Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz

Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, February 7, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz

Brian, there is no greater love than for one to lay down his life for a friend. You have paid the ultimate sacrifice and in doing so, you have now touched the face of God. The word "hero" can never be said or heard again, without your face coming to mind. Rest, brother.

Lieutenant Mike Forte
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

I have never met you but I feel that I have always known you. Conversations with your wife have always been about how much you loved your job and being part of the K-9 unit was so important. I am sure God has a special place for you.

Gloria Smith
Co-workers of wife Cherie

February 9, 2004

Brian, from the hearts and souls of all your fellow officers we will miss you dearly. You hold a special place in my heart not only because we worked side by side as brother officer's, but because you and i became friends back in 1994 when we attended the Academy together. You had just moved from up north and not had many friends yet. I am honored to have befriended you and your family. We had good times in the academy being detac partners and learning how to be Officers. Our study sessions at our homes with classmates will never be forgoten, you helped me get through some hard times. You became a Hero to all of us by doing your job, but most of all you became our Hero for being our friend, our co-worker and for the K-9 handler who would never quit on trying to catch the suspect. Brian, we will miss you something fierce, not to hear " K3483 Marion " on the radio will be heartbreaking. Rest in peace my friend, my brother, my co-worker. Cherie, Lil Brian and Justice will be taken care of here, they are our family too. You track the clouds and keep the heavens safe, and we will try to keep the peace here on Earth. Your brother, Nicky. P.s, you were the only person to call me Nicky, why i let you I'll never know, it sounded good from you.

Master Deputy Nick Ragosta
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

Dear God,
I write this letter to you since Brian is now with you in body and soul. We feel such a deep and painful loss. But we want to thank you for giving Brian to us for the time that we had him. Words will never be able to express how honored we feel that we got the chance to have had Brian in our lives. His sincere love and concern for people stood out. And just his presence alone brought joy to everyone. Brian was one of those few people who "GOT IT." So I thank you God for giving him to us to learn from and to learn how to become less of ourselves. I know his spirit will always remain with us. Tell him God, that we miss him and we will always remember him.

Sergeant Angel Hughes
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

My son-in-law Eric knew Officer Litz, having been an officer himself. Eric reflected his admiration for Officer Litz and his gentle ways.
I live in Pine Run, where all this happened. Although I didn't have the pleasure to know Officer Litz, I am terribly sad over his death in the line of duty. He is a hero in my eyes. I want the department, his wife and son to know how important his job was to those of us he helped to protect.
Thank you Officer Litz for being the kind of person you were and for making such a difference in the lives of others. I would be proud to have called you my son.

Fran Tilton

February 9, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Litz.

While I did have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven. Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.


February 9, 2004

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Deputy Litz and to all the personnel of the Marion County Sheriff's Office who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in his effort to ensure the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

February 9, 2004

I was shocked and saddened to hear about what happened to this man. I did not know him personally, but from what I have heard and read about him, he seemed like a wonderful person, and I know he will be sorely missed. My heart goes out to his wife and little boy. God bless all the law enforcement out there, and thank you for putting your life on the line each day.

Amanda Proffitt
Johnson City, Tennessee

February 9, 2004


I am using this forum to convey my sincerest condolences to the family of Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz.
I am one of the three stepdaughters related to the suspect, and had been so for 22 years. I cannot express my utter horror and shock as to the events that happened this past Saturday. This has taken a terrible toll on all members of both families involved. I am deeply saddened, as are all of my family members. As I loved my stepfather, so did we all. I cannot imagine the man I knew doing this sort of thing to himself and certainly never to another human being. I don't think I will ever completely know the "whole" story but I pray for my stepfather and for the brave officer who came to do his job, neither of them knowing of the horrible fate that would take place that day. God bless my stepfather, and to the dedicated officer that tryed to step in and negotiate a better way to undo the pain that he had been going through. God bless the familys involved in this tragic event. I continue to pray.................... sincerely, a loving stepdaughter

February 9, 2004

There are no words to express the loss of this special young man. Brian was a joy to everyone and had a heart of gold.
He will always hold a special place in my heart. I loved him as if he were my own son. I love you Brian
Aunty Denise

denise manseau
family member aunt

February 9, 2004

I've already left a reflection, but I wanted to let people know how much we appreciate the tremendous outpouring of...hands to help us up with, shoulders to cry on, prayers sent, grief shared...many of us are checking these reflections a few times a day, and we're so touched at how many people are taking the time to let us know they care.

Those of us who know....KNEW Brian also know that he would never have wanted this for himself. He was a merciless self-critiquer, and I can just about hear him now, reaming himself over what happened, and not allowing that this was a mindless, senseless, awful moment that cannot be changed, something no amount of training or experience could have prevented...He was "Officer Safety" at its best, constantly preaching it, always demonstrating it... Besides "later, bro" (never goodbye) and "Oh, no doubt!" he always said that no matter what, the important thing was that we go home to our families at the end of the shift. We learned so much from him....

We all know how much he loved his wife and son...and his dog, Justice (most of the time!!)...he loved to have fun....he loved doing things for everyone else....every deputy considered him their good friend....

And not one of us truly believes this guy is actually gone. Like its some cosmic joke, or a huge mistake, or an awful nightmare and WHEW, glad we finally woke up!

