Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert Keith Hawkins

DeKalb County Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Thursday, February 7, 1980

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Reflections for Officer Robert Keith Hawkins

Rest in peace Officer Hawkins.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 6, 2020

I will never forget the amount of people (and officers) that attended your funeral. It was the most people I have ever seen at CDUMC! I have nothing but fond memories of you and your family from back then and always enjoyed our interactions at church. I was only 12 when you passed and stumbled upon this site via Facebook. I remember being "chased by the cops" all the way down the really long hall to the Youth room as some of my fondest memories from my time in the UMYF. Rest in Peace Bob and know that you made an impact in my life!

Billy Wilson
fellow church member

April 8, 2015

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

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 32nd 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 and you will always be honored and revered. I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace today. Thanks to your wife for sharing in her reflection her devotion to you.

Rest In Peace.

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

February 7, 2012

This year has been 30 years since you have been gone. I have missed you everyday since that day in Feb.. Just 6 days before my birthday you were taking home to be God. I love you my love, I think of you everyday!!!!
You loving wife,


May 26, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

February 5, 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

December 23, 2007

You would have celebrated your 23rd birthday on the 10th of May 1980.

In the picture, your eyes are looking toward Heaven and you are beautiful.



July 6, 2006

Thanks you for serving Dekalb County and for your sacrifice.


Dekalb County EMS/PMDC Retired

October 19, 2005

You were a friend of my older brother's at Columbia Drive United Methodist Church. I remember when you stopped by once while on-duty to talk to him - that was a real rush for a kid of 11; having a police car in your driveway; and back then, it was COOL to have a police officer stop and talk to you.

Rest in peace, sir, and may your service to DeKalb County not go forgotten.

Jeff Ferguson

August 12, 2005

another officer who was taken far too early in life...i hope you have met my fiance, Cole...even though it's been over 25 years, your sacrifice is still remembered and appreciated.

Jessi Garger
Fiancee of Cole Martin EOW 4.25.03

May 27, 2005

Dang those trees, power poles, vehicles, a horse, a crane and
other objects that don't disappear on
impact. They have taken so many lives away from us, each one precious. Thanks for your service and sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Washington State

April 5, 2005

Rest in peace - Brother

August 21, 2003

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