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Truly horrific! God bless him and rest his soul! This is the following on MSN if you haven't gotten a chance to read it...

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Body found in grave is missing S.C. constable
Officials confirm identity; 5 arrested, 1 charged so far in case
The Associated Press
Updated: 7:36 p.m. CT May 21, 2007
LADSON, S.C. - A body found in a shallow grave over the weekend is that of a volunteer constable who disappeared a week ago, officials said Monday. He had been shot several times.
Robert Lee Bailey, 67, died instantly after being shot, said Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten, who declined to say how many times he had been hit.
Bailey was last seen May 14 making a traffic stop in Lincolnville, 50 miles from where the grave was found near Interstate 26. Five people have been taken into custody since he vanished, and officials say they transported his body in two different cars that were later found burned.
The grave was found Saturday after searchers returned to rural Orangeburg County using information from a woman charged in the case, who also is the girlfriend of another suspect, authorities said.
According to arrest affidavits, Bailey had just cleared a traffic stop and was on a street where two suspects lived when several shots sounded and radio contact was lost.
Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon said the shootings apparently occurred during a second traffic stop. When help arrived, Bailey was gone. His constable's cap, two pistols, several shell casings and a pool of his blood were found in the street and the yard of a small home on the street. His cruiser was found later about five miles away, burned.
Asia Prioleau, 22, has been charged with murder, and her boyfriend, 24-year-old Walter Fayall III, who is in jail on an unrelated charge, will also be charged with murder, the sheriff said. Cannon said the two were in a car at the second stop.
Three other people have been arrested in the case.
Cannon said after the shooting, the constable's body was stuffed into the back of a Chevrolet Caprice found burned Friday about 30 miles up the interstate.
Cannon said the body is believed to have then been transferred to another car and taken to where Bailey was buried. That second car was found burned in Williamsburg County last week, he said.
Bailey was a retired Dorchester County deputy who had been a constable with Lincolnville for about five years. He was one of about 80 group three advanced constables in the state out of more than 2,000 South Carolina constables.
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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

God rest his soul, and bring justice to his loved ones!

This one really gets to me-- so horrible for his family, not knowing what had happened or where he was for such a long period.

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Thank you for your prayers for Constable Bailey's family....I'am Constable Baily's son-in-law,i was his partner,brother behind the badge but most of all his friend...It has been a hard time for the family.Volunteer S.C. State Constables work for free,we dont even get a $3,000.00 tax break like a S.C. volunteer fire fighters,S.C. State Guard members or a reserve deputy sheriff or police reserves.....We just lost 9 firefighters and there families have received over $250,000+in donations so far,....Constable Bailey's family received approx. $4,000 to be split 3 ways,his family doesnt qualify for the U.S. Goverment death benefit because all are over 20yrs of age,Thats a benefit that was made up after 911, A benefit for all Police,Fire & EMS personel killed in the line of duty......I'am sorry for what happened to the firefighters but they where paid City Of Charleston fire fighters,With life insurance policy's....Constable Bailey had no TV station tele thons,No Banks donating $5,000 here 10,000 there,No supermarkets donating money,No TV star (Denis Leary) donating 100grand...The Govenor,nor did S.C. State Reps show up....The family got a plaque from the Govenor,A flag from the state house,Another plaque from a Police Basic recruit class (Which was nice),a flag from the Capital police,A small check from TASER (Thank you).....If you want to help a brother officers family,a fellow officer who didnt get the press like the firefighters and was shot and killed in the line of duty and buried in a cornfield for 5 days.If you would like to make a donation contact any WACHOVIA bank branch :ROBERT BAILEY MEMORIAL FUND.........Its a shame that a peacekeeper who gave his life for masses he was sworn to protect was given so little in return...............

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

I want to send all my prayers and thoughts to the family and friends of Officer Bailey. as well as the families of the fallen firefighters. This was truly a tragedy. Every time I think that things couldn't get worse, I hear about another brother or sister officer taken from us in such a awful way. I will do what I can.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

definately deserving of a tribute. maybe the s.c. state lodge of the f.o.p. could hold a fund raiser?

