Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Kenneth R. Burton

Richmond County Sheriff's Office, Georgia

End of Watch Sunday, January 4, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Kenneth R. Burton

kenny you will be forever missed and loved


June 9, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Burton's family, friends and co-workers. Another good officer has been lost while serving and protecting the citizens of Richmond County. May each of you have courage and strength as you begin to rebuild your shattered lives as a result of this tragic loss.

Roger Parker
Georgia Chapter, Concerns of Police Survivors

April 20, 2004

To the Burton family, friends, and the Richmond County Sheriff's Department, you have lost a beautiful soul, but heaven has one more shining star. Our thoughts and prays are with you all. Thanks Deputy Burton for all you have done for your brothers and sisters; rest in peace.

Patrol Officer
Prince George's County, Maryland

April 13, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 4, 2004

My family would like to send our condolences to the family of Deputy Sheriff Kenneth R. Burton. May God watch over all of you.
(Aunt of P.O. Jennifer Fettig EOW 2/16/04)

Gail M Pabst

March 19, 2004

Kenny was an awesome guy. He will be sadly missed here on the southside! i remember when his kids were born, and then his grandchildren. They have an awesome legacy to remember him by. Tim came by my house last week. Please all be in prayer for the family!
Vicky i have known you forever and i know you are a strong woman and will be victorious in this, Time be strong for your mom, and Natalie, you are like your mom, keep your head up. rely on God for your strength, and He will comfort you. Remember there is a reason for everything. we may not know it right now, but you will.
God Bless you and keep you. you know where i am if you need me.

Renee Holt-Kaufman
City of Augusta

March 18, 2004

Although we never had a chance to meet, we shared a common goal.
To make the world a better place, but now it's taken a toll.
Now I say to you in words of a prayer, I will remember what you've done.
Your death was the ultimate in sacrifice, how tragic that you're gone.
One day we'll meet and talk about our common goal and then,
The heartache that I 'm feeling now, will no longer have to mend.

The Men and Women of the Green Bay Polic
Green Bay P.D. Green Bay WI

March 12, 2004

My fiance, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Kenneth did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Kenneth be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Burton's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Kenneth is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Kenneth was well respected and well loved.

Thank you for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiance Dennis for me.

Peace, Love, Luck, and Happiness!

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Deputy Sheriff Dennis McElderry's fiancee - EOW (01/01/03)

February 15, 2004

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Deputy Burton and to all the personnel of the Richmond County Sheriff's Department 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 ensuring our safety.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

February 5, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Deputy Burton and to all of the officers who served with him.

While I did not have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has earned his place in heaven. Rest in peace my friend, those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin, blue line.


February 5, 2004

Rest in peace brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God bless your family and your department.
Thanks for your dedication and service.

Pennsylvania State Police

February 3, 2004

I've had the great pleasure to work with ken. he was good hearted person and a dedicated Police Officer. He will be truly miss. Take care brother.

Officer Jose A. Colon
United States Dept. of Veteran Affairs Police

February 1, 2004

On behalf of the Pittsfield Police Department, we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Dpty. Burton. God Bless.

Officer Rodney Minoty
Pittsfield Police Dept. ME.

January 31, 2004

May you rest in peace dear officer in blue. You have served your time protecting these streets down here so continue your watch from up above. May the Lord rest his hand upon your family's,dept.,friends,and fellow officer's shoulders.Rest in peace friend your fellow officers will take it from here.
God Bless

Sister of a WPD officer and friend of Officer Kelli Lee Lambert ( E.O.W. 07/21/2003)

Sister of a WPD officer
Wellston Police Dept. Wellston,Ohio

January 25, 2004

We are truly saddened at Ken's loss.
We all recall you gave your best.
You did your job, now you can rest.
Your comrades now can cover your post
as you take your place with the Heavenly Host.

God Bless Our Fallen Brothers & Sisters.
Our prayers will be with you, your family, and co-workers!

Ptlm. P.K. Harding
Binghamton (NY) P.D.

January 21, 2004

Please know that you are all in my prayers. I know the path you now walk, and each step is an effort, you don't know if you can make the next. But you do. Your officer was a hero, and these reflections will help you....I promise it will. It has been 3 months since my son, Kevin was killed, and I still have people telling me what a great deputy he was, and from these reflections, I can tell yours was a wonderful man. They will live on in their children. My daughter is serving in Iraq at this time, also, so I know both sides from which you are proud. God bless you.

Mary Fisher
Mother of Dep. Kevin Sherwood, EOW 10/9/03

January 20, 2004

When I informed this site of what happened, it was a little before Deputy Burton actually passed. Now, it is a few days after. I can feel the true concern and love in these replys. Rest in peace, deputy.

David Hopper

January 18, 2004

There is a hole in the Blue Line today
We lost a dear family member in gray.
Down in the “Line of Duty” he went
His full time here not yet fully spent.

His family and friends, they now gather near
To remember how it was, when he was here.
With sliding tear and trembling smile,
We know we won’t see him again for a while.

We reminisce and laugh a bit
At the thought of him not getting into it
With other gray brothers and sisters too
Chasing the bad ones and catching them too.

Now the Bagpipes are silent and the quiet descends
We know that our time with him never truly ends.
We feel him near on our daily patrols
Sitting there watching as our day unfolds.

But we know as we go along driving our beat
There is an angel there in the passengers seat.
Guiding our thoughts and our hands through the day
Keeping us clear of harm’s deadly way.

There is a hole in the Blue Line today
We lost a dear family member in gray.
Down in the “Line of Duty” he went
His full time here not yet fully spent.

We miss you Kenny.
God Speed My Brother.

Deputy Sheriff

January 17, 2004

What can you say to a person who has spent his whole life serving people? Nothing but, "You are a heroe." I want to say, "Thanks Brother..." Rest in Peace and May God Bless You and Your Family." You gave it all Brother.... Rest Now...

Sergeant Britt Godsey
Amory Police Department

January 16, 2004

My heart goes out to the family of Deputy Burton. May you find the strength in each other at this tragic time.

Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure 8/06/02

January 16, 2004

EOW 12/26/01

January 16, 2004

The loss is so great. My sincere condolence to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Burton. You will be remembered.

Sr. Trooper Keith Miller (Ret)
Oregon State Police

January 14, 2004

I grew up in Augusta Georgia, which is the jurisdiction for the Richmond County Sheriff's Dept. I didn't know Deputy Burton, but I would like to extend my condolences to his family, loved ones, and fellow deputies.

Police Officer II J. Harding
Richmond Virginia Police Dept.

January 14, 2004



January 12, 2004

God bless the blue angels.
Those willing to go, everyday into the valley of the shadow.
and those who now find peaceful shelter on the other side.
You are forever in our hearts and prayers.


January 12, 2004

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