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Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz | Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida Marion County Sheriff's Office, Florida

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

 

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.

Civilian
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

WE SEND CONDOLENCES TO A FALLEN HERO, AND HIS FAMILY. GOD SPEED DEPUTY LITZ!!!!!!




C.O. G.A. BOWE & FAMILY

C.O. G.A. BOWE
MARION CORRECTIONAL INST.
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

Brittany
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.

Officer
Atlanta Police
February 9, 2004

To the Litz family,
Our deepest sympathy. Words can not discribe how very sorry we are for your loss. My husband is also a K-9 officer, he has been with our Sheriffs Office for about the same amount of time Brian was with Marion, we also have a 5 year old....
We just lost a good friend, Deputy Bruce Williams, October 19, 2003. He was also killed in the line of duty. From this I know that time will mend the broken hearts of your family and extended family. Brian died a hero, and no one will ever forget that. Be proud of him, be strong and know that you all have a special angel to watch out over you forever.
You are in our prayers, our deepest sympathy.

Missie Wife of a Deputy
Green Lake County Wisconsin
February 9, 2004

I would like to express my sympathy to the family of officer Litz. I pray for his family and friends. I went through the same loss last year when my brother was killed in a car accident while on a call. I hope the family will come through this time of saddness. And know that he is appreciated and loved. Rest in peace officer Litz.

Melissa
February 9, 2004

Is so sad to hear of another officer killed in line of duty and is specially hard when is so close to home....
To your family and friends we sent our love, our prayers go out to you...and to you Deputy Litz, thank you and make sure that you will not be forgotten..

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86
February 9, 2004

To the family of Deputy Litz-may God be with you during this time, my prayers are with you. To Deputy Litz's fellow Deputies-may God be with you as well. Keep the faith, hold the line and continue with the fight against the evil in this world.

Investigator Ronnie Austin
State Attorney's Office-Tallahassee, FL
February 9, 2004

On behalf of everyone in the Ft Myers area, we extend to you our thoughts an prayers. I am the fiancee of Officer Daniel Starks who was recently killed in the line of duty (EOW 10.25.03). I know how hard it can be on this officers department, friends, and family. Our hearts go out to you, and though it isn't easy, know that your loved one is in a better place. I hope he has met Daniel, and that they are happy. Good luck, and I'll be praying for everyone effected by this Officer's death.

Jessica
Survivor of Fallen Officer Daniel Starks - FMPD
February 9, 2004

My condolences to the members of the Marion Co. S. O. and to the family of Dep. Litz. Rest in peace for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.
February 9, 2004

My condolences and prayers got to the family of this fine example of the best of our society. He will not be forgotten.
God Bless you

Tpr.Larry McClellan
Florida Highway Patrol
February 9, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
February 9, 2004

Deputy Litz, thank you for being a true hero. You knew the meaning of the word up to the end. My heart goes out to your wife and young son. He will always know that he now has his own special gaurdian ange.


Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure
Union County Sheriff, Fl.
EOW 8/06/02


February 9, 2004

Prayers from the ICE guys at LCSO. God be with the
loved ones at this horrible time. Contact us if there
is anything we can do for you all.

Sgt. Sid Harrison
Laurens County S.O. Dublin, GA
February 9, 2004

I had the pleasure of going to recruit school with Brian and found that he was a kind and dedicated person who took his job very seriously. With great sadness another hero is gone but not the memories or the good that he created. May God be with his family

Christine Rivero
private citizen
February 9, 2004

 
 

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