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

MY HEAR BREAKS FOR THE FAMILY....I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND THE JUSTIFICATION OF NOT TAKING CARE OF AN OFFICER THAT DIES IN THE LINE OF DUTY~!!!!
SHARPSHOOTER, MY HEART BREAKS FOR YOU AND MY TEARS FLOW. MAY THE SCUM BE TRIED AND CONVICTED AND ROT IN HELL~!!!

REST IN PEACE OFFICER BAILEY....WE WILL TAKE OVER YOUR WATCH FROM HERE~!

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Sharpshooter, the family should check in with the COPS organization-- Concerns of Police Survivors. (Cops1541 on this site can tell you about them.) Ask them for information about the Public Safety Benefit Act. I don't know if he would be covered under it or not, but it is federal, not state or municipal and they may well cover him. I think they cover volunteer chaplains.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Sharpshooter, I'm so sorry for your loss. I dispatched for Greenville County Sheriff's Office when this happened and all of our men and women prayed for a safe return for a brother. It ticks me off the way that law enforcement gets treated these days and it seems to be only getting worse. Thank you for posting the info about the memorial fund because, like you said, nobody was made aware of how to give. I will continue praying for your family and your coworkers. If no one has told you today, "THANK YOU!!" for what you do.


I'm just here and do what I'm told..
Godspeed to all LEO's and EMT's

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New donation total for the 9 firefighters families ,as read on the 6 o'clock news is $600,000+ Not including death benefits ect......New total for S.C. State Constable Bailey's Family as of 6 o'clock $81.00...No benefits for family,read above post.......

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Sharpshooter: I am a civilian in New Jersey. I followed this story very closely. I was so sad when he was found. The thing that really broke my heart was here was a 67 year old man, who should have been enjoying retirement. Instead, he chose to continue to protect and serve us. He defines the word hero. I pray that his killers get the maximum sentence. The best sentence would be to allow the family a little time with them, beat them to within an inch of their life, and take them to a cornfield and dump them. Not the cornfield they dumped his body in. That is sacred ground there. How could they be so callous as to do what they did to a man who was 67 years old. That shows the cowards they truly are. I pray for you and your family. Constable Bailey, Never Forgotten.

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To all who read this post the new Firefighters fund total is :$1,780,000.00+ and growing.For those who are giving and already have given to Constable Baileys memorial fund.THANK YOU ,I wil try to get a total for you soon. To Jims4 Thank you for the post,He was agood man,when my father passed last year,Bob as his friends called him became my father,someone who I could talk to.We where partners,we rode together,talk about things only GOD knows about.I watched his back during traffic stops,We didnt even have to talk during a stop,He know I had his back.My regret is that I was not with my partner that night to watch his back,I made a promise at his grave site ,that I will do my best to help the familiy get what is due them and when I find out that he is being forgotten along with his familiy by the public he served for 43 years I am saddened.When my wife see's the new totals the firefighters families will be recieving she Cries and says NO BODY CARES ABOUT MY FATHER,HE'S FORGOTTEN.now billboards are all over the place,with a picture of nine firefighters with the words NOT FORGOTTEN written across the front. My wife says one should have a picture of her father with FORGOTTEN written across it,Thats how she feels. Sorry about the soap box but its the truth.Thanks again to all my brothers and sisters behind the badge and to the civilians who want to help or have helped..You can go to the OFFICER DOWN MEMORIAL PAGE to see a picture of him,read what happened and to leave a reflection.Thank You and GOD bless you all.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Do not allow yourself to become bitter over this. I never allow myself to get angry when it comes to others in public service like Firemen receive recognition and financial help. Good for them. LEO's are often forgotten be they killed or disabled. That is just they way it has been and still is. After getting so badly hurt and now completely disabled I get nothing from the city or the people I served. This is typical of other Officers I know. There is just no sense in allowing it to get to me and make me bitter. You just take what life gives you and make the best of it. There is of course outrage and sadness, especially when you read of some jerk that falls in a store because he is clumsy and gets a million bucks in damages because he was embarrassed or something but you cannot let it get to you. Just do what you can and be grateful that you get anything. At least you have the respect and friendship of the LEO family

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Robocop33,Thank You for your comment,I'am glad you are feeling the families pain along with mine.When you see a in your face billboard and updated reports about everytime your turn on the news or the radio,it really hurts,Its like a slap in the face not only to our lost brother but to the family as well.Some brother officers are tring to put together some memorial benefit for not only my partner but for three other lowcountry brothers who were killed in the line of duty..We will take care of our own..Thank you again for your comment,you have given me abetter outlook on this situation you are my brother.

