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

20 years Brian, 30 since the academy. Seems like yesterday.
God Bless Brother

Peter Marano

February 8, 2024

Deputy Sheriff Litz,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Marion County. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol(Retired)

February 7, 2024

Doesn't seem possible that 20 years have passed, but your legacy lives on. We won't ever forget you, Deputy Brian Litz, K3483.

Lt. (Ret.) Beckie Sirolli
Former Marion County Sheriff’s Office

February 6, 2024

20 years this week my friend, think of you often...Hope you're proud of what we're doing to keep your memory alive. Until we meet again...

Tim Lockwood

February 5, 2024

You left a legacy

Brother Scott Litz

February 8, 2022

Brian I will NEVER forget you or Justice .Always,in my heart as well as your family.The photo of us hangs proudly on my wall.

Jen/Freedom Tozzo

February 7, 2022

I saw your brother today and helped him adopt a kitten. He reminds me of you soooo much... You smile and your humble personally... I miss you my friend! I see you again my friend!

Jonathan Keller

December 11, 2021

My Friend, My Brother LEO, and My Back Fellow FTO,
Brian was always a word or action of encouragement. He was the Field Training Officer that fixed broken recruits. More importantly he served from the heart in every aspect of his career. Although I don't remember specific conversation that we had because there were quite a few, I do remember that Brian made you feel important. Brian gave you the ability to see your significance in your duty. Thank you my Brother. Now on my 2nd agency I carry the gifts you gave me in my continued service of others over self.


Cary Gallop

October 26, 2021

I worked at the Marion County sheriff's department...and Deputy Brian Litz..Was the most humble professional I ever met....Gone but not forgotten! Keep the faith brother!

Robert Rittmayer

February 27, 2021

Worked briefly witb Brian as a security officer supervisor in Springfield Massachusetts. We took MA State Police test together. He was killed in the line of duty as a Deputy sheriff in Florida.
Both of us former K9 officers. Now im out of LE and an Asst Fire chief.
Always admired Brian's work ethic and willing to help others.
Rest in pease my friend.

Michael S Germaine
Asst chief Bondsville Fire

February 7, 2021

What a role model officer..Never complain to any call assigned to him.. Joke quite a bit ..with being in the Navy...calling me a squid!
He will missed...Gone but not Forgotten!

Robert Lewis Rittmayer
Marion County Sheriff's Dept

September 12, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Litz.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

February 7, 2019

15 years Brother not a day goes by without thinking about you,



February 7, 2019

You’ve been on my mind a lot lately brother. I wish you were here.

I’m teaching a K9 Handler school right now and your name has often come up during teaching moments and conversation. I’ll never stop telling your story to the new handlers. The story of who you were, your work, and how you left an impression on us all.

I think you’d be very proud.

I miss you brother.

J. Nix
Marion County Sheriff’s Office

February 6, 2019

Another year without you. Doesn't get any easier. We miss you everyday.

Vonnie Hart

February 8, 2018

Hey Brother another year really hard to here, 23 years ago sitting next to you in class, a day doesn't go by without thinking of you.

Damn Few


Peter Marano

February 4, 2017

Well officer Brian another year for your scholarship basketball game. Mr Tim Lockwood and family did another GREAT job. We had a full house and raised a good amount of money. Your son came which made it that much better. There was only one thing missing YOU MY SON AND THAT WILL BE UNTIL WE MEET IN HEAVEN SOME DAY. We love and miss you so much. God Bless your soul and keep watching over us.


January 5, 2017

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 Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

I did not know this man personally, but a mutual friend talked about him today and I just wanted to leave a note saying how much I appreciate the officers who put their lives on the line each day. Your service and commitment will always have my respect. Rest in peace.

Alison H.

February 7, 2016

Miss your conversation and laughter brother,

Found this and it seem to fit with the things we would talk about.

I am not the wolf, nor am I the sheep.

I am both and yet I am neither.

I am hated by the sheep, for I do not look nor think like them.

I am hated by the wolf, because I know how and why they think like they do.

I am out cast from the sheep, and I hate and love that at the same time.

I am thankful I am outcast from the wolf, the source for evil.

I have always watched over the flock of sheep, it is in my DNA.

I have always resisted the wolf, again, It is in my DNA.

I have both of their strengths, and neither’s weaknesses.

The sheep are afraid, weak, forever dependent on those stronger than they are.

This dependency allows them to be conquered and dominated, easily.

The wolf is a coward outside of his pack, he is weak when he is alone.

The wolf preys upon the weak and defenseless. He conquers and dominates, easily.

I am not afraid. I am strong, and never depend upon anyone, for anything, outside my family.

This absence of dependency keeps me from being conquered and dominated.

I need no pack. I am alone strong.

But in all this strength, I never conquer or dominate the sheep. Only the wolf do I dominate and conquer.

The wolf fear me. And rightly so, I take no prisoner. I expect and give no quarter.

And in all this, I still watch over the sheep. Watching for the wolf.

Hated, until the coming of the wolf.

I accept this fate. It is in my DNA. It is that I am, not who I am, that makes me what I am.

I also accept that as a fact, it is not a question of if I die. No not at all. And gladly.

It begs more questions than that.

How many go before me? The honorable manner of my passing?

Have I remained true to what I know?

I am the Sheepdog!

Deputy Sheriff
Alachua County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2016

"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 11, 2015

Officer Brian Litz was a great individual, we met one time but the one time is a everlasting memory...

Me and a couple of good friends were out on the back lawn of there house playing football with a soccer ball, Officer Brian Litz was passing by possibly just doing regular routine work, I gave him the peace sign high in the air as he was passing by, but he clearly didn't know what I was doing.
lol...He whipped his car around and pulled up to us, he got out of car and approached me and said "What was that for" and I said what are you talking about, and he said " You flicked me a bird and I was wondering why" with a smile.. I replied " sir i threw you a peace sign not the middle finger, as we proceeded to talk, he asked me what game were we playing, and we said football, but we didn't own an actual football... Officer Litz asked us if we were going to be playing out there for a while, we said yes.. he then got in his patrol car in left... approximately one hour later he returned with a brand new football and gave it to us.. i couldn't thank him enough for that, the ball was as nice of a football that i have ever saw... it was actually so nice until i never even took that ball out doors again after that day.... Sadly maybe a month later, I discovered the death of Officer Litz on the local news.. ive never felt so hurt about a person ive only know for about thirty minutes of my life.. :( he was a good guy, i hope his family gets this message to witness even more good things he has done for us kids growing up in the community that was less fortunate. I wish his family well, im sure the memories you have of him are amazing!!!

Lavar Grimes
The Wigwam resort, Military spouse

March 11, 2015

Sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family . Rest in peace .

Maureen Rolniak
Wife of Det William Rolniak Jr Eow 2/4/04 Riverdale Il

February 26, 2015

Dear Son, It is hard to believe that you have been in Heaven with your love ones for 11 years. We so miss and long to see you. God has a plan for us so we keep doing our best to be good people and follow His teachings. I am sure you are so proud of your son. He is a fine young man and is just like you in so many ways. Please continue watching over us. God Bless your soul and we love and miss you so very much.

Love always,

Raymond Litz

February 7, 2015

You are with me every single day of my life. We had some great talks and I am so glad you gave me the opportunity to write you a fantastic accommodation just for doing what you did every day; that is being a great cop and person. For people like you are so taken for granted sometimes. I am thankful that I was able share that with you. It is as if it was only six months ago since we were planning so much. Forgotten? Pss More like remembered everyday.

Sgt. Darin Vitale

February 5, 2015

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