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Officer Robert Joseph Henry

Newport Beach Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 1995

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Reflections for Officer Robert Joseph Henry

Salute to you my brother. I was hired at NBPD around the same time as Bob. It still grieves me today that I wasn’t there for you brother. I was relieved of duty a couple months prior. I’m not ashamed. But you called for backup so many times in the past. I had your back, you had mine. I’ll never forget the phone calls from my brothers at the PD letting me know of the tragic event before I saw it on the news. I loved you brother. RIP my friend. Someday we will meet again.

Officer Mark Burgan
NBPD

September 27, 2020

Officer Henry,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Newport Beach. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous
United States Border Patrol

April 13, 2020

Hey Bob-O... We just laid Mr. Berger to rest at Holy Sepulcher and of course we had to go say hi. Kathy, Erik, Patty and Mark were there too. You are in such a nice spot to visit. Crazy how its been 24 years since the tragedy. You overcame this world to be with our Lord in Paradise. My friend once told me that time in heaven doesn't exist. We grieve and miss with hearts broken in slow motion. You will blink and we will be together. I love you my friend.....say hi to my mom and dad for me.

Sheila McHeny
Forever Friend

July 31, 2019

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 23rd anniversary of your EOW. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

April 13, 2018

I am going through the LASD academy right now and I hope to become a sworn peace officer soon. It would be an honor to where a badge like Officer Robert Joseph Henry wore. I will keep him in my heart throughout my career and remember his sacrifice.

Recruit Morales
LASD

February 25, 2018

I often think about being a rookie officer and being sent to pick up your wife and newborn to take them to Hoag Hospital where you were fighting for your life. That experience has stayed with me my entire career. RIP brother

Investigator Rob Long
OCDA - Former Fullerton PD

May 11, 2016

To this day I still reflect: "Why wasn't I there to help you".

MARK MILLER
NBPD Retired

March 12, 2015

I can't believe it's been 20 years ago today that my friend and fellow officer, Bob Henry, was shot while protecting the streets of Newport Beach.

I remember that night like it was yesterday because I was one of five or six other officers working that night when the dispatch call of "shots fired" rang out at 0415 hours.

It's a night I've never forgotten and I think about Bob, his survived wife, children and family quite often.

Tonight Bob I will be attending your vigil at your park and wearing the remembrance bracelet many of us still have. You were a good friend, and amazing husband, father, son and brother and you are missed.

RIP Bob-O and one day I'll be seeing you again.

Master Officer II (Retired)-Jeff Petsche
Newport Beach PD

March 12, 2015

Hard to believe it's been almost 20 years since Bob-O was senselessly murdered while protecting the rest of us from the CC's of the world. I think of you often bro, and see you more and more every day in your son. He's a good man - someone you would be very proud of. I know you are with him always, and I know you are always in his thoughts.

This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13

RIP Bob-O. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. We still miss you.

Michael Cody
Brother-In-Law

March 5, 2015

I went to Mater Dei High School with Bob. We played football together. I loved being around him -- always laughing, smiling, picking other people up -- he always knew how to put everything in perspective. Bob was humble, friendly, kind, unselfish -- he was simply GREAT! I think of Bob often. Bob and his family continue to be in my prayers. Sincerely . . .

Brian Regan
Friend

August 20, 2014

Just thinking of you..

we come into this world naked and bare
we go thru this world with worry and care
we leave this world knowing not where
but if your a thoroughbred here
you'll be a thoroughbred there

deputy mark lawrence retired laso
LASO/MATER DEI classmate

August 13, 2014

My last note on here, March 15, 2006 to my friend - days and years have passed, thoughts of my friend never fade. I often go to the park that honors you, walk around and reflect on all the years I was Blessed to have you as a friend. I still wear your memorial on my wrist.

To Bobs family - always good thoughts, and my very best to you.... Tom H

Tom Hagan

January 11, 2014

Today another officer is laid to rest, Riverside Officer Michael Crain. The nightmare is just starting for this family. The hole that is always there and the hurt that never quite diminishes. Just watching the procession brings it all back along with the pain of having lost you much too soon. I love you Bob and miss you so very much. It is almost the 18 year mark and it is still so hard to believe this much time has past. This year will mark our first without dad. He is now with you and it makes me smile to think of you two finally being reunited, yet at the same time brings tears because I miss you both.

Much love brother....

Prayers to the Michael Crain family...

Kathy (Henry) Hensley
Sister

February 13, 2013

Just thinking about you buddy!

Wojo

October 22, 2012

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

Officer 11169

January 16, 2012

I never knew this site existed until today. Thank you all for the kind words and loving thoughts. I love to hear how much Bob touched so many lives other than our own. He was an amazing brother and a true friend. He was always there when needed even without being asked. He had the great gift of bringing much laughter and joy to those around him. It has been over 16 years and at times it is still unbelievable and hard to realize I will never see his handsome face or his infectious smile or hear his laughter or feel his big ole hug again while I am here on this earth. I believe we will be reunited one day in our heavenly home and I hold on to that!! I love you Bob more than words can say and I miss you more than I thought imaginable. We lost more than you those many years ago!!! Lips :)

To all those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty please know my prayers are with you always and your loved one, nor the sacrifice made, is ever forgotten.

Kathy (Henry) Hensley
Sister

August 23, 2011

Bob,

So many years have passed, and I still remember the last time we talked. I passed by the church the other day where it occurred and showed my wife your park. You were a good friend and police officer and you are missed by so many. See you soon. John

John Police Officer
NBPD and Bob's Friend

May 31, 2011

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

April 13, 2010

I remember the first time I met on.. on gradation day at the auditorium I was managing... I was dressed in my Class A and we bonded. I remember you often and God willing, I'll see you again... RIP my friend..
WDJ 519

Anonymous

March 12, 2010

Bob-o my brother forever, I miss you, It has been 15 long years since you were hurt. please know that you are allways remembered and your legacy will remain. You were down to earth and easy to talk to. I know you are keeping watch over your family and loved ones, we feel you close by.

Katy Langness
sister in law

March 12, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the fifteenth 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 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 hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 13, 2009

Bob,

Your death came just prior to my being hired by NBPD. Please know that you are still remembered fondly. We gather regularly at "Henry's Place" which was created in your honor for us cops to gather and tell the same stories we always tell. I wish I had the priveledge to serve with you.

BH

October 5, 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

September 20, 2007

I am deeply saddened to hear this news. I cannot believe that Bob is gone. I worked with him years and years ago at Gemco - everyone there was like family. Bob was always such a special person, so kind. My heart goes out to your family.

Chelle - Citizen
Old Friend

July 30, 2007

On this, the 12th anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember.
No words, written or spoken, can fill the void you left.
You died serving your community. I know of no higher calling.
May the officers serving with the Newport Beach Police department, your friends and family, know that it is in Officer Henry's memory that we continue to serve.

Master Trooper
Virginia State Police

April 13, 2007

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