Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Bobby Lee Coggins

North Carolina Highway Patrol, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, September 14, 1985

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Reflections for Trooper Bobby Lee Coggins

Rest in peace always and know that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 14, 2020

My condolences to Bobby Coffins family. Too many good men and women are lost to such a tragic end as this and it always breaks my heart thinking of it. This marker for the bridge is actually memorialized as a Pokemon go poke stop so people all across the nation can click on and learn of his bravery and fate. My heart goes out to Trooper Coggins family and friends. May he never be forgotten.

Denise Davis

October 21, 2019

My husband and I were driving down hwy 209 and saw the memorial for Trooper Coggins today. I did not know what had happened and looked it up (which is how I ended up here) The story of this young man’s murder has touched my heart... I am so sorry for the family who lost a future with him!

Melinda
Passerby

June 23, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Coggins.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 28, 2019

Brother I’m sadden to read what happened.

Rest In Peace

Senior Trooper Frank Rios
Texas DPS

December 29, 2018

Thinking of you this morning. Thank you for your ultimate sacrifice.

Kelly Waldroup Deputy Sheriff
Buncombe County (Retired)

September 14, 2018

To the family, friends, and colleagues of Trooper Coggins: I mailed my NO PAROLE FOR COP KILLERS, letter today on his behalf. Please know that his service and sacrifice will never be forgotten! I am very sorry for your loss. I wish that you didn’t have to endure the pain of yet another parole hearing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all!

Allie
Supporter of Law Enforcement
Wife of Corrections Deputy

September 21, 2017

Bobby, I thank you for your service. I'm one of the trackers that followed your killers. In my heart & prayers you shall remain. You
sir, are a hero to us all. Lest we forget.........

Detective Mike Lawing
Henderson County Sheriff's Office

October 9, 2016

I'm so sorry my brother. I'm one of the trackers that pursued your killers. God sees & knows all....You are a true hero for us all !

Detective Mike Lawing
Henderson County Sheriff's Office

October 9, 2016

Deputy Erdey Cummings with the Robeson county Sheriff's Office thank you so much for your service an putting your life on the line you are greatly great missed. Rest trooper Coggins.

Deputy Sheriff !
ROBESON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

March 17, 2016

I was was Brandy's handler that fateful day. Trooper Coggins was admired by the community he served and it showed by the support given to all the men and women who helped bring the murderers to justice. It was so many years ago and still seems like yesterday. Rest easy Trooper. You are always remembered.

Deputy US Marshal Steve Graves
US Marshals Service (retired)

September 17, 2015

I did not know him, but I saw the plaque on the road in memorandum. Such a shame that a good man so young had to die for no reason. I believe that anyone who shoots a police officer should get the death penalty. After all, that's what they gave Officer Coggins.

Darlene Bowe

October 25, 2014

Bobby and I attended Swain County High School and played baseball together. Bobby always had that smile as seen in his Trooper uniform. Bobby was a friend to all and I think of him often.

Chief Stan Crisp
Camp Robinson Department of Public Safety

June 12, 2014

I found a photo of Bobby when he and I were partners in the National Park Service at the Smoky Mountains. It reminded me of all the good times we had riding in your Cutlass SS and listening to Elvis.
Rest in Eternal Peace my brother.

Retired Memphis Police Officer Kevin Sha
Memphis Police Dept

January 21, 2014

Merry Christmas Trooper Coggins, I am from Weaverville, and I was 11 when you were taken, and much has changed around here since then. Anyway I saw in the paper yesterday that your father has now joined you in the heavenly kingdom, God bless you both.

Michael Roberts, former police officer

December 25, 2013

1986, I started BLET Clinton NC...The year after Bobby was shot by Bray--Rios,his Defensive instructor taught me in BLET;he told us about Bobby the contact he had with Bobby..So,even though I never Bobby seems I was touching a part of him..WE WHO have served KNOW how lucky we have been working by ourseleves miles from no where ...In small towns where I have once served,knowing that next stop could be our last,but some how we have made it to recount the near Bobby situations,,,Lucky we will always be to be here to reflect.......After meeting a mannny Trooper I still recall I have been....Talking to TRoopers from the 1950's hearing the near close calls some have seen...Missing close calls with Frank Weitzels,William Brays of the dark side knowing we all have been out there in the dark like Bobby was and coming out on top..Thanks ,for the CONVOY,and many a Trooper who taught me to swing hardm keep ,swinging...Bobby you have been with a lot of Us,knowing we must fight hard to defend what we went to BLET for,Bobby you will always inspire many!!!! Long live you COGGINS G-151,and WIllie B.Rose ...Former street warrior!!! NC

JWS
former sgt.NC agency-several other DEpts..

October 8, 2011

A true hero, and far too young. Rest in Peace Trooper.

Trooper
Michigan State Police

March 11, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 24th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya

Anonymous

September 17, 2009

It's a real tragedy any time a young and dedicated Trooper is murdered right in the prime of his life. The only thing that I am glad of is the fact that his killers are still in prison with little chance of parole. kevin hart, wilmington,nc

Anonymous

October 25, 2008

I was recently at the Highway Patrol Academy for a trainging class and heard great and sad stories about Trooper Coggins. May God Bless Trooper Coggins family, friends and co-workers. Please continue to watch over all those that are brave enough to wear the badge!!

Laura Watts
Telecommunicator

February 26, 2008

What a terrible year for the NCHP 1985 was. I only hope that the families of Troopers Coggins,Harmon and Worley realize that their service and untimely deaths will not be forgotten.


Citizen, wilmington,nc

February 23, 2008

It is difficult to read of Trooper Coggins sacrifice when I know one of the offenders. it is difficult to deal with the burglars,sex offenders and killers and gangbangers. Never let your guard down on patrol or in prison;God bless those familes of these brave individuals.

Correctional Officer
NC Division of Prisons

February 11, 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
Sergeant
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 27, 2007

TROOPER COGGINS, YOU HAVE GONE TO YOUR HEAVENLY HOME, BUT YOU ARE STILL REMEMBERED. YOU ALWAYS WILL BE. A HERO IS NEVER FORGOTTEN. YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. MY BROTHER, MAY YOU REST IN PEACE. GOD BLESS.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

September 14, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

September 14, 2007

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