Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin

Douglas County Sheriff's Department, Nebraska

End of Watch Tuesday, December 6, 1977

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Charles Edward Dobbertin

I was a Douglas County Deputy Sheriff and knew Chuck somewhat. I was stationed at the jail and he brought people in. We also were stationed at Douglas County Hospital during the rioting of 1968. I also worked off duty at Crossroads. I just recall him as a pretty good sized but gentle decent man. I liked him right off. Another Deputy Dennis Lipari (sp) was killed near this time I think. Not so many years apart.

Former Deputy Sheriff
Douglas County Sheriffs Office. Nebraska

July 17, 2021

Deputy Charles Dobbertin's sacrifice shall not be forgotten. We will remember him. We will honor him. Today, on the anniversary of his passing and all the days to come.
To Deputy Dobbertin's family, friends and coworkers; your blue family stands with you always.

Detective Shawna McClure
Nebraska Concerns of Police Survivors

December 4, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Dobbertin.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 26, 2019

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Matt 5:9


Sgt Yoli Trujillo, Retired
Corpus Christi (Tx) P.D.

December 6, 2017


Omaha World Herald Newspaper Memorial:

In Honor of Deputy Charles Dobbertin, Douglas County Sheriff. Shot and killed in the line of duty 40 years ago today.

"He answered the call, of himself gave his all and a Part of America died".




Thank You for serving and protecting and for making the Ultimate Sacrifice. I am Proud and Honored to be your daughter. I miss and love you as much today as I did 40 years ago when God's Angels took you away...


Being asked to describe my Dad, Deputy Charles E. Dobbertin is not an easy task. As powerful as words can be, they seem minuscule in the attempt to describe his kind, caring, loving heart and soul. Everyone gravitated to him because they could see his warm and welcoming spirit.

Dad loved helping others. He wanted to be in Law Enforcement all his life. Even as a child he would stop and talk with any Police Officer he seen. He achieved his dream of being in law enforcement and he served and protected with Great Pride.

He loved his work and was especially good with young people. Dad worked part time as security for the Crossroads Shopping Center. The young folks that worked there loved him. One Christmas, they gave him a large brown bath towel with the word “DAD” engraved on it.
Dad and a few fellow deputies were instrumental in forming the Douglas County Sheriff Boat Patrol. They patrolled the river each week-end in the summer assisting boaters who needed help. They also used the boat for rescue missions in flooding or a drowning. The boat patrol was privately funded and the deputies volunteered their time without pay. This was a great community service. After my Dad's Death we donated his boat to the Sheriff's Boat Patrol. This is just one of MANY things my Dad did to protect and serve his community. Today my Dad is still doing something great for our community and that is the endowed DEPUTY CHARLES DOBBERTIN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENTS AT THE BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB interested in Criminal Justice. The recipients are so grateful and they will work as Dad did to make this world a better place.



Early in the afternoon of Dec. 2, 1977, the telephone rang in the physician's office. The ring hinted at no disaster. It did not clamor of tragedy. The secretary picked up the telephone. A routine thing in a doctor's office. The note in the caller's voice and his message were not routine. "This is the physician in the Emergency Room at Lutheran Hospital. We have one of your patient's here. He's been shot!!!She asked for the name of the patient, an appropriate inquiry. The caller disclosed that the victim was "Charles Dobbertin, a Deputy Sheriff". Mrs. Charles Dobbertin, the secretary learned of the shooting of her husband in that instant. Then she became engulfed in the full force of the tragedy.There followed a hurried drive to the hospital, three frantic hours of surgery and multiple transfusions to stay the hand of DEATH. One day of HOPE and three days of DESPAIR. Then the actual moment of death with all the tears, grief, sorrow, feelings of absence and the loss that flow in the wake of DEATH. The private hurts, unending and sleepless nights and the deprivations suffered by a family. Things that are elusive to being captured by a pen



"When I started this assignment it seemed kind of easy. Cutting out pictures in the newspaper of people who appeared to be hero's. But it really didn't hit me what a hero really was until something kind of terrible happened.

My best hero ever was my God-Father Chuck Dobbertin. Chuck was married to my Mom's Best Friend and she is my God-Mother. Chuck and Cathy had there girls, Jody, Julie and Judy. Chuck never had any brothers only one sister (Karen). He didn't have any sons, so I was kind of his son, his Godson.

Chuck became a Catholic when he married Cathy in Nov. 1959. He always wanted to be a policeman so he joined the Sheriff's Department and was a Deputy Sheriff. Sometimes he would stop by and turn on the flashing red lights for us and it was really neat!

Chuck liked kids a lot and worked sometimes at Basketball and Football Games. He worked at the Auditorium at specials and one day when he was going down to get a paycheck at the auditorium, he saw a man stealing packages out of a UPS Truck. Chuck stopped his own truck and chased the man, but the man dropped the packages so Chuck picked up the packages and put them back He drove on and saw the man again and got out and chased him and the man shot him in the face and stomach, that was Friday, Dec. 2, 1977.

My Mom and I went to the hospital on Saturday to be with Cathy. Chuck's Mom (Rose) and his Dad (Bud) were there and so was his daughter Jody. Cathy was at home trying to sleep. We stayed up there all afternoon. My Mom went into see Chuck but I didn't. Mom and Chuck's Mom and Dad talked about how Chuck would go out of his way to do good things even when he was off duty. He was a good man and tried always to share his goodness with people around him. I am sorry I didn't get to know him better but I feel he is always in my mind and heart. I wanted him to be my sponsor at Confirmation but now it is too late... CHUCK DIED YESTERDAY".

Jody Lee

December 6, 2017

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

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

December 18, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, PPD, eow 4/24/05

December 6, 2011

Though I never knew him, he was part of my Law Enforcement family and I will mourn this deep loss the rest of my life. My heart aches with all the losses we have suffered, and continue to suffer, through the years. God is our only peace in such incidents & our only real comfort comes from Him. May His strength, comfort & peace continue to be the sustaining force in the lives of all who knew this beloved officer; and may it somehow help to know they do not grieve alone.

Vicki Hare, Telecommunicator
Salisbury NC PD

October 7, 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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 11, 2007

G-d Bless.

December 10, 2006

Heroes and the sacrifices they make are not forgotten. Deputy Dobbertin, you are a true hero and you are not forgotten.

Salem, Va

December 6, 2006

May you rst in Peace knowing that you are remembered and still missed.

July 10, 2006

I salute you for your dedication and your sacrifice.

A grateful citizen.

September 16, 2004

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