Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Robert S. Hester

Memphis Police Department, Tennessee

End of Watch Wednesday, January 12, 1983

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Reflections for Patrolman Robert S. Hester

I still wear the memorial bracelet with your name and date of the incident. What happened on Jan 1983 is still and will always be with me. My heart still goes out to your family, the MPD family and my father, which is now up in heaven with you.

Carlos Holcomb
Son of retired Capt O. B. Holcomb

December 19, 2018

While I was already aware of The Shannon Street Massacre I learned much more about it from my father-in-law that was an MPD officer on the scene that horrible night. I am so overly saddened by what you had to endure and ultimately lose your life in such a way. You nor the sacrifice you made will ever be forgotten.

Molly Dill
Family member of retired MPD officer

October 18, 2018

After 30 years with MPD, my father rarely spoke of his job to my brothers nor myself. The terrible tragedies, homicides, deaths of the innocent,elderly, & children due to ignorance involving shootings, robberies, etc. However, as a freshman in high school, I will NEVER forget his words to my mother during the horrific Shannon Street incident. "They keyed his radio up for everyone to hear his screaming as they tortured Hester." Vengeance is God's...may they continuously BURN and rot in hell for what they did to Officer Hester. Would love for the media to play that to the citizens that protest officers of all races! Maybe then people would realize why ALL officers need to protect themselves at all times as well. It's sure as hell NOT a racial issue! History does repeat itself! God bless to all law enforcement & military!

Proud daughter of MPD JD WELCH (Retired Captain/expired 2000)

October 5, 2018

We miss you, Bobby Hester, and still think of you often. My last memory of you was when you came home for a few days to Hawk Pride Mountain and fished across the street from our house. I was a freshman in high school. Gone too soon! You will never be forgotten!

Dana Wallace
Bobby's cousin

June 12, 2018

Don,I know your last name was Hester but thats what I called you.I went to Catholic High school. I remember the days after school we played rough old football. Then came the call of duty. I spent 19 months Vietnam too.I came home seemed everyone was different.I did not get to see you again. When the story broke, I already knew. Every year I go to the VN Memorial over on 51 to see my friends on the wall. I grieve for you also.I often wonder WHY? I don"t know, but it happens. Why that happened to someone like you, just cant never understand but its always the heroes in life that get called up. When something gets me down I think about you.I have to look up cause no other place can hold the sweet heavens. I was thinking when we were young you always had kind words to say, when I was down . I think about you WHY because you have always gave me the strength to carry on Semper-Fi brother. Your friend.................

L/CPL anonymous
USMC dav

May 5, 2018

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 13, 2018

Rest in peace hero.

Lt. Jim Russo

January 13, 2018

Such an unbelievably horrible incident. Rest easy Officer Hester

Lt PJ Dyring
Corning PD

January 12, 2018

Bobby, it will mark the 35th anniversary of your ultimate sacrifice. You are geatly missed. I wear a braslet honoring your memory and think about you every day and the horrible event that took place. There are only two people I think about every day since passing; you and Capt O. B. my father.

Son of Capt. O. B. Holcomb

January 11, 2018

I went to Overton High School and Bobby was a member of the Class of 1967. He was kind of quiet and had a good sense of humor. I listened and watched on TV what took place on that horrible night. Our men in blue are so brave and thousands have given the ultimate sacrifice. Brave officers tried to save Bobby that night. Finally, but too late, other brave men risked their life and made sure these murderers ├▒ever murdered anyone ever again. I salute all the men in women in blue. RIP Bobby.

High School Classmate

May 20, 2016

I was a young 2.5 year officer when this happened, in a city next to Memphis. Most of us had scanners and listened to the whole event take place. You just felt deep in your heart what those officers were going through, we even begged our supervisor to let us go and help. No one lost any sleep when the TACT team did their job. I had just lost my stepfather in a robbery in '81 (Lt. Ronald Oliver) and couldn't believe we lost another. Rest in peace brothers of the thin blue line.

Capt. Gerald "Vic" Finger (retired)
Bartlett Police Department

January 13, 2016

Visited your resting place again today my brother. Pulled up a few sprigs of grass and reset the little flag. You will not be forgotten. Rest in peace.

Law officer friend

September 4, 2015

Rest in Peace brother, we have the Watch

Phoenix PD, Brother in Blue

September 1, 2015

It has been 32 years since we all held our breath praying for your release or rescue that never came. You could have been rescued from those violent heathens but politics made the decision not to do so. Your life was cut in half at least Such a tragedy. All the media has ever wanted to remember were your seven murderers. Shame on them. Your widow should have been awarded at least 100 million dollars for wrongful death.