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Sharpshooter, thank you for passing along information about how to help the family, and doing it in such a way that people can have some confidence that any help will get where it is supposed to get.

I am sorry for your loss, and I am sorry, too, that the financial situation is so dark, and aggravates the situation further.

Robo is right about trying not to get bitter, it would only add further loss to the situation. I obviously didn't know the Constable, but my guess would be that he would want you to help his family, but not be ground down by bitterness. He cared a lot for you, from the sounds of it.

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Rate This | Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Sharpshooter, I am so sorry for the loss of a family member, friend and fellow officer. I will bring this to the attention of the staff where I work maybe we can help out too.

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The Post and Courier (Charleston.net) came out to the house and did an interview with my wife and I.The paper has been getting calls and e-mails from people.Saying what about Constable Bailey's family do they get the same benefits as the 9 Charleston Firefighters who were killed.,and you guys already know the answer to that question :NO....We where told the story will run in this Sundays paper,So if you want to see whats been going on go to Charleston.net and look for the article.Maybe,just maybe the people out there will see the injustice that has been done not only to our brother but to his family as well.

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Brothers and sisters,The Post and Courier did not post the article in Sundays paper, sorry about that....I was told tonight that it will be in the Mondays paper 7-23-07..Please go to Charleston.net and read the article and let me know what you think.....sorry for the mixup........

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Gone and forgotten?
By Nita Birmingham (Contact)
The Post and Courier
Monday, July 23, 2007


Grace Beahm
The Post and Courier

Teresa and Carmine D'Amato are still grieving over the loss of Teresa's father, state constable Robert Bailey. They feel the volunteer officer, who was killed on the job, has been forgotten already by a community that has showered compassion on the families of other fallen public servants.

LADSON — If Teresa D'Amato could afford to buy a billboard for her father, slain state Constable Robert Bailey, it would bear his photograph and one word: forgotten.

That's how the family and some other state constables feel since Bailey was shot the night of May 14 while patrolling in Lincolnville. His body was later found buried in an Orangeburg County cornfield.

Bailey had given 43 of his 67 years to law enforcement. He'd been a deputy sheriff for Dorchester County, a Charleston police officer and, after retirement, worked as an unpaid state constable. He'd served with the Lincolnville Police Department for five years, logging 747 hours in 2006.

"It didn't matter what the task, Bob was always one of the first to volunteer," fellow Constable Jimmy Ward said.

In exchange for his years of service, Bailey got

very little after his death, his family and friends said.

"He got a flag, a plaque and a name on a wall at the academy, basically. I feel it's a shame," said Bailey's son-in-law, Carmine D'Amato.

It is especially hurtful when they see the outpouring of community support for the nine Charleston firefighters killed June 18 in the Sofa Super Store blaze. School groups and businesses have held fundraisers for the families of the firefighters. Public donations to the City of Charleston Firemen's Fund totalled $2.3 million as of Friday, city officials said.

In addition, city officials have said the families and estates of the nine firefighters will receive a number of benefits from the accidental deaths, including a one-time payment of $295,000 through the U.S. Justice Department's Public Safety Officers' Benefit Program.

In contrast, the Robert Bailey Assistance Fund at its peak reached $3,500. The most-recent statement the family has received shows a balance of less than $100. The family has used the money to help with living expenses. They missed a lot of work, especially as law enforcement, firefighters and other volunteers searched for Bailey's body for five days. They are paying taxes and insurance on Bailey's house. They let his car and boat go because they couldn't afford to keep them. Bailey's son, who lives in Tennessee, has had and will have travel expenses as the family attends court proceedings for the five defendants arrested in connection with Bailey's death.

Bailey, who was living on Social Security, couldn't afford life insurance, his son-in-law said. He also didn't qualify for any government benefits, such as the one through the U.S. Justice Department, because he had no surviving spouse and his children are older than the qualifying age. His daughters are 41 and 39 and his son is 38. His three grandchildren are 17 and younger.

