Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Robert J. Markley

Highland Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Friday, March 10, 1978

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Reflections for Officer Robert J. Markley

Rest in peace Officer Markley.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 4, 2019

Rest in peace.

Lt. Jim Russo

March 10, 2018

He was my cousin, my godfather, and my inspiration. His dedication to devote his life to helping others influenced me greatly to study Criminal Justice, serve my local community as a Probation Officer, and my nation as a US Marine. His life may have been cut short - but his influence will remain eternal.

Sgt. Bradford Toth

March 11, 2015

Bob was a friend of mine. We played softball on the same team when we were both young patrolmen. I remember that whole thing like it was yesterday. I met his son when Highland dedicated a park in Bob's name. He delivered a very moving address in honor of his dad.

Sgt. Tom Hoffman
Dyer, IN PD Retired

March 10, 2015

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

Retired Wisconsin L.E.O.

July 23, 2014

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

Officer 11169

February 17, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 34th 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.

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

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

March 10, 2012

I was just a little girl when you passed away, but remember you as such a kind person. Thought of you today as I took a walk through Markley Park...

Laura Rakoczy McDonald
Family friend

October 3, 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 as another year passes. May they know that you will never be forgotten.

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

March 10, 2010

Rest in peace brother and may God bless your family.

Sgt. G.T. Martin
Collier Co. S.O. (FL)

May 15, 2009

You are not forgotten.


January 6, 2009

30 years later and you are remembered everyday.

April 18, 2008


Van Den Berghe

March 13, 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 9, 2008



April 24, 2007

Let those who offer the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty never be forgotten. Rest in peace, brother.

Franklin PD

November 4, 2006

Officer Markley just to let you know that you may be gone but you are not forgotten.God will one day awaken you from your sleep and reunite you with all your loved ones.May God bless you and your family and friends. Rest in Peace...

Det.L. Gauthney
Columbus (OH) Police Department

October 12, 2006

To those who have visited and left your thoughts and remberances of my father...thank you. You could never know how much our family appreciates your comments. It helps to know he is not forgotten, and it is wonderful to hear of the ways in which he touched your lives.

Ryan Markley, son of Officer Markley

June 25, 2006

It seems like yesterday we were hunting on that cold November day in 1977. We got along more like brothers than brothers-in-law. We won't forget you.

Asst. Chief Mike Jakubczyk
Hammond Fire Department

June 21, 2006

Rest in peace, my brother....we will not let you be forgotten

Cook County IL Sheriff's

April 3, 2006

Yet another fine young man and his family caused suffering by a drunck driver.Our Lord will see to justice so Rest in Peace Offc.Markley.

March 10, 2006

This officer gave me a ride to school on a snowy day in the 70's. I was hauling along a very heavy band instrument and he provided assitance.

I was very upset to elarn, a few years later, that he'd fallen in the line of duty.

Thank you Office Markley. Your good deed touched my life and you ARE remembered.

Jerry CUrry
Salem, OR

Jerry Curry
Oregon State Library

January 27, 2006

You will not be forgotten, Hero. The no good mutt who recklessly took your life and endangered others will be brought to justice. If not in this life then after. Rest in peace.


December 7, 2004

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