Law officer friend

August 27, 2015

I just want the Hester family to know that we have not forgotten Bobby and I for one continue to visit his grave and reflect on that horrible incident when Bobby went to be with the Lord. I placed a flag on his grave recently and will never stop visiting his grave. God continue to comfort Anita and the rest of the family.

Law officer friend shelby county, tn.

August 27, 2015

I was a Fugitive Squad officer of the Shelby Co, Sheriff's Dept, and on duty the night Bobby was taken hostage, I heard the first rants and raves of the crazed Linberg Sanders when our scanner locked in on the North Precinct frequency, I could hear Bobby in the background screaming. I still hear it, Many tears were shed by many officers from departments all around over the next thirty hours and after. May God continue to comfort his family members and his police family who still grieve over his passing,. May you rest in peace brother and walk those streets of gold with our Lord and Saviour.

Sgt. H.D. Bartels (Ret)
Shelby County Sheriff's Department.

July 11, 2015

I served in Viet Nam as a military policeman with Bobby. We were a small unit and all of us were very close. I did not know about this tragedy until it had all passed and I have always regretted that I did not have the opportunity to attend Bobby's farewell. I think about him often and the sacrifice he made. Rest in peace brother, I wish I could have been there to back you up that day.

Major Larry Jerald (Retired)
Marion County Sheriff's Office, Ocala, Fl

April 23, 2015

Bobby you are thought about so often...It's hard to believe that it's been 32 funny how I always think of you as my big cousin even tho I'm now a great deal older than you where the day you left us..we miss you

Mary Hester Hunt

April 7, 2015

I once saw a show on tv about this very case and needless to say, could never forget it. I am so sorry for what this poor officer had to endure and am happy to know that he is now at peace- never again to suffer like that again. God bless him and his family. Thank you to all police who put their lives on the line, so civilians like me have help when we need it most. You are all heroes.

just an ordinary citizen

February 5, 2015

I have lived in Memphis all my life, however was in Atlanta, GA when this happened. I really never knew what happened until I began looking at various events the last several days.

I can not began to imagine what you, Officer Hester, went through. The pain, suffering and horror that was in that house is beyond comprehension.

I am so sorry this happened to you. Your family and friends are in my prayers. RIP Officer Hester. Know that your thought about, loved and everybody's hero!!


August 23, 2014

My father was the XO of the North Precinct and remember those three horrifying days almost daily. Bobby, you gave the ultimate sacrifice and I am still saddened that city politics played a major hand in this event. You will always be in my heart and mind.

Carlos Holcomb
Son of Retired MPD Officer

May 11, 2014

I too, was a young adult watching as this horror unfolded. It is sad, that even today, the truth of the suffering and torture of those officers is still being 'buried' due to racial strife. it will always be there Memphis! I moved away to raise my children in a racially safe environment. my heart goes out to those who still have to endure the distorted events because the political correctness will never allow the whole truth to come forward. peace to all who serve Memphis. may the heavens protect you, Memphians will not.

s wilson

April 21, 2014

I remember this incident so well. I was glued to the television hoping and praying for Officer Hester's safety and release. My youngest child was almost 3yrs old. I sat in horror watching this tragedy unfold. This situation should have never happened and forced MPD to reassess procedures. Officer Hester, nor any living creature, should ever have to pass over in the manner that he did. The others that were killed in that house should have been released to the public for the same treatment they forced on this officer. The hatefulness that exists in this city today existed then. I think of you so often, Officer Hester. Thank you for your loyalty and dedication for the protection of us as citizens. Rest in Peace. To all officer's, I pray for your protection and a safe return to your families every day.

Melissa, Citizen of Memphis

February 11, 2014

I was 12 years old when this happened. My dad was a Lieutenant on the Shelby County Sheriff's Department. Later as I became a Memphis Police Explorer Cadet I ALWAYS thought of you and the this senseless tragedy. As I became a Memphis Police Officer in 1993, you were and have stayed on my mind and heart. When I was a FTO I would make my trainees listen to a tape of the incident that was copied over and over through the years and passed around. I wanted each and every single one of them to listen to it. Then I would have them reflect not only on your sacrifice but also grasp the cruelty and inhumane treatment by which you paid the ultimate sacrifice. Bobby may you rest in peace and know you will always be in our thoughts and prayers.. Signal C brother...

Sgt. Pete Smith
Memphis Police Department

January 25, 2014

About a year before his death, Patrolman Hester was dispatched to take a report at my house about my attempted kidnapping while walking home from first grade at Vollintine Elementary. My mother was distraught over the incident, but Patrolman Hester was so wonderful to her. Our family has always remembered him fondly and we still mark the anniversary of his death. On behalf of all those he helped, we are so grateful for his service.


August 1, 2013

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