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

I'm so blessed to have had a friend like you growing up. We had so much fun together . Your house offered so much that I didnt have and your family treated me like a son. We had so much fun together . Playing ball . Going to mets games together. Playing in your yard with your little brother tommy. Punchball and football on the block. Going to the Y and to school together. But what I.m most thankful for is the night you and your wife grace prayed with me to receive christ as your personal savior. So yes we will meet again my forever friend and brother. I Love you.

Glen Fox
friend

June 28, 2012

Thank you Robert.

A.S.
CIA gd

June 9, 2012

I remember the good old days with bobby first being in my academy company and the in nsu 11. We had so much fun together. Rest in peace buddy.

Sergeant
NYPD retired

March 27, 2012

Rest in Peace, Brother. Though I never had the honor of meeting you, your brother Tommy was a great guy, I worked with him in Mounted, now he's doing great police work still despite the sacrifice your family has already made to benefit society.

You and Tommy and Your family are thought of often: you shall never be forgotten.

Sgt. Jack Beatty (Ret.)
NYPD

March 3, 2012

REST IN PEACE MY BROTHER.

RET,DET.
NYPD BRONX NARCOTICS

March 3, 2012

Thanks for your 2 years and a half of services, Robert.

David

March 3, 2012

I worked with bobby at NYC Correction at north facility, he was a great guy.

Todd Chorney
NYC Correction Dept

December 30, 2011

"I'll be loving you forever"

"Brear Deer"

Vivian Antinoro (Sister)

March 3, 2011

I will never forget Bobby's good nature, his sense of humor, and his love for being a cop, and working in the assignment that cost him his life. I vividly remember exactly where I was, and who I was with when I received the call from my partner Chris. I remember your family and friends and the love and respect they had for you. I remember the loss. Rest in Peace brother. All these years later, you are still spoken of often and remembered fondly, as the hero in and out of uniform you were to so many of us. Sincerely, Bill Williams

Sgt Bill Williams-retired
NYPD 71 Precinct

February 8, 2011

I love you my hero <3

Nicole Machate
Daughter

July 30, 2010

You’ll never know how much you held together, How much our family needs you, I'm sure by now you know how much Dad & Mom missed you.

Love you.

I found this poem, thought it fit you just right.

"The Final Inspection"

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Howie
Brother

April 14, 2010

our lives have never been the same since u left us, rest in peace with mommy&daddy

Anonymous

April 9, 2010

The best street cop I ever met.

P.O. Patrick
NYPD

August 2, 2009

Robert was the best police officer I ever knew.He was the smartest street cop

Police Officer Patrick
NYPD

August 1, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005

March 3, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 20th 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 the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

I can see from the loving reflections left that you were an amazing man who positively impacted the lives of others, and that you are loved and missed by so many. Time never diminishes love or respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

To your daughter, I hope you are fulfilling your dreams and living the life your father would have wished for you. My grandson Cody, like you, will only know his father through memories of others and pictures. I hold you in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace. Robert.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 3, 2009

although its 20 years it dosent hurt any less always missing you

Anonymous

March 2, 2009

although its 20 years it dosent hurt any less always missing you

Anonymous

March 2, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

February 27, 2009

I still remember Darren Buneo you and I hanging out on the week end as if it were yesterday. You and Darren were role models for me to be the best cop I could be. God bless you and your family.

John Paccione Detective retired
NYPD

March 21, 2008

Robert

It is hard to believe that 19yrs have past. I remember the phone call to our home of the tragic news as if it were yesterday. We all still think of you and your family. We will always keep you in our hearts.

Captain C. Chamberlain
NYCD RET.

March 4, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

March 3, 2008

Officer Machate,
On today, the 19th anniversary of your murder, 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. It sickens me that the scumbag who murdered you was acquitted-all I can is that I hope he got maxed out on the other charge.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

March 3, 2008

Bobby

I still recall every moment of that night when you were taken from us but even more I remember all the fun that we had together. We were the True Lords of Flatbush, you will never be forgotten.

sgt paul poplaski
NYPD

January 2, 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
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

January 2, 2008

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