Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert James Davey, Jr.

Alameda Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, March 3, 1983

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Reflections for Officer Robert James Davey, Jr.

Rob joined APD about 10-14 days before I did. He went to Alameda County Sheriff's academy (12 wks) and I went to UC Berkeley PD's (6 wks). For a while one of us would be starting shift and the other would be going off. But we did get together in the summer or fall of 73, working Graveyards. Shift seemed to go a little faster when Rob was on. Spring of 74 I moved to the California State Police, which has (1995) merged with California Highway Patrol. I managed to meet up with Rob a few times when we were both graveyards. I transferred to Sacramento in May 1979. March 4, 1983 comes around and I've been in Sacramento for 3-4 years. The Queen of England was visiting and I had previously asked to work the Governor's temporary residence while she was in town. When they showed up, one had to get something else, so handed me a folded California state flag and a proclamation presentation folder and said follow the Captain. Watched Gov. Deukmejian sign the proclamation . Everyone left and I stayed on post. About 2 hrs later, I was told to call home - priority non-emergency. My wife had gotten a phone call from her Mother telling her what has happened with Rob. We talked for a few minutes. After hanging up it hit me. The proclamation the Governor signed was Rob's as was the folded flag.

We've kept kept in contact with Sue and the family thru the years. MY wife and I visited a number of time. Stopped in a couple of times while in the area on CHP business.

Raymond Meyer, Sgt, ret
California Highway Patrol

April 6, 2022

Rob and I were neighbors growing up, he was 5 and I 6 when we met. His family treated me like a son and insisted I sit with them at the funeral. After my Army years in VN and Rob’s in the Navy he stayed up in Alameda and I in Torrance. He came down to LA for some training and we threw a big party a caught up. He was shot only weeks after that. Myself and 5 other couples flew up for the service and we all stayed at another one of Rob’s friends from the old days at Torrance high. I can’t begin to watch The Big Chill without thinking of Rob. Great friend, neighbor and father. God Bless Rob.

Richard Diemer
Friends since childhood

July 7, 2021

I ride my bike in alameda and go past his memorial plaque often. Each time I thank him for his service, especially now when the officers who put their lives on the line to protect us are under attack. Bless you officer Davey. I hope your family are all well. I imagine you are someone’s guardian angel still!

Ellen C Bradley
Grateful Alameda resident

October 4, 2020

I met officer Davey when I was 18. He was smart and kind. I carried his picture in my wallet for years to remind me of his sacrifice. I’m 60 now and still think of him.

Carole McRory Habash
Alameda resident from 1959 to 1988

August 30, 2020

We are privileged to be able to wear the uniform worn by Officer Rob Davey, Jr. Although there are only two of us still working at the Alameda Police Department who had the honor of working with Rob, all of our members know his story. He will never be forgotten.

Alameda Police Officers Association

March 2, 2020

First of all, I'd like to thank the previous poster, R Sargent, for caring for Officer Davey's headstone for more than 10 years. That right there, ladies and gentleman, is respect for our Fallen. And doing so without telling anyone for over 10 years, Sir, YOU are my HERO.

Officer Davey, my father joined roughly around the time you did, he joined LAPD in 1971 and was involved in his first fatal OIS within 3 weeks into his FTO. That time, the good guys won but his FTO was so severely injured he had to medically retire at only 24yo. Years later, my own father would be involved in a serious TC when a drunk driver hit him on his Motor as he was assisting a citizen and also was forced to medically retire at the age of 40 and would have lifelong lasting issues from that crash.

Rob, Kelli, Krista and Joe - we have never met but I've heard that a few of you have followed your dad's footsteps into public service. And that you are all involved, in some way, with Law Enforcement businesses or giving back. Your mom (and dad) did a good job raising you and in keeping his memory alive. Not many, after being mortally wounded, would have been able to still disarm the man who shot him to protect his brothers and sisters he worked beside from being shot as well. He saved many lives that day and all those Officers/Sergeants owe their lives to him. He is the epitome of what a HERO is made of. I'm sure if he were here now he would deny every bit of it because a true HERO is humble in his/her heart.

And to Mrs. Sue Davey, I am also deeply sorry for your loss. I have been not only the daughter of an Officer but the wife for the past 25+ years of an Officer/Detective/Sergeant/LT/and now patrol Captain who will be retiring very soon after 30 years of service. I'm one of the lucky ones (so far), we've made it! I do run a support group for Law Enforcement spouses if you'd like to join, we'd love to have you. Right now our oldest dated EOW is from 1983 and our newest is about 2 months. Please contact me if you'd like. I have my website under my BlueWivesMatter name just google me or through BlueCoatMusic (Chris - tell him Kristen from Blue_Wives_Matter sent ya, he has my number)

All my best for your entire family!

Kristen Sweaza Daughter of retired IOD LAPD Motor Officer Wife of Police Captain Robert Sweaza FVPD, CA Founder of Blue_Wives_Matter

September 5, 2019

I cared for this grave for nearly a decade when my best friend died and I noticed Officer Daveys grave never had flowers or was visited. I went to the cemetery everyday for over a decade to visit my best friends grave. Then after all those years a wreath came to Officer Daveys grave. And flowers another time after. He was re-remembered and it made me feel very happy inside.

