Name : Mandel, Robert 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 16465 Command: 077 Pct.
Date of Death: 1977-04-23   Cause of Death: Shot-Arrest
 Officer Mandel was shot and killed by a suspect who was able to gain control of his partner's service weapon. Officer Mandel and his partner had just arrested a suspect inside 762 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, for drug possession. As they were walking the suspect to the car he became violent and attempting to escape. During the struggle the handcuffed suspect was able to gain control of Officer Mandel's partners gun and open fire. Officer Mandel and his partner were both stuck. Both officers were removed to the hospital. Officer Mandel died the next day from his wounds.   
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Comments from Friends    
I first met Bobby in the Police Academy. Bobby was a good cop and a really nice person. I hope his family knows that we all still miss Bobby to this day, and will never forget him.
— Pete Graffagnino

Every day I set aside time to speak with Bobby,I have always believed he is still with us.Especially when I was on job or needed a partner to back me up.on 9/20/03 my daughter was married.Two days prior we were hit with hurrica Isabell no power , trees down and all roads blocked to hall I reached out to Bobby and of course Mom for help, all seem to be hopeless.A half hour before the ceremony , the skys were sunny , all power was restored and roads were cleared. Bobby will never leave my familys side, he will always be watching over us , Bobby thanks for being a great brother and protector . We will always miss you and never be forgotten,You are our HERO . speak to you soon your brother Richard
— richard mandel

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 17, 2006, 9:06 am

bobby mandel was a good cop and a good friend,we worked together for many years in the 77. i visited the national memorial and took a stencil of his engraving. it sits on a place of honor in my home with the names of too many other friends. excuse me while i still cry at the loss of so many friends and acquaintances during our time. my love to bobbys wife and family.. he is remembered often. i'd like to see more of his 77 comrades write something.
— mike tunstall
Posted: October 12, 2008, 4:03 pm

i was a scooter cop in the 80 pct and was there when Bobby got hit. Him and his partner Pete were good cops and very humble.
— anthony
Posted: February 6, 2010, 5:27 pm

PO Mandel you may have passed but you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all you have done. Rest in Peace Bobby
— Ret Tommy
Posted: April 23, 2013, 5:16 am

I worked with bobby and his partner often. ". Hey johnny " as he would say. It was devastating . He was just too easy to like.we also scratched his name off memorial. Two times . One went in our deli in fl. My son , born in June 77 named after Robert keeps the other in his office at the Clearwater police homicide divison. Your name lives on "Johnny ". End of tour.
— Tom Dawe
Posted: November 22, 2013, 12:37 pm

The events in Brooklyn this week brought back everything about that night I remember playing cops and robbers and army as kids always in my prayers your cousin John
— John
Posted: December 22, 2014, 9:47 pm

Robert we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: April 20, 2015, 7:03 am



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