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Officer Robert Lyle Hawk

Tempe Police Department, Arizona

End of Watch Saturday, September 24, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Robert Lyle Hawk

Rest in peace always knowing 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 24, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Hawk.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 1, 2020

I worked with Bob before he was a Officer.
He will always be one of the finest men I have or will ever meet in this life.
His values and morals are to be never in question as he lived his life helping those in need.
He was always fair and heard both sides of a story .
He was always humble yet confident and his smile infectious.
His jokes would have you rolling and never a bad word about anyone left his lips as long as I knew him.
He loved his family and friends without question.
And he loved his fellow Officers as brothers .
He still is the personification of a true Policeman in every way.
He honored the uniform and his oath with all that he was.
He loved his community and served them with humility and love.
I'll see you when I see you Bob.
God Speed and I hope Gods peace and blessings for his family and fellow brothers in blue.
Love you Bob...I wouldn't be alive today if it hasn't been for you.
I hope I made you proud.

Norman Egolf
Loss Prevention Officer, Smitty's Grocery Stores

January 10, 2019

Officer Hawk,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Tempe. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

September 24, 2018

This message is to the mother of Officer Robert Lyle Hawk, who has requested to speak with me,As I would be honored to do so,and can be reached at ,

Civilian // Craig j Nielson
911 caller

February 7, 2014

Craig Nielson It would be good if we could talk with you after
all these years. If you see this message, please e-mail us.

Judy L. Hawk
Robert's mother

September 8, 2013

I graduated from the Academy with Officer Hawke and worked on the same shift with him at the time of his murder. I can never think of my time with the Tempe Police Department without thinking of Bob and his family, of the tears at the funeral, of trying to whisper faith promoting words into the ears of the survivors of this fallen hero. One of my goals as a Tempe Police Officer and my continued career in Law Enforcement with the State has been to never to let his memory be tarnished by doing something that would discredit the badge. You paid the ultimate sacrifice and for this you will receive the ultimate reward. John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends

S.A.S. Steve Wozniak
Ohio Attorney General's Office

October 24, 2012

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. 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.

Time never diminishes respect. You will always be remembered and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and miss you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their devotion in their loving reflections.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

September 23, 2012

Mr Nielson, you have done more than enough just by leaving your reflection after all this time. Please know that the family is fine and doing well in the care of the Concerns of Police Survivors. I hope and pray that your family is doing well.

Earl Fisher (Phx PD Retired)
Southwest Region Trustee, C.O.P.S.

September 23, 2012

almost 25 years ago,as i was driving home with my 2 sons,on u.s.60, I rolled up to an officer who was hurt bad,in the middle of the freeway and bleeding bad, I protected the officer with my vehical,turned on my emergency flashers, called 911 and got help on the way? And did everything i could to comfort the injured man as he fought for his life !As Semis blasted by in the dark of night,i feared for my sons that waited in my vehical,At 6 and 9 years of age both crying in fear of what was happening? It seemed like time was stopped as i held the officers broken body,and attempting to keep him breathing! My preyers go out to Officer Hawk and his family? Please forgive me for not saving your brave soldier that was taken long before his time! I am haunted by the memory,as well as my boys! RIP...

Civilian; Craig j Nielson
1st person to arrive on location

August 13, 2012

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

May 18, 2012

I just wanted to let you and your family know that we remember all of you. Always have. You were taken from us on my wife's birthday. We attended your services and always wondered how your wife and sons were doing over the years. I am still in the grocery business as the manager these days. God bless all. Tom

Tom,Lisa,Tommy & Kelly Jasper
Former co-worker & friends

February 1, 2010

Rest in Peace, Officer Hawk. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

May 17, 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
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

November 18, 2007

You will always be remembered by your brothers and sisters at the Tempe Police Department. It was a proud day when the City of Tempe dedicated a police substation in your honor. You will live on forever within our hearts as a hero that made the ultimate sacrafice for his community. Our prayers will always be with you and your family.

FRom a fellow Tempe Police Officer

April 13, 2005

To a true hero, never to be forgotten.

An Arizona Cop

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