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Police Officer Robert H. Perkins

Chicago Police Department, Illinois

End of Watch Saturday, March 7, 1992

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert H. Perkins

rest in peace.......


March 7, 2006



March 7, 2006

Policeman's 23rd Psalm

The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,
His comforting hand reduces fear to naught;
He makes me walk through streets of crime,
But He gives me courage and peace of mind.

He leads me by still waters in the path I trod,
And He says in Romans I'm a "minister of God,"
He leads me in righteousness as He restores my soul,
For His name's sake He keeps me whole.

When I walk through death's valley, right up to the door,
I will fear no evil, for He comforts me more;
For Thou art with me every step of the way,
As thy rod and thy staff protect me each day.

He prepares a table, especially for me,
As I work daily among life's enemies;
He gives me authority to uphold the law,
And He anoints my position in the midst of it all.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me,
Each day of my life through eternity;
As I long to hear Him say, "Well done...,"
When I lay down my life, my badge, and my gun.

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P.O. Chris Welby
Bridgeton, Mo. PD

March 7, 2006

You are greatly missed.

Renee Perkins, daughther

May 8, 2005

God Bless...

March 7, 2005

~~~When Tomorrow Starts Without Me~~~

When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not there to see; If the sun should rise and find your eyes all filled with tears for me; I wish so much you wouldn't cry the way you did today, while thinking of the many things we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I love you, and each time you think of me I know you'll miss me too; But when tomorrow starts without me, try to understand, that an angel came and called my name and took me by the hand, and said my place was ready in Heaven far above, and that I'd have to leave behind all those I dearly love. But as I turned to walk away, a tear fell from my eye, for all my life, I'd always thought I didn't want to die. I had so much to live for and so much yet to do, it seemed almost impossible that I was leaving you. I thought of all the yesterdays, the good ones and the bad, I thought of all the love we shared and all the fun we had. If I could relive yesterday, I thought, just for a while, I'd say good-bye and kiss you and maybe see you smile. But then I fully realized that this could never be, for emptiness and memories would take the place of me. And when I thought of worldly things I'd miss come tomorrow, I thought of you, and when I did, my heart was filled with sorrow. But when I walked through Heaven's gates, I felt so much at home. When God looked down and smiled at me, From His great golden throne, He said, "This is eternity and all I've promised you. Today for life on earth is past but here it starts anew. I promise no tomorrow, but today will always last, and since each day's the same day, there's no longing for the past. But you have been so faithful, so trusting and so true. Though there were times you did some things you knew you shouldn't do. But you have been forgiven and now at last you're free, so won't you take my hand and share my life with me?" So when tomorrow starts without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your heart.

January 5, 2005

I was the prosecutor who tried the case against the person who shot and killed this brave officer. He is now doing a life sentence in Stateville-- but that is not what is important. What matters most is that Bob left behind a wonderful family that has, in his memory and in the great tradition of his courage, have become integral members of the Gold Star Families. Bob's wife,Mattie, is devoted to this great organization and has helped many,many grieving families. Just last week she was at the funeral of CPD Officer Michael Gordon. Before that she was at the dedication at the Training Academy and the retirement of Terry Hillard. The legacy of Bob Perkins lives in the devotion that his Mattie and his children still hold for the men and women who were Bob's colleagues. I am so proud to be a friend of this great Chicago family who have sacrificed so much. God bless Bob and his family.

Thomas E.Epach Jr.
Chicago Police Department

August 18, 2004

I only met him once, but he seemed to be a special person. He made feel welcomed and talked to me, not at me. I was in the Academy when he was lost to us, and it really hurt to lose someone who seemed so special. He was really a "gentle giant."


July 13, 2004

The last time I saw Bob was at roll call that morning. As a new police officer he always had time to help me in one way or another. The smile that he's showing on his picture is exactly the way I remember him. A terrible loss to the entire city. He will never be forgotten. Rest well my brother..


June 30, 2004


No officer who dies for his community should be without a reflection. You died a hero sir. Rest in piece, Officer Perkins.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 30, 2004

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