A Leader with a backbone
The passing of retired MDPD Robert “Bobby” Parker was truly a sad day for the law enforcement community, for the general community, and for all who knew and loved Director Parker. Bobby embodied everything it takes to be a true leader and he will be sorely missed.
A smart, compassionate man whose contagious smile touched us all, he dedicated his life to protecting others. He was always a cop’s cop, and he was my friend.
He leaves behind a beautiful and loving family and our prayers are with his wife, Retired MDPD Lt.
Veronica Parker; their children, MDPD Ofc. Kalika Parker, MDPD Ofc. Robert Parker, Jr., and Kyron Parker; mother, Mary Richardson Parker, sister-in-law MDPD PSA Virginia Buie Walker and all who were blessed enough to have known and love Bobby Parker.
We at the PBA join in mourning the loss of this great man. As law enforcement officers, we pin a badge over our hearts every day, and even with heavy hearts, may this symbol remind us all of everything Bobby Parker stood for, fought for and accomplished.
At the two fitting tributes to Bobby, testimonial after testimonial made it perfectly clear of the awesome impact Bobby had on so many lives. He certainly touched ours and for that we are truly grateful.
RIP Bobby. Your legacy is a tribute to your character and integrity.
Many forget that Labor Day is public holiday held in honor of working people. Yes, working people; not elitists nor slugs, but working people. It is a celebration of the American labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of workers in this country. It constitutes a tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.
So, let’s enjoy Labor Day for as long as we can because some radical politicians are vowing to destroy that very movement that brought about those economic accomplishments that each of us currently enjoy.
Fallen officer tribute
I would like to invite and encourage each of you to stop by the county hall, located at 111 NW 1 Street. The tribute will be displayed in the lobby during the month of September. It is a powerful reminder of our fellow brothers and sisters who have died doing the very same thing you do each day-risk everything for the safety of this community. While, on the surface, it seems that support for law enforcement has eroded, we must never let ourselves be discouraged to support one another. It is one of several opportunities where we can show the rest of the population, and more importantly, the survivors that we will always hang on to their memories and honor their sacrifices.
St. Michael Celebration Mass
Our yearly gathering to celebrate St. Michael, the patron saint of police officers (law enforcement), is to be held on September 25th, at 11a.m. While St. Michael is a Catholic saint and the celebration is being held in a Catholic church, all faiths are invited, welcomed and embraced. This is a gathering where we celebrate one another, while also paying our solemn dedication to our fallen officers.
In the catholic teachings, as the patron saint of police officers, St. Michael knows what it means to face the threat of evil and imminent danger, just as you do. And, Saint Michael had a long history of battling evil - sort of what you all do daily. We’d love for you to join us.
Our Heartfelt Condolences
Our hearts and prayers go out to PBA Sgt.-At-Arms, Enrique “Kiko” Rivera, whose mom passed away after a lengthy illness. A mother’s passing is never easy, please keep Kiko and his family in your prayers. Rest in peace, Gloria.