Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Burton "Burt" Lopez

Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, April 25, 2009

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Burton "Burt" Lopez

Scripture assures us that, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called [children] of God.” Matthew 5:9 ESV and “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13 ESV.

Rev. Dr. Steven Robert Closs, DD, MSBS
Licensed & Ordained Independent Christian Minister
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
“An Intercessory Prayer Ministry for Law Enforcement”
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers
Merrimack, NH 03054

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, DD, MSBS
Merrimack NH Police Department

July 29, 2018

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

April 25, 2018

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director, Florida Sheriffs Ass
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 7, 2016

Burt, you are thought of and missed each and every day. I will never forget the good times we had as kids. RIP


April 25, 2015

Thank you for your sacrifice. Rest easy now brother, we have it from here.

Agent C Clouchete
Osceola County Sheriff's Office

December 14, 2014

Every year I read the reflections and am so proud to have called this man my husband! I thank everyone who has and continues to leave messages. Burt you are missed every day. Our children have such warm and funny memories of you. Madi was so young when you were killed yet her memories are still strong. Even Caleb remembers so many things about you. My heart feels broken without you. I love you dearly and always will.


March 27, 2014


Another year has passed. Your family, friends, co-workers and fellow brothers and sisters elsewhere still grieve your loss. You touched so many lives in a positive way, and it shows in the reflections left on this page.

Three verses come to mind when I think of all you and your family has sacrificed for the safety of others.

"The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are as bold as the lion." Proverbs 28:1

"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13

and finally

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

You are truly a hero, and heros never in peace my friend.

Stephanie Irvine Anderson
Dispatcher/Friend - Citrus County Sheriff's Office

April 25, 2013

We will never forget... Continue to rest in peace Deputy Lopez and again, thank you sir for a job well done....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 25, 2013

He was my friend and I miss him, daily.
He was such a great guy !!

Corporal (Retired)
Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

April 24, 2013

Burt Lopez is my uncle and I miss him. Its horrifying someone did this to him!

tabitha schwandt

June 10, 2012

I could not let today go by without telling you that you are still very much missed by many. You are thought of daily and will never ever be forgotten by your family, friends, and co-workers. Continue to rest in peace my friend. My prayers are with your family, today and always.

Stephanie Irvine Anderson
Dispatcher/Friend - Citrus County Sheriff's Office, Inverness Fl.

April 25, 2012

Burt, It's been 3 years today that we received the sad, sad news that you had been taken from us. You are missed each and every day. R.I.P.


April 25, 2012

My prayers are with the Lopez family today and always, we have not forgotten your hero. Continue to rest in peace Deputy Lopez and thank you sir for a job well done....

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

April 25, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Lopez. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

Hey Dad,
The reflections show the difference you made in life; you always put others before yourself. It is difficult, more difficult than I ever imagined, but I know that you are with me. Even at 27, I am still the boy who wants to grow up and be just like his dad. I still rely on you to give me the strength to do what I need to do and live a life for others. Help me go where I need to go and make a positive difference in the world like you have.
I love you, miss you, and want to make you proud.

Jesse Lopez

December 28, 2011

Gone but not forgotten... Today is a difficult day as it marks two years ago today when a great friend Burt and his partner were shot and killed and went home to be with the Lord. He is thought of often and missed. Please keep the familes and fellow deputies in your prayers as this will be a difficult day for many people...

Steven Goldman

April 25, 2011

My prayers are with the Lopez family today as they face another EOW. It is said that heroes live forever, and you sir are a hero.... May you continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


April 25, 2011

Best Bud,

Thanksgiving is fast upon us... I wish the family a happy thanksgiving... For all of you who knew Burt you knew he was a special man, friend, father, husband. I am thankful to have known Burt and am blessed to have shared so much with him. I am so thankful for his friendship and all we shared. Take a moment to reflect on the things in life we should all be thankful for. I miss you buddy.

Steven Goldman

Steven Goldman
Best Friend

November 20, 2010

Dear family of Burt,

I am currently memorializing Burt on a project for my school. As soon as I'm done I plan on sending it up to Anthony and Jami for you to have. My goal is to donate at least 50.00 to the Burt Lopez fund, and if I can I will try to give more. I know this was and still is a very emotional time for all the family members of Burt and I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Sincerely, Joshua Platt


September 23, 2010

My friend..I still miss you So Much!

~ Lj

September 1, 2010

To the families of Deputy Burt Lopez and Deputy Skip York:

It lifts me up when I often hear the fond stories of Skip and Burt, told by those officers who worked beside them. Their fellow officers respected these men in ways all men hope to be. They give many of us a standard to reach for. I am inspired by their courage. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Just know their lives will forever be remembered and honored. May they rest in peace, and may God bless you and your families.

Criminal Investigator
US Marshals Service

May 19, 2010

To the Lopez family,
On May 8th, I ran the Police 5K in memory of Burt Lopez. I am honored to have had the opportunity to run in his memory. I have read many of the reflections and Burt was an amazing person, husband, father, and police officer. I am so sorry for your loss and will forever keep you all in my prayers.
God Bless

Special Agent

May 11, 2010

Well sir I never had the honor of meeting you but I do have a chance to honor your memory. I'm going to be running the National Police Week 5K today, in Washington D.C. I'm not the fastest runner but I will have you and your family in my heart the whole time. May God bless you and your family. I THANK YOU for the ulimate sacrifice you made for the safety and security of others. You will forever be in my heart.

Jaclyn McDonald
SrA, US Air Force

May 8, 2010

Deputy Lopez, I will leave this week to participate in the Police Unity Tour to honor you and your sacrifice. I will meet with your family to give them a gift from the Police Unity Tour.
I have heard nothing but great things about you not only as a police officer but as a person as well. Just reading the reflections left, you are thought of highly. I happen to be friends with Lt. Arnold Brown with your agency and he too has high thoughts about you.
I want to say this is an honor for me to do this and look forward to meeting your family. I know when the person who participated to honor my brother in 2008 gave me the gift, I was taken back and could feel nothing but pride knowing that someone took time out of their week to honor him.
To the family of Deputy Lopez, if you need anything during National Police Week, dont hesitate to call me. Mrs. Lopez has my phone number. Your sacrifice does not go unnoticed.

Cpl. Jeffrey Mayo
St. Tammany Parish S.O.

May 4, 2010

God bless the family & friends of Deputy Lopez as you pass the one year anniversary of his death. May God grant you peace.

From a Crestview native & veteran LEO.

Sgt. Rhonda Williams
Dayton Ohio PD

April 26, 2010

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