So anyway, the time you've all been taking to post a note, make a phone call, or say a's making a difference, and we can't say thanks enough.....

A Deputy
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

To the family of Deputy Brian R. Litz:

I would like to offer my deepest condolences to you for your tragic loss-we all mourn for you.


February 9, 2004

To the family of Brian Litz- my deepest condolences.
To my Law Enforcement brothers and sisters- my prayers are with you.
So very sorry to hear of this Deputy's life being taken.
May the Lord hold you all close to HIS heart during this time of trouble and heartache.
Rest in Peace Deputy Litz. Your tour of duty is over here.
Watch over those of us left behind as we continue on in the battle between good and evil.

Corporal L. Satcher
Gainesville Police Dept Florida

February 9, 2004

What can I say about Brian? He was a wonderful man with a sense of professionalism that I have never seen in anyone else. Brian and I became friends over his K-9 Justice. We found out that we used the same trainer. From that point we hit it off as friends. From his sweet smile to his funny email address he was an amazing man and fabulous deputy. He adored his wife and son. I enjoyed his friendly emails and funny nextel pages. I can't believe he is gone and I don't think I will ever be the same. He touched my life in so many ways and I think that I am a better person just for knowing him. If his family reads this I want them to know how horrible I feel for them and that I have been praying for you and Brian since I found out of his death on Saturday the 7th. You all are all I have been thinking about and praying for. May god bless Brian and keep him. I hope that you are able to find peace and solitude in the wonderful memories that I know you have of him. He is at peace with god.

Jaime Urban
Marion County Sheriff's Office DEU

February 9, 2004

I say good-bye to you, hero, and ask you to rest in peace, and think about us, and miss us, as down here we love you so very much.
I imagine angels are accompanying you now and I ask them to take care of you, because you deserve their protection.

Reserve Sergeant J.C. Helms
Polk County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004




February 9, 2004

Rest In Peace ....K9 handler Brother

Constable Dave Austin
Dekalb Co. Alabama Constable/K9 Handler

February 9, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Brian, you are a true hero and will not be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/04

Assistant Chief Carl Wortham
Sand Springs Police Dept. Okla

February 9, 2004

We in Law Enforcement are the sheep dogs protecting the flock of our communities from the wolves. Brian was the big dog on this day. When he fell, our hearts sank. The other Deputies there stepped up and attacked the wolf that took Brians life. Thank you all for being there when a fallen brother needed you most. Brian you will always be the big dog. You will always be remembered.

Cpl. Chris Scaglione
Ocala Police Dept.

February 9, 2004

Dedicated To A Fallen Hero:

Deputy Brian Litz was looked upon as an excellent k-9 deputy as well as a loving husband and a caring father of little Brian. Deputy Litz life was taken from him too soon. Although he is gone we will always have a living reminder of him, his son little Brian. Deputy Brian Robert Litz had one soul but many hearts. He was a friend and co-worker to both my parents. They always had such good things to say about him and his k-9 Justice. Dept Litz is one of many fallen heros. He will certainly live on and always hold a special place in many of our hearts. Our prays are with him, his family,friends and co-workers.
God Bless You Deputy Litz
Daughter of Corp Mike Colbert
-Dunnellon Police Deptartment &
Dispatcher Carrie Colbert
-Marion County Sheriffs Office


February 9, 2004

Good bye Brian. This week will be one of the toughest ones I can remember for all of us. Know that you were one of the best that I have had the priveledge to work with. You were truly one of the good guys. You are gone, but I hope your family will take heart in the knowledge that you died with honor, while doing what you loved. You and Justice were a perfect team and I know he was part of your family. If he could have saved you, I know he would have....

Marion...Kilo 3483 is 10-7.

Deputy Ron Hoague
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

Brian, you were not only my co-worker but a member of my family. You allowed me the priviledge of having your son call me Aunt Sharon and my neice to call you Uncle Brian. You touched all of our hearts in the Falcone family and we will never forget you. You can rest easy that Cherie and Brian will always be members of our family and we will care and watch out for them forever. I miss you so much my brother, watch over us from the heavens and keep us safe. We love you.

Sgt Sharon Falcone
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

This fine officer responded to a possible break-in report at my in-laws home near Ocala back in November. My wife arrived alone at the house and upon discovering an open door, she called me.

I in turn called Marion County 911 from NC. Deputy LItz and the other deputies were very prompt and professional in determining that no break-in had occurred. They were very kind to my wife who was rather embarrassed and assured her that was what their job was. She was so appreciative of his kindness, as was I. What a terrible tragedy to lose a fine family man and outstanding, veteran officer so senselessly.

I am so very saddened for the family, friends and collegaues of this fine man. We will not forget this fine man. He now walks a beat in Heaven with St. Michael. My prayers are with his loved ones. God Bless and be safe.

Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools,
Avery Dist. Law Enforcement

Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools, Avery Dist LEO

February 9, 2004

To the Litz family, and Marion County Sheriff's Office,

My sincere sympathies for your loss. Deputy Litz is a hero, and made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that I'm sure he loved. My prayers are with all of you. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother!

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

February 9, 2004

Rest easy brother the watch is ours now.
God bless you and youre family.

Atlanta Police

February 9, 2004

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