Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert P. Dana

Metropolitan Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Sunday, March 25, 1984

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Reflections for Officer Robert P. Dana

Today, the Massachusetts State Police, along with members of the former Metropolitan Police Department and the class of 1980 takes a moment to honor and remember MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana on this his 39th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Thomas E. Dolan, retired
Massachusetts State Police/Metropolitan Police

March 25, 2019

Robert was my field training officer in the U.S. Federal Protective Service, patrol force in Boston (1979), prior to my commencing the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Academy in Glynco, Georgia. Upon my graduating the academy (1980), I returned too Boston, but Robert had transferred too the Metropolitan District Commission Police. During our time together Robert taught me patrol procedures, identified all of the General Services Administration properties in the greater Boston area that we were tasked with protecting, and conducting physical security surveys. During our brief time together Robert impressed me as a great mentor and teacher. He set the example with his knowledge, professionalism, and appearance. I served two years with the Federal Protective Service in Boston, including a tour at the Cuban Refugee Center at Ft Indiantown Gap, PA , and the Federal Air Traffic Controllers strike at various F.A.A. facilities.
I became a Melrose Police Officer in 1981 and retired in 2018. I was on duty when Robert was killed. I will never forget Robert . He was truly one of the very best officers I had served with.

Patrolman William O'Donnell
Melrose (MA) Police Department (Patrolman #1-retired)

April 20, 2018

Thirty-four years; remembered, honored, never forgotten.
MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana - March 25, 1984

Lieutenant David E. Macdonald (Ret)
Milton Police MA

March 25, 2018

Stopped by Bob's memorial stone last week at the Blue Hills Station. I remember it all like it was yesterday. I was in a fight myself making an arrest only hours before the funeral. It can happen so fast. The funeral was during a bad snow storm. Trees were blowing down across the highways. Surely God's fury to the tragedy of this great young man losing his life in the pursuit of justice and protecting good people. RIP Met classmate. You are not forgotten!

Ret. Mass State Police Sgt. David Benoit
Metro Police Academy of 1980 Classmate

March 25, 2018

Today, the Massachusetts State Police, along with members of the former Metropolitan Police Department take a moment to honor and remember MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana on this his 34th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
MA State Police/Metropolitan Police/Classmate

March 25, 2018

Just thinking of you today Bob. You and Frank O'brien, and Mitch Morgan, Frank Glassford. God I can't believe it's been so long since that tragedy I remember it like it was yesterday. So sad, so sad indeed. So long ago...

Trooper / retired
MA State Police / Metro Police

May 19, 2017

Today, the Massachusetts State Police, along with members of the former Metropolitan Police Department take a moment to honor and remember MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana on this his 33rd anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
MA State Police/Metropolitan Police

March 25, 2017

I was the Officer in Charge of the Milton Police the night Officer Bob Dana was shot and killed on Blue Hills Parkway. Newly married, his wife Charlotte Berkowitz, was an officer with Milton PD. When the calls came in, not knowing it was Bob, Charlotte , an EMT, was sent to render aid and arrived at the scene of her husband's death. In 34 years of law enforcement, the most tragic event that I ever knew or heard of, to this day almost too much to comprehend. RIP a fine young officer fallen in the Tradition of the Blue Uniform.

Lieutenant
Milton Police Department

August 4, 2016

Today, March 25, 2016 the Massachusetts State Police and members of the former Metropolitan Police Department takes a moment to honor and remember MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana (class of 1980) on this his 32nd anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

March 30, 2016

Now, it's 32. Continued Rest, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 25, 2016

And now it's been 31 years. The reflections continue to be posted and probably will for decades to come.

Hope you are still resting well, no doubt you are, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

March 25, 2015

Today, the Massachusetts State Police and the former members of the Metropolitan Police honor and remember MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana on this his 31st anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police/Metropolitan Police

March 25, 2015

Your never forgotten!

Ptlm John P Reiley
Metropolitan Police

May 3, 2014

I still think of you often. You were a good friend and great officer. Because I was a close friend, the command staff assigned me to your be with your wife and to be the O.I.C of the detail assigned to your wake and funeral. This was an honor but was unquestionably the most difficult time of my police career. 30 years later, I am deeply affected by my friendship with you. So many memories that ended too soon.

Michel (Mitch) P. Morgan, Sgt. (Ret)
Massachusetts State Police & Metropolitan Police

March 25, 2014

Today, the Massachusetts State Police, former members of the Metropolitan Police and Bob’s class of 1980 honor his memory on this his 30th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his family and his sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Metropolitan Police/Mass. State Police

March 25, 2014

MDC Patrolman Robert P. Dana - March 25, 1984
From your Brothers and Sisters of the Massachusetts State Police
and the members of the former Metropolitan Police, we honor your memory today on this your 29th anniversary. May you continue to rest in peace knowing that you and your family have not been forgotten.

Trooper Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police/Metropolitan Police

March 26, 2013

IN HONORE CASORUM
Gone. but not forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

March 25, 2013

March 25, marks 29 years since your murder. Bobby, you will never be forgotten, you are close to our hearts always. Never forget 701!

Sgt. James Simpson
Rockland PD

March 24, 2013

It been a difficult week. We just left your Mom, Joanne's wake. She is with you and Goerge now. You all are always close to Sheilas and my heart, we miss you so very much.

Bob, Goerge, Joanne, thank you for your dedication and support..... You will never be forgoten.

Sgt. James Simpson
Rockland, Mass P.D.

February 18, 2013

I knew Bob b'fore he was in the Met. We Both aspired to be Police Officers, I was a Special in Plymouth P.D. at the time of his death, We had gone out 2 weeks prior target shooting and had a couple a Jacks afterwards. After all these years I am still in shock over it Just can't let 'em go.

Lt. Dicky Fisher
Mountain States Investigations

January 18, 2013

His wife is my frist cousin Charlotte. Unfortunately I never get to meet Officer Robert Dana but I knew of this tragedy. This is the first time I have seen the detail.

Ronachai Krisadaolarn
Cousin

August 31, 2012

I hiked the Blue Hills today and walking to my car saw the memorial stone marker in memory of Officer Dana in front of the MSP Milton barracks.
I paused to pay my respects and honor his service as well as that of MSP Tpr. Paul Perry of Salem.

Paul Tucker
Salem MA Police Dept

July 6, 2012

It's been 28 years today since you left us. You are never far from our hearts Bob. You will never be forgotten. We all miss you very much, not a day goes by you are not on our minds.

Sgt. James Simspon
Rockland, Mass Police Department

March 25, 2012

I remember the Sunday morning that Bobby Dana was killed. After all the running around, following the shooting, was over Frank Parker and I lowered the flags in front of the old Upper Basin Div. to half staff. I got to go home to my family that morning, Bobby didn't.

Sgt. Dean S. Leavitt (ret)
Whitman P.D. Formerly of the Metropolitan Police

July 12, 2011

Bobby hard to believe its been 26 years.. but your still in my thoughts.The shock and disbelief of that Sunday morning are still fresh and I dont think that will ever change. I just wanted to let you know I havn't forgotten you and midnights down at the Plaza were never the same without a visit from my MDC buddy.RIP my friend I miss ya.

Off Chuck Mouncey

November 6, 2010

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