Slain deputy marshal's fiancée talks to KSDK

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  • Pam Robtoy.
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry and family.
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry and family.
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry.
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  • Here's a link to the web site selling John Perry t-shirts.
  • By Kay Quinn

    St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A man devoted to his children and his colleagues.  That's how Pam Robtoy wants people to remember Deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry, killed last week while serving a warrant in South St. Louis.

    NewsChannel 5's Kay Quinn spoke with Pam Thursday afternoon about the man she was to marry and how she wants his children to remember their father.

    "He was irreplaceable," says Pam. "He was truly the best."

    Pictures tell the story of how special John Perry was.

    Photos from the cruise John and Pam took with his kids last year. One of him wrestling his son Sam. A portrait of John with his daughter Brooke at the father-daughter dance. A photo of a special trip to the wine country with daughter Laura.

    Perry was known for his cooking, loved being a dad and a marshal, and had an amazing, goofy, sense of humor. One of his favorite gags involved Pam's dog and the coffee pot.

    "John would flip the lid open and closed, and John would chase him around the house," Pam says with a laugh.

    Pam says with John, you always knew you were loved.

    "He was a great guy," says Pam. "He never ended a phone conversation without saying 'I love you' and it didn't matter if you talked with him 14 times in the day or just once that was the last thing he told me the night before he died."

    That day, Tuesday, March 15, John, another marshal and a St. Louis police officer were serving a warrant at a home in south St. Louis when the suspect opened fire. John suffered a fatal wound to the head.

    The two other officers were injured. The suspect killed by gunfire returned by those with John. Pam said they both knew the risks of his job, but didn't dwell on it. And she always knew where he was.

    "I don't know if that's good or bad," says Pam, "because when I got the call last week, that morning, and was asked where I was and I turned on the TV. As soon as I saw it running across the screen I knew he was involved."

    At the hospital, John's children, and Pam stood vigil. So did his colleagues from the marshal service.

    "Sam and I sat next to him while they all filed in and there was not one of them that wasn't crying it was a great loss not just to me and the kids and john's family but to all of them," says Pam.

    Pam doesn't want to talk about specifics of the shooting, because it's still under investigation. But she says in all his years as a marshal, he'd never drawn his gun.

    "John would have done anything he could to protect any of those guys in the house," says Pam. "I don't think we'll ever understand it. But the kids should always be very proud of him and they couldn't have had a father who loved them more than John did."

    He also loved Pam. She lost her job the Friday before John was shot. Pam and John looked at it as a sign that it was time for them to buy a house together. The day he was shot, his colleagues told Pam how happy she had made him.

    "They were all so happy for us," says Pam. "We were finally getting to the point where we wanted to be and then it was taken."

    John Perry left life as he lived it, giving of himself once again. Before his death, all of John's organs were donated for transplant. Pam calls him a rare man who will never be replaced.

    "I want the kids to look at the pictures and remember how wonderful their dad was how much he loved them, how much of a hero he was," says Pam."

    Two fundraisers will be held for the Perry children next week.
    John Perry t-shirts will be sold in the cafeteria of the Eagleton Federal Building from noon to 1 p.m. next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, March 21 through March 23.

    You can also order the shirts online through the link on this web page.

    Also next Tuesday, Joe Buck's Restaurant downtown will donate 10 percent of your check to the Perry children, if you print out and present this flier at the door 



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