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Patrol Officer Robert B. Hatchell

Petersburg Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Sunday, July 18, 1943

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Reflections for Patrol Officer Robert B. Hatchell

Officer Hatchell,
On today, the 75th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Petersburg. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

July 18, 2018

Uncle Robert, Annie, your sister was my grandma & best friend. I knew of you my whole life & you were always talked about & never forgotten. I also remember the family never thought that man shot you & sure enough he didn't. I wish I could have known you but I did know a lot of your family. I grew up with them. I am trying to figure out how to get the law passed that President John F. Kennedy & George W. Bell, Officer Down Memorial Page, called Proclamation 3537. I think there should be a holiday actually taken off each year on May 15th like the President wanted. I am trying & from heaven you will see. This is also for Grandma Annie Hatchell. She would be so pleased. Although I never got to meet you, I love you. You are my uncle!

Patricia Storey

January 28, 2017

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 67th 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 18, 2010

I only wish I could have met you. I don't remember hearing stories too much growing up, but I love hearing them now about you. I am so glad my husband found this page. I don't know if it's because I married an officer, but I really feel a bond now knowing about you and your life. Grandmother misses you! Your watch may have ended here on earth, but I know you are watching over us even now. Thank you for your bravery and love.


May 15, 2006

Officer Hatchell,
I learned of you and your story last year while visiting your daughter in Petersburg. She spoke very fondly of her memories of you. She told me how she would shine your brass and your .38 cal. ammo, which lined your duty belt, and how she would run your dinner down to the station while you were on the night shift. I know your daughter as “Grandmother.” She is my wife’s grandmother. I married your great-granddaughter nearly 7 years ago and we have been blessed with 3 children, your great-great-grandchildren. Your memory has created a special bond between me and your daughter because I too am an LEO. We live in Florida and I don’t speak to her much on the phone, my wife mostly does, but I think of her (and you) often and she writes to us frequently, always mentioning how she thinks of me and prays for me. This means a lot to me and I am fortunate to have her prayers. I felt the need to write to you to say hello and thank you for your heroism. I hope you are pleased with me, both as a husband to your great-granddaughter but also as a deputy. Rest in peace Sir.

Deputy Keith Viti
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office

March 28, 2006

You were a brave man. We won the war, by the way. You were part of the victory! God Bless You.

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond, VA Police

August 28, 2003

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