Kevin Michael BurrellCompton Police Department, California
End of Watch: Tuesday, February 23, 1993
Reflections for Officer Kevin Michael Burrell
While I was assigned to Lynwood Sheriff's Station in the early 90's, I always enjoyed running into you in the East Compton area. You always found time to stop and chat with me, until either you or I had to respond to a call. You were always very friendly and had nothing but nice things to say about your day. I loved hearing the stories you would tell me about my brother Mike Doyle (Fresno PD) who was once a Compton Officer with you. The citizens of Compton were gifted by having you as an officer in their city, and suffered a tremendous loss upon your EOW.
It's been over 20 yrs. now and I still remember you like it was yesterday. Rest in peace brother. I will never forget you.
"The Final Inspection"
The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"
The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.
I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.
But I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep....
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.
And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.
I know I don't deserve a place
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.
If you've a place for me here,
Lord, It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't.....I'll understand.
There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept.
March 17, 2016
Rest in Peace Brothers
Corporal Joe Torres
February 22, 2016
Kevin Michael Burrell (RIP) and James Wayne MacDonald (RIP)
Watching the movie “STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON,” I could not help but think about the senseless murders of Burrell and MacDonald (who were not mentioned in the movie)….(Sigh).
Michael B. Parlor
August 14, 2015
I stopped by the memorial with my family last Saturday night, after having worked several protest events that week. I asked my wife and kids to look at the plaque and I described to them what happened that night.
I was working as a Sergeant in Southeast that night, we looked and looked for the truck that night.
Never will I forget the scene and the hospital. It reminds me that life is meant to be lived to its fullest and that we are to serve with diligence, and to get into harms way, to run into harms way as both of you did, so others can live in some sort of peace.
Thank You for setting the tone for us to follow, my brothers.
LAPD , Metro Mounted
Lieutenant Tony Lomedico
LAPD METRO MOUNTED
December 1, 2014
I think of you daily bro, I remember the laughs and the great times we had. Never forgotten!!! I love Kevin. RIP Brother.
October 2, 2014
I am a recruit in class 403 4th platoon. I wanted to take a minute and thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You gave the ultimate sacrifice and we are forever in your debt. You will serve as one of my inspirations through my academy and my goal to graduate.
Recruit Ines, Adrian U
September 29, 2014
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 22, 2014
HI MY FRIEND, TIME REALLY MOVES, I MISS YOU EVERYDAY MAN, ALL THE FUN TRIPS TO VEGAS AT 3AM AFTER WE BOTH FINISHED OUR RESPECTED SHIFTS(HAVEN'T BEEN SENSE THE LAST TIME WE WENT TWENTY YEARS AGO). I STILL CRY ABOUT THE SITUATION, I STILL REMEMBER BEING IN THE E.R. ROOM AS THEY WORKED ON YOU,STILL CANT BELEIVE YOUR GONE, YOUR GOD SON, RYAN, IS DOING WELL,HAS NO DESIRE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT.I'VE BEEN TO THE MEMORIAL WALL IN WASHINGTON D.C TWICE NOW,ONE MORE TRIP WITH MY YOUNGER SON IN A YEAR OR TWO. I WEAR YOUR MEMORIAL BRACLET, I MISS YOU MAN.I KNOW THAT YOU KNEW THE LORD. I GO TO YOUR PARENT HOUSE FOR THE TRIO BIRTHDAYS IN MAY,I PUT ON A GOOD FACE BUT IT REALLY HURTS. MY YOUNGER SON WILL KNOW YOU AS HIS BIG BROTHER DOES, LOVE AND MISS YOU. I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO THAT TIME WHERE WE SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN,UNTIL THEN REST IN GOD'S ARMS MY BROTHER.
RETIRED OFFICER MEGALLAN HANDFORD
LOS ANGELES HOUSING AUTHORITY POLICE DEPARTMENT
July 27, 2014
Kevin, still think about you all the time!
Deputy Bruce Frailich
L.A.SD., former COMPTON P.D.
May 22, 2014
Kevin was a family friend. I'll never forget the night of the shooting. It was my birthday and I was out to dinner with family. When the news broke of an officer being shot we were so afraid it was our own family member. And although it wasn't our blood, it was you Kevin, and that was just as bad. Thank you and Ofcr. James McDonald for your service. YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN!
April 15, 2014
Kevin I will never forget your words of encouragement to me while in Rio Hondo Police Academy and my many ride alongs with CPD! I think about you and your partner often! I have transitioned from officer to Civilian Crime Anaylyst with LAPD! Two heroes gone but not forgotten Rest in peace!
