Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Robert E. Machate

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Friday, March 3, 1989

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert E. Machate

Rest In Peace ... hero

Ret. Po ohara
Nypd mounted

March 3, 2021

Although I didnt know you I worked with your brother in Brooklyn North I was your brothers Sgt. I was deeply saddened by your tragic death at the time Rest in Peace ..from time to time I think about you and all my brothers and sisters in blue that are no longer here God bless you all

Sgt. FRANK Bayer

July 23, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

June 4, 2020

I worked with Bobby Machate in NSU-11 (72 Pct.) in Dec. 1986- July 87: a Great guy who always had your back & fearless. May he Rest In Peace & will never be forgotten. Danny Chiarantano, Cold Case Squad/ Active.

Sgt. Danny Chiarantano
NYPD- Cold Case Squad

March 3, 2020

I worked with Bobby Machate in NSU-11 (72 Pct.) in Dec. 1986- July 87: a Great guy who always had your back & fearless. May he Rest In Peace & will never be forgotten. Danny Chiarantano, Cold Case Squad/ Active.

Sgt. Danny Chiarantano
NYPD- Cold Case Squad

March 3, 2020

Rest in Gods Eternal Peace

PO Blaich ...retired

March 3, 2020

Although I did not know you Bobby, I worked in the command where it happened. You were a well respected aggressive cop making a difference everyday you worked. I never pass that corner without thinking of your sacrifice and saying a quick prayer for your family. Rest easy.

Det Gillespie NYPD

March 3, 2020

Rest well my brother.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 3, 2020

R.I.P. my Brother. It seems like only yesterday.

Riley Matthews, retired NYPD

March 5, 2019

I hope that your family knows that your sacrifice is not forgotten by your brothers and sisters in blue. RIP

Captain John M Reilly

March 3, 2019

Rest in peace Officer Machate.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 3, 2019

Officer Machate,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of New York City. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

March 3, 2019

City of New York misses a good cop and I will always miss a good friend
I was with Bobby moments before his
LODD- Rest in peace you will always be remembered

P.O. Kenneth Parker

January 26, 2019


I met your then wife and beautiful baby girl. I think about that time and good times we had on the job. Your daughter must be grown and I kknow you would be proud of her. Rest In Peace Brother. You are missed


May 26, 2018

May you continue to watch over your family from Heaven my brother. Thank you for your bravery and service to all of us.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
NYPD (retired)

March 3, 2018

Miss you dad ❤️

Nicole Machate

December 16, 2017

love and miss you.


November 26, 2017

I’m on patrol today, the day before Memorial Day, so many years later, and I am thinking of Rob. He normally jumps to the front of my mind at the oddest times, during the strangest of circumstances. I speak of Rob when discussing bravery and selflessness with new officers.
I will never forget our first meeting. His first midnight tour on the Rock, this big new guy with an even bigger smile, was assigned as my B man in my steady housing area. At 2:00 am, looking out for the new guy, I told him to stay in the A station while I went into the dormitory bath room to get a few inmates to return to their beds. Not the safest thing to do, as one could easily get hurt, but was anything really safe at Rikers during those wild crack years? After I confronted the inmates, I turned and realized he had followed me in the housing area and was standing right next to me the whole time. Having his brother officer’s back was a natural for him, he didn’t have to be taught, it was in his DNA. Rob was a real standup guy in the old school way, a C.O. with heart, and a cop’s cop.
I’ll never forget all the good times we had. Or how kind he and his family were. He invited me to their Christmas dinner when I was going through some tough times. I’ll never forget how he loved and worshiped Grace with all his heart and soul. Or how he was looking forward to the birth of his daughter.
Rob will never be forgotten by anyone he touched in his way too short life. His legacy lives on in every brave brother and sister officer, putting their lives on the line every day to protect complete strangers. It would have been so good to have Rob at my wedding, but it wasn’t to be, God had bigger plans for him. So rest in peace my brother, until we meet again…


May 28, 2017

Always in my heart

Retired NYPD

April 7, 2017

Thank You Robert

I use to work with Robert, his brother and father at a movie theater (Kenmore) in Brooklyn NY in the 80's. He was a great guy, genuine, strong and quiet.

I grew up in a bad area in Brooklyn and the relationship with police officers weren't that great but working with him and his family totally changed my outlook. It made me realize we area all human and have a job to do on this earth, it just so happens that Robert had one of the most dangerous ones.

Thanks to him I have been an NYPD Citywide dispatcher for 15 years. Now I have to power to send help when unit call for "central". Just to let all know that all of them out in the field, when they yell for help it will NOT fall on deaf ears.

I am doing my part to protect the city and the world from bad people as Robert did.

God Bless you and I hope your walking your beat in Heaven.


December 10, 2016



September 26, 2015

For the past 19 years I have never gone to work without a part of you with me. I have carried your shield and worn your badge number around my neck. You have protected me all this time, throughout my many endless, on the job endeavors. You are and always will be remembered.

I thank you.

Detective Michael Antinoro

December 30, 2014

Ther was a moment of silence for Robert Machate and Jeff Herman at Yankee Stadium at the PSAL baseball championship game between Fort Hamilton High School and Abraham Lincoln High school because Robert and Jeff were Lincoln grads. I did not know either one but I felt a bond. I had the chance to visit the Machate family and they were gracious hosts. As Lincoln is set to play the final football game at Yankee Stadium dec 9 it would be elegant if they could once again have a prayerful moment the NYPD-Lincolnites who made the supreme sacrifice as did Lincoln

Ret po Michael Fandal
NYPD/ Lincoln HS grad

December 5, 2014

It has been 25 years since that tragic night my friend you are still remembered and missed.

Sgt. Paul Poplaski NYPD Retired

March 2, 2014

Wish I could,ve gotten to known you better. The only thing that gives me hope; Is I know I,ll see you again one day.


September 24, 2012

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