"It's sad. My Dad gave 43 years. Whether I'm 4 or 40, what difference does it make? That is my father who gave his life. He gave it all for nothing," Teresa D'Amato said.

It goes beyond the money. Memorials for the Charleston firefighters vary, including makeshift crosses at the site of the fire and billboards that feature the silhouette of nine firefighters and the words "not forgotten."

While D'Amato feels sorry for the families of those firefighters, each reminder that her father's death has been overshadowed "is like a kick in my face," she said.

The Rev. Rob Dewey, founder of the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy which sponsored the assistance fund for the Bailey family, said, "I think that the losing of nine emergency personnel at the same time on June 18 was very overwhelming and that it, sadly, has been forgotten by our community that we also lost four police officers who have been killed in the line of duty since March 1. We need to develop a way of remembering all and forgetting none."

In addition to Bailey, Dorchester County sheriff's Cpl. Mike Deese and his Belgian malinois K-9 partner, Sonja, were killed March 9 in a head-on collision on Interstate 26. Moncks Corner Pfc. Lonnie Wells was shot and killed and Cpl. Marcus Stiles was fatally wounded while responding to a domestic disturbance call March 25.

The community also lost a law enforcement officer who was off-duty. Berkeley County Deputy Dawn Tillman died after her car was hit head-on April 15 in Goose Creek.

It's not uncommon for survivors of slain law enforcement officers to feel forgotten, said Glenda Strange, research coordinator for the nonprofit support group Concerns of Police Survivors Inc.

"Our promise is to never forget. They've lost someone personal to them and the community responds with outrage. When it all goes away, unfortunately, the community does pick up and go on with their business," she said.

Reach Nita Birmingham at 745-5858 or nbirmingham@postandcourier.com.

How to help
Donations to the Robert Bailey Assistance Fund, sponsored by Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, can be made at any Wachovia Bank.

Palmetto Cops Inc. , a nonprofit organization dedicated to the betterment of the law enforcement profession, will be selling T-shirts for $10 each to benefit the family of Robert Bailey. Visit www.palmettocops.com/give.

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My sister,Thank you for posting the article,maybe my other brothers and sisters will read and see what this family is going through.My partner died with honor,only to be buried in a corn field in a shallow grave in his underware, stripped of his dignity and then forgotten by the public,the state and the country

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The above does not include my brothers and sisters,who I know have been with me every step of the way. Again Thank You

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I did not see this posting CT until after I posted this article in the news. We lost a Brother but you lost your partner, mentor, friend, and Farther-in-law. While the names on the wall in that 'room' at the SC Police Academy is for those who are to be honored, we cannot allow that to be his only honor and remembrance.

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Just a follow-up note... when I came back from vacation today, in my mail was a note from Wachovia Bank saying that they have no record of this fund. They sent my check back.

Sharpshooter, your family had better try to contact them and figure out what's gone wrong. Maybe this helps explain why donations have been so low!

I sent Wachovia a copy of the article above, so they can try to figure it out on their end, too.

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I just got off the phone with someone from Wachovia,She stated that the account is open but if it was not sent to a S.C. Wachovia bank branch it might be sent back...So with that said,Please send it to this address.... WACHOVIA BANK, 1305 SAM RITTENBERG BLVD,CHARLESTON,S.C. 29407 C/O : ROBERT BAILEY ASSISTANCE FUND.............Thank you for the headsup.......... Also The Town of Lincolnville,S.C. is going to rename the Public Safety Building after my partner and friend on Sept.1st...I wll try and post some photos. Again thank you

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That is a great bit of news my friend! I would love to see photos and read the article.

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The bank has gotten it straightened out. You can send contributions to the Robert Bailey Assistance Fund at the address above or at this one:

Wachovia - Columbia Main Financial Center
1441 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201

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I'am glad its finally straightened out with Wachovia,We have to go to a bond reduction hearing tomarrow,becouse one of these people thinks her bond is to high....The family is greatful to all my brothers and sisters who have and are making donations to the fund,Thank you ChaplainKeppy for setting the bank straight about the fund ,a fund that is badly needed....GOD bless