Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Robert R. Lawson

Itasca County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota

End of Watch Thursday, October 29, 1981

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Robert R. Lawson

Grandpa… I was only 2 when you were taken from all of us and can’t remember your face. I hear so many great stories of you and meet many people that loved and respected who you were as a person/officer. I so wish we could of had more time but know you’re there with me everyday I walk the line. I can only hope to be as great as you. I rejoice for the day we meet in heaven. I love and miss you Buddy Guy

Grandson - D.J. Roberts
Itasca County Sheriffs Dept.

January 14, 2022

Parole has been denied for Audie Fox for a period of 10 years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the friends and family of Deputy Sheriff Lawson. To Robert Lawson, thank you for your service.

John Haseltine

February 13, 2021

I grew up just a few miles away from Taconite in Marble Mn. In 1981, I was a freshman in high school and had already made my decision to become a police officer. EVERYONE knew Deputy Beefy Lawson if you lived east of Grand Rapids in Itasca County. He was well known and a well respected law man. RIP sir, you are gone, but as you can see, not forgotten!

Lieutenant (Retired)
St. Cloud Police Department

January 14, 2021

Parole has been denied for Audie Fox (the killer of Deputy Lawson). For now, we can rest a bit easier. My condolences to Robert Lawson's friends and family.


January 12, 2021

No Parole letter sent.

Cynthia Ann Starr

December 11, 2020

Proudly mailed my NO PAROLE letter today, on behalf of HERO Officer Ronald Patrick Reagan.

To his family, friends and colleagues, I am very sorry for your loss!

To Officer Reagan: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. You ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

RIP Officer Ronald Patrick Regan

RPO Lorraine Rhodes
Brookside Police Departartment, AL

December 10, 2020

Proudly emailed my NO PAROLE LETTER on behalf of HERO Deputy Sheriff Lawson today.

To his family, friends and colleagues: I am very sorry for your loss!

To Deputy Sheriff Lawson: Thank You for your service and sacrifice. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!

God Bless You All

Allie Wroten
Proudly Supporting All L.E.O.’s
Wife of a Corrections Deputy

December 8, 2020

I was a St. Louis Co. Deputy when this went down. My regret at the time was that Fox was taken alive and uninjured. I have sent my usual letter in to the parol board to lock Audie Fox up in a cell in the basement of the pen with the biggest, baddist, gay prisoner, weld the door shut, turn off the water except for the toilet, and feed them peanut butter sandwichs.

Deputy Dave Laurila
St. louis County S. O. Retired

November 26, 2020

I remember the day all to well Deputy (Beefy) Lawson was shot and killed by Audie Fox. He was a close friend of my Dad growing up in Taconite. He was one reason I got into L.E. I always send in a letter to MN Parole Board to deny parole for Audie Fox who executed Deputy Lawson.
RIP Brother Beefy. We will never forget you. God Bless your family and friends.

Deputy Chief , John Saw. Ely Police Dept.

November 24, 2020

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I also worked for Itasca County only in the welfare department. Beefy was a great man and loved by everyone. We all prayed for a better outcome, but it was not to be. His daughter was also our neighbor. Every time Mr. Fox's parole comes up I pray that it is not granted.

David ness

October 29, 2017

My prayers be with you and your family. I hope my letter made it to the parole board. Thank you for serving!

John Haseltine - Civilian

January 7, 2016

Rest in peace, my brother of the badge. My "No Parole" letter went out today, God bless you, your family, friends and Department.

Bob Reed - Retired Police Officer
South Lake Tahoe PD

December 23, 2015

Rest in peace brother. Proud to send off my No Parole letter today. Thank you for your service. God bless the family, friends, and former co-workers of Deputy Lawson during this painful reopening of a never healing wound.

Sr. Ptlmn Donnie Meaders(RET)
Wewoka (OK) Police Department

December 22, 2015

I mailed off my No Parole letter on your behalf, may you rest in peace. John 3:16

Ret. Sergeant Joe Covington M/C #4926
Corpus Christi Police Department

December 22, 2015

Just read your story in the latest MPPOA magazine. Only a coward would commit such an act. Thank you for your service, Deputy Lawson. We have the watch from here.

Ofc. DW

August 11, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 28th 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 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.

Todd, I am sure your father is very proud that you have continued his legacy of protecting and serving.

Phyllis Loya


October 29, 2009

RIP.You are not forgotten by those who knew and loved you.


March 4, 2009

Although I was only nine years old, I remember vividly how this event shook the entire Iron Range. I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but your name and memory will forever be in my heart and prayers. Thank you for your service, and God bless you, Hero.

Sgt. Jason Walters
Minneapolis Police

May 30, 2008

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

this writer hopes that life in prison means life in prison

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

October 29, 2007

Dad.It has been 26 years since you left. I feel so proud as your son and a current Police Officer. You gave your life, so others could live and enjoy theirs as god intended life to be lived. I miss you greatly and I hope someday to be half the Officer that you were. See you in heaven. Love Your Son Todd.

todd lawson

October 22, 2007

Rest in God's loving embrace, hero. You will never be forgotten.

Wisconsin L.E.O.

September 21, 2007

All these years later, I still often think of Mr. Lawson. I was a friend of his children and was lucky enough to have known him. He was a fine example of the influence one person can have on many people he touched. You are truely loved and missed. God bless you, your family and fellow officers. Dora Spangenberg Ricard

September 9, 2003

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