R Sargent

August 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. You are honored and remembered on the 35th anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

March 3, 2018

This was my late husband's (Rocky Withers) first cousin. I never knew the entire story until I read this. This was a great tragedy. Knowing the Withers and Davey sides of the family I know he was a person with the utmost integrity and he fulfilled his duty to serve and protect.

Lois Withers
Cousin by marriage

June 8, 2017

Officer Davey was a strong man. I am sure he is still missed.

Stan Jefferson
Citizen of Arizona

March 3, 2017

May God continue to richly bless your family. On that day, you made the ultimate sacrifice for the good of all. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends-John 15:13.

Brian R.
Former Police Officer

March 3, 2017

Another year passes by. We will never forget! Thank you for watching over us!

Anonymous
Anonymous

March 2, 2017

"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”

Euripides

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2015

I found a medal with Robert J Davey Jr's details on it in Dublin, Ireland. If you lost it, please contact me and I will return it to you.

Susan McGuinness
n/a

September 1, 2014

Rob, 31 years and it seems like it was just yesterday. I had the honor of working with you. You taught me how to get my point across with a smile on my face. You were and still are an inspiration to many people. I am so grateful that your memory has not and will not ever be forgotten by your extended family the members of the Alameda Police Department.

You would be proud of Sue and your children today, as I am sure you are as you keep watch over them even now. They all are wonderful, caring, loving people.

Rest in peace my friend.....

Ret. Lieutenant Art Fuentes
Alameda Police Department

March 3, 2014

Rob I cannot believe it's 30 years now. Where has time gone.
I wonder what you would think of life today. Its amazing. Your family look terrific. But I am sure you know that - God works in so many wonderful ways. Whenever an officer is killed on duty I always think of you.
God Bless you always.
Norma

NORMA JANET JACK
cousin

April 13, 2013

ALTHOUGH YOU LEFT THIRTY YEARS AGO, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN THE GOOD YOU HAVE DONE HERE ON EARTH.

Doug Gist, Captain (ret.) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

March 4, 2013

I did not start working at APD until 1985. I did not have the honor of knowing or working with Rob. I have heard many wonderful stories about him from others who worked with him. My heart and prayers go out to his family as they go through this difficult time each year and for all the special moments in their lives that he is unable to attend. However, I have no doubt that he is ALWAYS watching over them.

Debi Brown, former APD technician
Alameda Police Department

February 5, 2013

March 3, 2013 will mark thirty years since the death of Alameda, California Police Officer Robert J. Davey Jr., and I am sure that many of you are like me, and remember it like it was yesterday.

The Alameda Police Department will be celebrating Rob's life at a Mass that will be said on March 3 at 1130 hours. The Mass will be at St. Joseph's Basilica on Chestnut St. in Alameda. Sue Davey and all the Davey children, Rob, Kelli, Krista and Joe will be in attendance.

Sgt. Randy Keenan (Ret)
Alameda, CA Police Dept.

February 5, 2013

I have laid down my life in service to all of you.
I have been a part of the fabric that has held the line between your safety and your victimization. I have given my life so that others may live in peace. I have lived my life as a dedicated member of the greatest profession. There is no greater honor.

As I now become a part of the rich history of law enforcement, please remember me always for I have left behind those who loved and depended upon me.
My partners and my agency, please remember my family, their loss, and don’t let time soften your compassion for them.

You guard the gate now and I will continue my watch from above.

MAY YOU REST IN PEACE AND MAY YOUR FAMILY FIND COMFORT IN THE GOOD YOU HAVE DONE HERE ON EARTH.

Doug Gist, Captain (ret) Washoe S.O.
Silver State National Peace Officers Museum

February 5, 2013

I am simply an Alameda Bay Farm resident. Noticed the APD badge on the street sign. So I looked it up. Street signs are used for so many people who don't deserve them. But Officer Davey is quite the opposite, a true hero. So glad this sign is there to help us remember his sacrifice for our city. Thank you to his family fo r all you have given to our families, for our safety. That Alameda will be made a safe place for families. Thank you

Armando Zumaya
citizen

January 26, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

November 24, 2012

You never realize just how much something is missing from your life until you don't have it anymore. Recently, Stanislaus County lost one of their Heros. All I could do is think of you. It makes me so sad to think of all the things you missed out on because of a coward robbing it from you. It's been almost 30 years since you were stolen from this world. All of the memorials are great, but it doesn't make it feel any better. Rest in peace angel. And watch over all of us!

Anonymous
Anonymous

April 23, 2012

Wow, what a hero. Amazing

Chris

October 1, 2011

Never worked with a nicer person. I think of Rob every time I come to town. I wish the best for his family and children.

Robert Leach-former Police Officer
Alameda PD/Folsom PD

May 19, 2010

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