MASTER DEPUTY SHERIFF
JOSEPH 'SHANE' ROBBINS
End Of Watch: 04-26-13
LAKELAND - Master Deputy Shane Robbins, 40, father of five, was killed in a vehicle crash while on patrol. Born with a soul that has courage to wear the badge, Deputy Robbins had been Saving, Serving, and Protecting the People since February 1998. With a jacket loaded with awards, citations, and commendations, where does one even begin to describe this amazing and Heroic True Blue Warrior? One of the most caring, courageous, and compassionate men to ever don the uniform, M/D Robbins not only took his oath to heart, his work ethic was impeccable. It did not matter if Deputy Robbins was working patrol, as a Special Victims Unit Detective, nor as a Homicide Detective, he did it all with Bravery and with Benevolence. No incident was insignificant to this Warrior. If it mattered to you, then it mattered to him. Fellow Deputies could always count on this Brother to be right there to cover their six no matter how volatile a situation developed. There was no backing down with this Brother. In it from start to finish and then when all was said and done, Brother Shane had a way of lightening the mood and easing tensions with his quick wit and fun sense of humor.
Deputy Robbins was a team player no matter who or what unit he was working with at the time. He never lost sight that no one person does this work alone. Brother Shane was a motivator as well. With his upbeat personality and 'let's go gettem' attitude, one couldn't help but be pumped up, even for those little things Police Officers
do for the People. His passion for his peers and for the People was undeniably felt at all times. In September 2012, Brother Shane was promoted to the rank of Master Deputy. He took great pride in this knowing his hard work was recognized and appreciated. And oh how much this Warrior was appreciated by all ... Even those who found themselves on the wrong side of the law respected M/D Robbins. For he treated everyone fairly and with no bias ... and with humanity. His size could be intimidating at first but his easy going way, winning smile, and professionalism were quickly felt and people reacted positively to this, making his work more efficient and everyone safer. His pro-active approach was also very appreciated by citizens and business owners, knowing they had the tools given by M/D Robbins to help keep them, their families, and their own livelihoods safer. He had a love of teaching at Polk State College Kenneth Police Institute because he wanted to make a difference and wanted new law enforcement officers to be the best by giving them his best.
This larger than life Warrior had an even bigger heart. Known throughout the agency and the communities he worked, Brother Shane would be the first to step up when someone was in need, especially the children. Oh how he got such joy out of making sure the kids were all remembered during holidays and he went out of his way to visit and follow-up with the young victims when they were injured. When working in the SVU and Homicide Units, M/D Robbins approached and handled victims and families with the utmost respect and compassion one can muster, and then he worked tirelessly, and with conviction, to uncover the truths and help see that justice was served. Simply wanting to make a difference in his small corner of the world, M/D Robbins lived for the People and he did so asking for nothing in return. May we all take from the legacy our Brother has left and carry with us as we continue to create our own.
As much as Brother Shane loved his life work, there was nothing he loved more in life than his wife, Alisa and his kids. Such a proud husband and Papa he was. His heart and soul belonged to his wife and children, even his step-children he treated as his own and loved them all with every ounce of his being. As hectic and busy as law enforcement life can be, Brother Shane always managed to enjoy real quality time with his family and his family kept him balanced. More than anything, he loved watching his girls play softball. May we vow to ensure his beloved children never forget how their daddy lived, as Only a Hero could. Brother Shane also had an artistic side and used this as his healthy outlet. He even designed a 'super cool' tattoo and some art work while he was working in the SVU. He was born in Columbus, GA and moved to Polk County in 1998 from Ocala, FL. Shane was a member of the Kathleen Masonic Lodge. He leaves behind his loving wife Alisa and five children; daughters, Kayla Armstrong, Kara Crockett, Carlie Robbins, Sophie Robbins, son; Jacob Crockett all of Lakeland; parents, Charlotte Snellgrove and Joseph Robbins; brother, Phillip Webster and sister, Gayle Rivera of Ocala, FL. Visitation will be Monday from 4:00 - 8:00pm at First Baptist Church at The Mall, 1010 E. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland, FL 33801. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, 10:00am at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to; MidFlorida Credit Union, 6040 S. Florida Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33813. Arrangements by Gentry-Morrison Funeral Home, Southside Chapel.