Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert B. Laurenson

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, June 2, 1973

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert B. Laurenson

Remembering you today. The pain of your tragic loss and how awful those days were. It was noted in the newspaper but it felt like it should've been shouted from rooftops, how the world had changed at the loss of one of the good guys. Henry, Flo, Bill and Diane were never the same. Neither were your children. I stood on the sidelines then, numb, and only now fathom the impact. R.I.P. Robert

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friend

June 5, 2019

It’s that time again, birthdays we used to laugh about, being a few days older seemed like such a plus. Now that you’ve been gone for a while, the loss still feels as real as when I heard the sad news. 1973. No more birthdays to share. However, 2018, I still remember you, Robert, my knight in shining armor, who walked me to school when I was too scared to walk on my own. Always a hero to us. RIP

Janet Schultz Allen
Friend

November 12, 2018

Rest in peace Officer Laurenson. A New City police hero. My dad was a thirty-eight year veteran working out of the 102nd precinct in Richmond Hill, Queens. You are buried in Elmont not far from where I lived in Cambria Heights on 231st Street. St. Boniface cemetery has other heroes from your department there and is next to Beth David Cemetery.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

August 30, 2018

He was brother of one of my classmates. His shield number was close to my grandfather. I had to prop up my mother when she saw his shield. Only a few numbers from her father's. RIP. So many yeas. I pray for him for often.

John E Bardes

January 5, 2018

For my dear friend, Robert- my best friend for all those wonderful school age years...I have never forgotten you, I never will. May your family find peace and the knowledge that their son, brother, Dad made a big difference in many lives, especially mine. I miss you still, the big brother I never had. In my yearbook you wrote"On this page of purest white, only an angel would dare to write..." You did, and you are , an angel now. Happy Birthday, old friend. 11-12-16

Janet Schultz Allen
Family Friend

November 11, 2016

Bob. Most wonderful person too good for this world PAB

P

February 28, 2016

It was my honor to research newspapers, books and magazines and finally find your ID Card Photo in a 1973 Spring 3100 article and make sure your photo was put on this site. I wanted to put a face to your heroism in the Line of Duty. I did the research because you are a brother officer and no matter how many years past, you will always be remembered. Rest Easy Hero.

APO Christian Durante
NYPD: 68th Precinct Auxiliary Police Unit

February 5, 2016

RIP Officer Laurenson. You are not forgotten

Retired Police Officer
NYPD

June 2, 2015

We miss you always, we'll love you forever...
Diane, Bob and Robert Henry

Diane Laurenson
Sister, Brother-in-Law, Nephew

June 2, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito
Texas

June 2, 2015

Robert and I were childhood friends- best little Kindergarten friends
at Gotham Avenue School. As our November birthdays approach
I find myself remembering much- as a 4 year old, I was afraid to go to school. Robert stopped by my house to pick me up every day.
We walked together, we went Trick or Treating together.
In High School, we danced together, to the Beatles, but
we were best friends,always. It is not lost on me that if it hadn't
been for Robert being in my life, I may not have gone to school at all!
After being a NY public school teacher for 35 years, Robert- I salute you,
I miss you, your friendship lingers in my mind.
We would tease each other, about Robert being 10 days older than me-
In my mind, he is still the 'big brother', the protector who walked me to school when I was scared. Happy Birthday, Robert-your brave actions live on forever in those of us whose lives you have touched

Janet Schultz Allen
Family Friend

November 9, 2014

My Brother, our Hero - you will NEVER be forgotten.
Oh, what a life you would have led! But, in the short time here on Earth, you left your indelible mark on so many. Love you forever!

Diana Laurenson
Sister

June 2, 2014

40 Years-not forgotten.

RIP Robert

TPF/SCU
NYPD

June 2, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 39th anniversary year 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.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever.

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

November 15, 2012

Bob, you made the ultimate sacrifice. I remember after my tour of duty I use to stop by your placard and I took a moment to reflect, if it wasn't for people like you the 20th precinct would not be one of the best precincts in the city. You did not have to die for it. God bless you and your family!

PO John Goirdano (ret)
nypd 20th precinct

May 21, 2010

I just wanted to let your family and friends know that there are many out there who know the pain that you feel today. My brother Roger was killed 4 years ago today on June 2nd. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many folks who care. I pray that God will bless you with many precious happy memories to help fill your heart "especially today".

Judy Coleman
Sister of Roger Lynch

June 3, 2009

36 yrs and you will never be forgotten. God Bless Ofc. Robert B. Laurenson's family, friends and the NYPD.

Retired PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

June 2, 2009

I said a little prayer today for Police Officer Laurenson and his family. He may be gone but never forgotten. He will always be a New York HERO.

Robyn Wilkes

May 26, 2009

"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
Sergeant
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 20, 2007

"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
Sergeant
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 20, 2007

No person goes unnoticed before God.Thank you for your service.

(RETIRED)PO John Giordano
N.Y.P.D. 20th precinct

May 2, 2007

Bob and I were Trainees together so many years ago in
Mcy #4. in 68-70. He could always make me laugh. Bob was the first LOD death that I knew personally, and it hit hard. Sadly since then there have been so many others.
I'm sorry you did not get to grow older with us Bob. The world would have been a better place with you here.
RIP

Lt Dennis Coyle ( Retired )
NYPD

November 17, 2006

33 years and we still miss you so much. You now have a nephew named after you - and we're certain you'll be his Guardian Angel from above as you were mine in life. Rest peacefully, my brother, my hero.

Diane Laurenson
Sister

August 5, 2006

33 years gone by,,,RIP......

Det Jim Mulligan (retired)
NYPD

June 2, 2006

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 6, 2004

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