Corporal Mike Roberts Memorial Information

August 24th, 2009 by

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WTSP.com
Tampa Police will honor Corporal Roberts with a Memorial Engraving, his name will be added to monument on Monday, August 24, at 9 a.m. at 411 North Franklin Street in Tampa .

His wake will be held Monday, August 24, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m at Blount and Curry Funeral Home at 3207 West Bearss Avenue in Tampa.

His Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, August 25, at 10:30 a.m. at the St. Timothy Catholic Church , at 17512 Lakeshore Drive, in Lutz.

TAMPA, FL – It’s clear by the long, grieving faces inspecting the police memorial in Tampa.

Over 20 people whose names are inscribed in the black granite roll call of honor are truly missed. To get here, an officer has to die in the line of duty.

Right under Officer Marrero’s name, Corporal Mike Roberts will be added to the list at 9 ‘oclock Monday morning.

“It’s a sad thing. They give their lives to protect its sad that someone would take it so meaninglessly.” said Gail McAfee.

Since it was built in 1995, the memorial has gone mostly unchanged. Detective Juan Serrano, who died in a car car crash february 25th 2006, is the last person to have his name written in to the memorial.

Last May Jimmy Walker’s grandfather was honored for his sacrifice while investigating a domestic complaint in 1915. Marshal Joseph Walker, was shot and killed on September 15, 1915, when he approached an armed suspect who was making threats in the neighborhood

“I never got a chance to know my grandfather, but I heard stories about him from my father– it brought back a lot of memories.” Walker said back in May.

Memories perhaps similar to what Roberts 3-year-old son Adam will have the day he visits the monument to see his dad’s name etched into the granite, right above a poem that make McAfee appreciate the work of people who protect us.

“Give your respect to the officers who risk their lives for us everyday.”

Roberts was shot during a struggle Wednesday night while on patrol and despite wearing a bullet proof vest died from his injuries. Humberto Delgado, Jr is being held without bond for the officer’s murder.

Tampa Police say Roberts started with the department in 1998 and served as a patrol officer and he became a K-9 officer in 2005. He was promoted this past July with the rank of Corporal.
He is survived by his wife and 3-year-old son.


4 Responses

  1. Tammie

    Thank you for giving honor to those who get up every day never knowing if it is their last. Too many people expect Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness to come without a cost. When men and women of law enforcement, and armed forces put on the uniform they do what others never thinks about. I only began to realize what my parents and family must have felt, after I retired as a police detective, leaving my younger brother still serving on the force. Everyday I prayed for his safe return home. It must have been hell on mom and dad with two of us on the job. Thank you for your care, concern and most of all RESPECT.

  2. Paul

    Dear Bubba and staff,
    I would just like to express how amazing “Remember the Hero’s” is to hear. Manson’s talent is even more impressive. Bubba you are truly lucky to have him on your staff (no offense but I don’t know how he is still there with you and not “making it big” on a higher level!! He will one day I’m sure! haa!) As a bay area LEO I will be attending the funeral service and regretfully will have to watch another LEO be laid to rest. You and you’re show are a class act to those who have a thick skin. You’re honest and you tell it like it is and that is what my wife and I enjoy about the show overall. BTW I switched her over from your boy Corky from Party of Five..haa!! (Mongoloid MJ)

    Thanks, Paul

  3. Erin

    Bubba and staff.

    Being in law enforcement in South Florida, I truly appreciate your pro police stance and your dedication to us. Too many people think of us as the “bad guys and girls.”
    I hope your show brings an enlightened awareness to the jobs we selflessly do and the dangers we encounter every day that we put our gun and badge on.
    God Bless Corporal Roberts and his family.

  4. Todd Gray

    To the Show.

    Thank you guy for doing this. I have a lot of friend that are Police Officers and I don’t know what we would all do if they did not come home. Thanks again.

    Todd

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