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

First of all...let me say how proud i am of Brians Mother and Father and his wife and child for the heroic and positive (as they can be) way in which they have been able, with the grace of God, to cope with the loss of such a great and noble officer and gentleman....and still be so helpful to others, like myself, who also feel a great loss in losing the acquaintance and friendship that Brian so generously gave to all He knew.....Marion County and the state of Florida was and is a better place to live because of Brian's dedication and work ethic and helping people ethic that he had all of his life...It would have been nice to see Him bloom to maturity and it is more than likely that 100"s more would have been helped just by Brians presence....We all lost a "Top Drawer Person" but The Heaven's are surely a better place because of His installation...I only hope that He knows how much He is missed and watchs over us all now and forever...Bob Litz

Robert Litz
Brians' Uncle and Godfather

January 28, 2006

The 2nd anniversary of you being called away from duty is approaching. I wanted to stop and leave a reflection to say that you have not been forgotten and are a true hero. I know your son is at the age where he is asking questions as to why you are not here. My two grandsons ages 9 and 6 are asking the same question and I have no real answer for them. All we can do it keep my sons memory alive just as your family will keep your memory alive and tell your son that you are a hero and that we are all proud of you. Keep watch over your family and protect them from harm. Guide your son throughout his life to keep him on the right path. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon, father of fallen officer Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

Bob Gordon

January 25, 2006

It's been too long since we last trained together. i will remember you as a friend, college, and brother. my last mememory is when we were leaning aginst your car and laughing about the dogs. I'll see you again!!!!


January 15, 2006


Today they unveiled a statue of you at the South West District Office. The statue was literally breath taking! It looked so much like you that it was scary in a way. It was a reminder of how much you are missed by so many. It was nice to see your family and how wonderful each and everyone of them are. Little Bri looks so much like you! I hope he grows up to have the same outlook on life that his dad had. He sure seems to have your sense of humor! I chatted with your mom. She is a very kind and warm hearted woman. HMM.. I wonder where you got that from? In some ways I still can't believe you are gone. I miss chatting with you and find myself thinking of you often. Everytime I see a Scooby Doo or a Batman anything I think of you. Keep watch over our guys on the road. Make sure they are safe.

Jaime Urban

January 13, 2006



December 29, 2005

Dear Bri,

We had a day of happiness and perfection-little bite-size pieces of perfection that give us the funny feeling that the you were smiling down on us from heaven. Cherie made an awesome photo album of memories of our family. We laughed & cried as we went thru each page.
I wish that we could hold you so gently one more time, because you are someone special and rare, not only our son.
On Friday the 13th of January we will be in Florida for the dedication of your statue. Needless to say, we get to see Lil Brian. Until then, we miss & love you so so much!!!

Mom, Nancy Litz

December 26, 2005

The holidays are not the same without you here with us. We know you are protecting heaven and us here on earth. Merry Christmas. Miss You,Bro!

December 25, 2005

Brian, Thinking about you and your family this Christmas...they will always be in our prayers...and you will never be forgotten. Miss you so much, Bro.

Officer B. Sirolli
Leesburg Police Dept.

December 25, 2005

Just passin thru, thought I'd check in. miss ya Bro.


December 14, 2005

Dear Brian,
Not a day goes by that I dont think about you. You have left such a great impact on so many people. I never had the chance to meet you, but I am sure that we would have been good friends-at least thats what I have been told. God bless your family and of course, Justice. I believe that many of us come home everyday because of things that you have taught us and the memories that we have. Forever in hearts

December 4, 2005

Dear Bri #23

If Michael Jordan only knew what an impact he made on you when you were a boy. The #23 some how has followed you through life and even now that your gone. There are so many #23 stories we could write a book. From the first time you met Michael Jordon and he signed your red & black Basketball (You were speechless.) Your first new red car with the #23 License Plate on it, sports car, your wedding ring you had custom made with #23 in diamonds (I still remember you not letting me see it until your wedding day.) Not to mention your son & Dad were both born on the 23rd. You were born on 5/18=23 in 1967=23. Believe it or not you are buried in Plot #23. I know that you are resting in peace there, I just know! By the way today just happens to be the 23rd, Happy Halloween Batman, fly high! We all miss you so much.
Love, Mom XOXO

Mom, Nancy Litz

October 23, 2005


I never got a chance to know you but have heard many great things about you. I will always be reminded of the sacrafice you gave for your community. I will carry with me the lessons learned from your loss and strive to be every bit as good as you were. Even though I never knew you I feel as if I lost a dear friend. The Sheriffs Office, Ocala P.D. and friends and family all display your shirts, hats and stickers. You are truly a hero in our eyes. Rest in peace brother we have the watch from here.

Deputy Moorehead
Marion County Sheriff's Office

October 13, 2005

Hey Brian. Its been along time since I talked to you. I left the Marion Co. Sheriff Office in 1997. I was one of your F.T.O's and remember how excited and anxious you were (like we all are)to learn everything you can. We spent a many of nights and days riding together. Sometimes I wonder if there was something I left out and didnt teach or show you. I think of you often and thank God I got to be your friend. I miss you bro. Eddie Rector

Lt. Eddie Rector
Appalachian State Unv. Police Dept.

October 2, 2005

Brian, just thinking about you, and hoping your family is coping with your loss...there isn't a day that goes by that I don't see one of the BATMAN stickers on the back of a POV. You were an a great friend, and I miss you so much...Until we meet again !!!

