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Sergeant J. Harvey Burke | Richmond Police Department, Virginia Richmond Police Department, Virginia


J. Harvey Burke

Richmond Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 28, 1925

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 38

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 118

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Sergeant J. Harvey Burke was shot and killed while escorting a couple to their home to retrieve belongings.

The couple had been involved in a domestic dispute and Sergeant Burke was sent to monitor the removal of items. While on the scene the male suspect produced a handgun and shot the female. As Sergeant Burke attempted to disarm the man, he was shot and killed.

The suspect was convicted and executed on February 19th, 1926.

Officer Burke had served with the Richmond Police Department for nine years.

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Your heroism and service is honored today, the 85th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. I think it is wonderful that your grandson learned of this site and was able to post a reflection for you. I am sure you are proud of your large family.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater
July 28, 2010


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