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Police Officer Robert W. Mandel

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Saturday, April 23, 1977

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Reflections for Police Officer Robert W. Mandel

I have been thinking of Bobby recently, after my sons 47th Birthday. I was in the academy with Bobby and was working in the 71st Pct Anti Crime Unit when Bobby was killed. I can never forget that day and can’t believe it’s been 43 years. He passed away on my sons 4th Birthday, 4/23/1977. I remember Bob as a real gentleman and always made you laugh when you were around him. Hard to think back sometimes on that tragic day but I know he will never be forgotten RIP Bob

Ptl. Pete Graffagnino

June 15, 2020

Robert and I were high school mates, ironically about a mile from where he was murdered in Brooklyn. He was a loyal friend who could take as well as give a good-natured joke. Fun to be around, he was not in anyone's face ever but I wouldn't have recommended anyone start a fight with him. We lost contact after graduation but I will forever remember my sadness when I read about his murder in the Daily News. New York's Finest really did lose one of its finest on April 19, 1977. Rest In Peace, Rob.

Civilian Lou Di Leonardo

April 26, 2020

I leave this reflection to my good friend . 4 year high school buddy. NYPD class mate. 72D. Today Bobby would have been your 69 th Birthday. You were buried on your birthday. There are few days in the past 46 years that I think of you. Today. makes me sad. I know you are at peace with your family and God. Your. Good friend. Retired Ptl. Leonard Clementi Rest in peace. Till we meet again. Always in my prayers

Ret. Ptl. Leonard Cclementi. Shield # 1

April 25, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

April 23, 2020

Rest in Peace my brother. For your service and sacrifice, I salute you.

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

April 23, 2020

I knew Bobby as a teenager when we had several classes together at Bishop Loughlin HS. Always smiling and happy, he had many friends. We rode home on the A train as he lived in Ozone Park and I in Broad Channel. We lost touch after graduation, but to my surprise there he was in the Police Academy class - Company D in 1972 that I was in. We were together again on the A train. As luck, or rather misfortune would have it, we both landed in the infamous 77 Pct. The rest is history. I've thought of Bobby recently as I have lost two good friends recently to CV19. Over 40 years and the loss of Bobby still stings.

Lt Tom Barry

April 13, 2020

My father-in-law passed away 2 years ago. While going through his papers We found a accommodation for him. He arrested the person who Murdered Officer Mandel. He never spoke of "The Job" but at his wake we did hear some great stories of how much of a great cop he was.


August 12, 2017



February 26, 2016

Your killers parole hearing is this December..ODMP will send an e-mail alert, as they always do, and I will be sure to sign the petition against this persons release..You were killed five months before I began my career with CPD which ended in my retirement in 1997..God be with your family brave soul..

Gary A. McCarty (ret.)

April 23, 2012

Bobby was my cousin. We were close as kids ,but, grew apart as we got older. We both loved the Yankees and would always talk about them when we would get together. He was a very good man, a very good person, and he is greatly missed and never to be forgotten.

Joe Manzione

December 9, 2011

To The Family Of Officer Mandel:

I wanted to offer my sympathies on your tragic death. You were a true hero whose bravery and courage will never be forgotten by your family, friends and colleagues. My dad was a New York police officer working out of the 102 Precinct. My you rest in peace officer Mandel. Olav Hashalom

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 19, 2010

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

April 27, 2009

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

Robyn Wilkes

April 14, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today as we approach the 32nd 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. He was shot twice when ambushed on April 23rd when he was on a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, 28 years after you were killed.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 4, 2009

God bless you PO Mandel, may you rest in peace. We at the 77th precinct haven't forgotten you.

PO Diaz

May 3, 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
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

i worked with bobby, and charlie his partner in the 77 anti crime unit and uniform. bobby was a great guy. always smiling, cheerful, and a pleasure to work with. he had the habit of calling everybody " JOHNNY " , which i and the rest of our little group picked up on. my son was named after bobby, and he is now a P O in Clearwater FL. my daughter is a NYPD detective. they have heard plenty about bobby, and our other fallen friends. bobby will forever live on in our hearts, god bless his family. tommy dawe Ret. NYPD.

p o tom dawe
n y p d

Robert was a neighborhood friend who entered the Police Dept. as a Police Cadet. He was later assigned to the 77Pct. I worked the 79Pct. Our paths crossed many times at work. He was a couragous cop! GOD REST HIS SOUL!

Police Officer Al Yevoli

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