A friend
Marion County Sheriff's Office

September 28, 2005



September 27, 2005

Hey bro, I was just thinking of you and thought I'd check in. I was thinking of the tracks we used to run and that one trainee we made go hide and made Justice find. He was scared to death. I still try to keep the principles you taught me in training and don't pass up another unit on a traffic stop without checking out with them no matter what agency they are from. If we all don't look out for each other who else will? Ok bro, keep us safe. We know you are watching over us. Later.

Sergeant David Redmond
Marion County Sheriff's Office

September 21, 2005

Dear Brian,
I was thinking about you today and dicided to visit the site and leave you a little note. I try to stop by every once in awhile when im in the area to say hi to your parents and brother, they miss you so, but they are doing so well and are so proud of you and your brother. Scotts son is so adorable and looks just like him!!! I was so sorry to hear about your grandmother but I know you are taking very good care of her up there. I think about you and your family all of the time and how much of a impact you had on me growing up, what an amazing family. I promise to keep checking in. we all miss you my friend.

Amy Lazeren Thomas

August 21, 2005

Deputy Litz: Although it has only been a year since you gave your life protecting your community, your supreme sacrifice has not been forgotten. It will not be forgotten in a hundred years. How terrible that you went to check on the health and well-being of an elderly person and lost your life. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for your service to your community and for the supreme sacrifice you and your family made when your life was so unjustly taken.
Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya, Mother of fallen officer

August 2, 2005

Brian...I visit ODMP every month & read your new reflections. I read every new fallen heroes memorial and try to learn ways to be a safer Deputy. I know that you would be proud.

A bunch of us went to DC for the ceremony. The candlelight vigil was the awesome.

One of OPDs new K9's is name BLITZ after you. I know that you would love that. I think that is the coolest & also shows that your lose extends to agencies throughout the region.

Gooch did a really cool thing the other day & brought a bunch of very nice polo shirts with the Batman symbol with your ID on them & dropped them off at the south-multi district for us. Now I got a shirt to match my Batman tag!

Every time I'm getting ready for work & I put on my vest I think of you! Your lose has taught me that I need to take every tactical advantage I can get so that I can come home to my family at the end of my shift. You were the most officer safety conscious Deputy that I have ever been around & I want to thank you again for everything, even the tips of the glasses.

Brian as you are watching me from the heavens and you see me doing something that can hurt me, feel free to kick me in the guts so I get that "gut feeling" to recognize my mistake before I get Hurt. The rest of the time you can laugh at me, as I'm sure you already are!!

I miss you Brian!!

God Bless all your family!!

A Loving Friend

July 29, 2005

Bri #23

Happy Father's Day Son!

For all the goals that you set & the praise that you've given. For the lesson's you've taught & the pride you've instilled in our family & friends. For the strength that you've shown & the love that you've shared with all of us. There are so many reasons,in so many ways that we miss you. Not only on Father's Day, but each & every day you are in our heart & on our minds.
I was just reading the book you gave Dad "FOR DAD" what you personlly wrote will be treasured forever. It proudly sits in THE NY YANKEE ROOM along with a book Lil Brian gave him "A Special Grandfather".

Jack had his 1st Birthday, he has put alot of joy back into our lives. Scott & Cindy are such great parents, we are blessed to have them next door. The litte man is like a rocket, ya know like Grandpa Litz. Remember we called him Rocket Man.

We miss Lil Brian & are thankful for the visit we had last month with Cherie & the little guy in Washington DC. Your son is quit the charmer. He put your K-9 Baseball Card into the President's pocket & proceeded to tell him that he voted for him. So Cherie relied, in School Sir. So he signed your son's ID card, can you image what he told everyone when he got back to school? Your son is a real Politician, for a Kindergardener. So much like his Dad. We are blessed for that.



June 19, 2005

The credit belongs to the one who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes short again and again, who knows the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fails while daring greatly. So that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.

Terry Donovan
spouse of Amy Lynn Donovan Austin P.D. E.O.W. 31 Oct 2004

Terry Donovan

June 5, 2005

Nancy and the Litz family,

Thank you so very much for spending time with Chase and I during the painful days of National Police Week. And thank you for helping with Chase, he can be a handful. I'd have to laugh everytime he would ask for his little friend. I'm sure Amy and Big Brian were smiling down on those two boys. If you are ever in Texas, please give us a call.
Little Brian said he wanted to go deer hunting this year, Well I happen to be a hunting guide and would love to take him.
Terry Donovan
Spouse of Amy L. Donovan EOW 31 Oct 2004

May 21, 2005

Brian, I saw your family on C-SPAN as they traveled to Washington for the memorial service of all of the HEROES of Law Enforcement. I know your family and friends miss you so much. I want you to know that I too miss you, and am proud to call you a friend, until we meet again....

A Friend

May 19, 2005

Brian, just wanted to say that I am still thinking about you on what would have been your 38th birthday. Man, where has the time gone. We have our 20th reunion coming soon and you will be remembered but missed. Your loss is still hard to accept. You are forever in my thoughts. Rest peacefully my friend.

Keith A Josephson

May 18, 2005

Happy Birthday, Brian! Today is your 38th birthday, another birthday without you, oh how we all miss you. Little man will pick out your cake today, we will be together tonight to celebrate you.
We got home last night from Washington D.C., we were there for National Police Week to honor you. What a tough week, and seeing your name on that wall, made it all too real. Missing you more every day.
All my love to you, always. Vonnie

Vonnie Hart

May 18, 2005

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