories when ever I can. I have met your son. He's a lawyer and a darn good one. Looks just like you and has that same grin. You would be very proud. Keep roll call laughing until I see you again. Love you brother.


Sgt. Bill West (Retired)
Roanoke City Police Depertment

January 19, 2014

You would be so proud of your son who serves the law as a lawyer. One beautiful grandson and another on the way. We will never forget the sacrifice you made.

Deborah Robinson
Former wife

November 3, 2012

Today "A" shift dedicates our watch to you Patrolman Robinson. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt. J.L. Slaughter
Radford Police Department, VA

January 5, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, 20th anniversary 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 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 who love and miss
.you for I know both the pain and pride are forever,

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

January 5, 2012

Fred, your sacrifice has not been forgotten. Thank you.


January 5, 2009

"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

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

April 7, 2008



December 31, 2007

Thank you for your service. A hero is never forgotten.

Senior Officer D. W. Reichhardt
Waverly PD, Va.

January 6, 2007

Thank you for serving the citizens of Virginia and our Nation. God bless you.

Chesterfield County Police Dept., VA.

January 5, 2005

Thank you for your service and your sacrifice. It is deeply appreciated.


January 5, 2005

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