February 23, 2014
Hey kevin, I remember the time you caught the chicken pox in the academy and showed up to class anyways! They sent you home and you had to start with the next academy class. You took me aside one time and told me to be strong and hang in there. You were a great Christian brother! Never forget all your jokes and the times we tried not to laugh during inspection during the academy. I will never forget your smiling face! Rest in peace brother
Chaplain Paul Canas
los Angeles County Sheriff`s Department
January 29, 2014
I will never forget you Kevin, you were a true friend. I was just talking with one of your best friends (Megellan) about him trying to get a memorial sign on the 91 freeway in you and your partner's honor, hopefully it will become a reality soon. You are missed, love you and your family, especially your mom Edna.
Sergeant Nina Brown
Los Angeles Police Department
October 4, 2013
May you both be resting in eternal peace!
Police Officer III J. Romo
September 4, 2013
I went to Compton High with Kevin class of '81. I remember having history together in the 200 building. This man gave his life to protect us. I just returned from the military in October of 1992 and remember watching the news of two officers being shot near Gonzales park where I played baseball during the parks heyday. A few weeks ago I took my daughter to the park to show her where her daddy played little league and noticed that the park changed its name from West park to Burrell/MacDonald park.
September 2, 2013
I was 12 when this happened, i heard the shots, as I lived a few blocks south of the incident. I saw their memorial in the ground, it should be more of a visible memorial.
citizen Ricardo De La Torre
March 3, 2013
I just wanted to thank Mayor Eric Perrodin, Deputy Tim Brennan, and the rest of the Compton PD/Sheriff for keeping my Uncle Kevin's memory alive. The 20 year memorial was beautiful! The fact that you do this with only asking that our families be present shows that these fallen officers were more than just co-workers to you. Each year, this memorial helps to remove the pain of how we loss them, and replace that void with loving thoughts and memories of the great times we all shared. Although they are gone, you do a great justice in keeping their spirits alive. On behlaf of my little cousin Kevin Michael Burrell II, my grandmother, and the rest of my family, WE THANK YOU ALL!! Nephew Omari Burrell.
Nephew of Kevin Burrell.
February 25, 2013
I would just like to say that I have never forgoten OFC. Burrell and OFC. Macdonald. I was in the Fullerton Police academy when they lost there lives. I have always kept them in my mind. I still remember reading the paper that Burrell would always sing "I will always love you". Every time I hear that song I think of Burrell and Macdonald.
Corporal Joe Torres
February 23, 2013
You are still remembered. See you at the Memorial Ceremony tonight at 1900 hours.
Officer Salvador Villa
Compton School Police Dept
February 22, 2013
Kevin, it has beeen some years. i just went to the area where you were taken away . Rest in Peace
Compton Unified School Police Dept.
February 8, 2013
I still think about you from time to time. It has been many many years since you rode with me, first as an explorer and then finally as a sworn officer. Many good memories, a good man lost well before his time. God bless
Compton PD 1990-2000
Lt. Tom Eskridge--Retired
Compton PD/ Redondo Beach PD
December 22, 2012
I was just sitting her at work and I thought of you today. I remember the days at CSUDH we talked about police work and our futures. I had just been with LAPD for 7 or 8 years and you were finishing your education. I always knew you would be a leader as you were soo excited about your future as a Law Enforcement Officer. Big Brother, I do miss you. I miss your laughs, your skills on the basketball court and most important, how you treated others. Until we meet again.
Michael Brox, Detective III
Los Angeles Police Department
August 30, 2012
Kevin, You were a great friend and a great mentor. I will always remember your smile. I enjoyed your wisdom and let me tell you, Kevin, YOU WERE RIGHT. A COLLEGE EDUCATION DOES PAY OFF. I remember our long talks and how you put me in my place when I told you I wanted to join the Military and then become a COP. You told me to go to College, first! I didn't want to go to College, period; But your words always echoed in my mind.. 'Esther, You need a Back Up Plan. I did what you suggested, I thanked God for putting you in my life. You supported me while we were in the Compton Explorers Program and later encouraged me while I was away to War. My Friend, I work next door now; I remember you often. My daughter will be 19 this year. On her B/D, I dedicate a special prayer for you. My 3 kids and husband know about you and your magical way of making folks feel special. You were one of kind on Earth and I know the Angels are happy to have you in Heaven. Thank you and your Partner for your service. I know I will see you in Heaven one day.
ESTHER SYMONDS, DPO11
LA County Probation Department
April 21, 2012
Thanks for your 5 years of services, Kevin.
February 22, 2012
Kevin--I never was fortunate enough to meet you but I wanted to let you know that you recently helped put a gangster on death row with an old carjack arrest report from 1991. LIL Red stepped up an testified for the both of you. Good job Kevin and God Bless.
Retired OCSD Investigator Sean Murphy
February 11, 2012
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