Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Roger Charles Hobden

Duncanville Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Monday, December 3, 1979

Leave a Reflection

Reflections for Officer Roger Charles Hobden

Rest in peace Officer Hobden.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

December 3, 2019

Officer Hobden,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Duncanville. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

December 3, 2019

Wow I was a teenager when this TRAGEDY HAPPENED. We knew something terrible happened when we heard all the sirens from our house on Lou Ave. I knew Mr. Poe and Mr. Hobden were good officers and great men. I learned from that horrible night what if meant to give a life to protect others. They were and are and ALWAYS WILL BE REMEMBERED AS HERO'S. Thank you for your service and Thank you to your families for giving us the best of your lives. I am so very sorry for all the pain you have had to live with. REST IN PEACE TO 2 OF THE GREAT ONES...

Marcy Duncan Warren
Citizen of Duncanville for 25 years.

July 5, 2017

Never forgotten.

Police Officer - -
Mesquite (TX) Police Department

December 3, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and miss you. Both the pain and pride are forever.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

December 3, 2009

I knew Roger in High Shool 1973-76. We took a Mechanic class at South Grand Prairie High. One day after school let out i was driving home and ran out of gas. Roger stopped and helped me. He went and got me some gas. I never forgot that and in 1979 when i heard that he had died i was sad. I am now 51 years old and still remember. He was a good guy.

Ray LaMascus

May 12, 2009

Officer Hobden,
On today, the 29th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Duncanville. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



December 3, 2008

Officer Hobden, you have not been forgotten. Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

March 24, 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

February 6, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

December 3, 2007

You have not been forgotten. Continue to keep watch over your loved ones and those still out on patrol watching over the Thin Blue Line. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

December 2, 2007

This was one great man! I was nine years old and lived in front of Rogers house. His dear mother watched my brother and myself when we were little. I'm VERY selfish in that I want him back!!!! He would play football, hide & go & seek with us. He was a very giving person and would do anything for you! I will always remember when Roger took my brother and I to see the Muppet Movie in 1979 he bought us pop corn and everything! Every time I see his picture I cant help but cry! I have devoted my life to help others and its because of Roger.....Thank you my brother and I will see you again one day!

Firefighter / Paramedic
Cedar Hill Fire Dept 10 years and Keene FD

November 7, 2007

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May your family take comfort in the fact that you will FOREVER be a hero and NEVER be forgotten!

Sergeant Mark, Retired

August 3, 2007

RIP, our fallen brother, thank you for your service to Duncanville Police Department, and The Great State Of Texas. May the Lord protect your family and comfort them always.

Pecos Police Department
Pecos, Texas.

October 25, 2006

I knew Roger from about the time we were six years old until his death. We attended First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie; earned our Eagle Scout together in Troop 195 and grduated together from Grand Prairie High School. He was a true friend and I still miss him to this day. I know he is in heaven and at peace.

Charles Calhoun
Childhood Friend

August 3, 2006

Time passes as time must but you are remembered.May you rest in Peace.

May 31, 2006

My father was a sergeant with the Duncanville Police Dept. for 19 years and retired in 1985. I was a young man and remember the night that he recieved the call from dispatch that officer Hobden and Sergeant Poe were involved the the accident it was the first time that I ever saw my father cry. I just wanted to say that we still remember and GOD BLESS!!

Sergeant B. Bushman
Dallas Transit Police

November 28, 2004

Want even more control of your Reflection? Create a free ODMP account now for these benefits:

  • Quick access to your heroes
  • Reflections published quicker
  • Save a Reflection signature
  • View, edit or delete any Reflection you've left in the past

Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now.