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

Brian,

I can't believe it has been over 7 months without you here. I think of you all the time and wonder how your family copes with you not here. I miss your smile and your voice. I miss chatting with you on the nextel and miss your funny emails. You will always be in my heart. God Bless you scooby!

Love,

Jaime

Jaime Urban, DEU Secretary
Marion County Sheriff's Office

September 29, 2004

Brian,
Still missing you and thinking of you every day. You know we are there and will continue to be there always with Cherie and lil Brian. We love them so much. It's still so hard not having you with us. Little man is such a joy, I see your smile and your sense of humor reflecting in him, and it helps to take the edge off the pain. He has your dance moves too!
Tuesday was super hero day at Dede's school, she wore her black Batman "In Memory of Brain Litz" polo. She said you were the greatest hero she knew. She's right, you truely are a hero, and we will always love you.

Vonnie Hart
friend

September 24, 2004

STILL MISSING YOUR SMILE !!

ANON
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

September 19, 2004

Dear Bri,

It's been 7 months & 11 days. Your always on my mind & in my heart!

Jack was born June 6th what a cutie, Little Brian turned out to be your clone, he is so handsome. The two little guys give our family much happiness, even though the pain of your loss is so great.

When someone you love is a memory that memory becomes a treasure.

Love ya bunches,
Mom

Nancy Litz (Mom)

September 18, 2004

HE WAS MY FRIEND AND CLASSMATE. WE ATTENDED RECRUIT SCHOOL TOGETHER, WE WORKED TOGETHER AND SAW EACH OTHER ON CALLS.HE ALWAYS SAW THE BEST IN PEOPLE AND HE ALWAYS SMILED. HE TRULY ENJOYED THE WORK HE DID AND HE WAS THE BEST AT IT.THIS WAS BECOUSE IT CAME FROM HIS HEART.I WILL MISS YOU "BATMAN" I KNOW YOU ARE WATHING OVER ALL OF US EVERYDAY. BLESS YOU MY FRIEND.

DAVID E. BROOKS PARAMEDIC SPEC.OPS.
MARION COUNTY EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES (E.M.S.A.)

August 21, 2004

Hey, all is going ok. Not a day goes by that you are not in our thoughts. Keeping low! See ya when it's time!

Deputy
Marion County SO

August 6, 2004

Tomorrow will be six months that you've been gone. Sometimes it seems like only yesterday, and sometimes like years. What an incredible person you were! We'll never forget you, never forget what you taught us, and you'll always be alive in our hearts. Miss you, Bro....

Deputy Sheriff
MCSO

August 6, 2004

To all the friends and family, I just wanted to send my condolences. I lost a very close friend (Classmate)of mine on Feb 20, 2004 (Police Officer II Ricardo Lizzaraga). I know exactly what you guys are going through and just wanted to let you know that you are not alone. And to Brian; Thanx for watching over us and keeping us safe. You have done your time here, now let us take over your watch. Watch over us in our times of need from up there.

"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 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 awful 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 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 saints had often trod,
as the policeman waited quietly
for the judgement 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."



The Man In Blue

He gives her a kiss as he leaves for the day,
Leans down to kiss the little one, wishing he could stay.
He slips into the blue uniform proudly and looks into the mirror,
Straightens out the medal badge, and puts on the face of “No Fear”
Gets into his vehicle and drives thru his beat,
He helps several citizens and hasn’t yet had a chance to eat.
He keeps his head up high as he heads to his next call,
He feels the needs of the people are much more greater, and his are minute and small
It’ s almost the end of shift as he begins to start heading back,
Thinking about getting home and tucking his little one into the sack.
Suddenly a shot rings out and everything gets dark,
His partner puts out a call for help and puts the vehicle into park.
He holds his partner in his arms and tells him its okay,
“Please tell my wife and son I love them”, his partner begins to pray,
Voices begin to echo and memories begin flashing by,
He remembers the day they said, “I do” and the sound of his son’s first cry.
Now a victim of the hand he had lived “To Protect and Serve”
The Man in Blue is end of watch, its something he didn’t deserve.

Police Officer II
Los Angeles Police Dept

July 26, 2004

You will NEVER be forgotten!

Deputy Sheriff
Marion County SO

July 17, 2004

You are still in our thoughts....every day and all the time!

Deputy Sheriff
Marion County SO

July 9, 2004

Sometimes when we're on calls that seem to be going south fast I imagine you're there in the shadows, making sure we're OK...you always were our guardian angel. Still catch myself watching for you, still hear your voice. Strange how it doesn't get better or easier. Miss you Bro....

Anon Deputy
MCSO

June 29, 2004

Yet another death of a true freedom fighter. I have never visited Florida but in my eyes Deputy Litz died for the safety and freedom of the United States. Thank you Deputy Litz for your commitment and courage.

Brent
civilian - Josephine County, Oregon

June 20, 2004

Today is Fathers day and I hung our class picture in my new home. It was the first picture I put up thinking how difficult it must be for little Brian and Cherie to be without you !!!!Knowing how much she missed you on mothers day.Never Forgotton!!

Jennifer
FF/PM

June 20, 2004

Brian, It is so hard to believe that Kimo has been gone for a year this past Sat. This time last year you were assisting me with her death and that seemed like the end of my world. Then you brought Justice to comfort me!!!!This week I drove in from out of town to speak to a group of young people at a church about clowning and your name came up. People said have loved and respected you are everywhere!!!I said you are and will always be the very "best"in my eyes. I went to where "Kimo" is buried and put a flower on her gave with a bumber bee because they are NOT suppose to fly but they do anyway. Barbars's cat "Snowball"died this past weekend so you are getting alot of furry friends to keep you company. I am going get a batman pin for my graduation ceremony in Dec. for my masters in your memory(between you and me) because I know you will be with me as my prayers are always with BOTH your families as the pain of their loss is so GREAT I cannot NOT image. Zoe is really doing well learning signs. You would be proud and I am almost done unpacking and ready to place our picture on the wall!!!!May God bless all those who read this website and keep you safe!!!U.S.Navy Veteran ;State Fire Instructor III/Paramedic

FF/PM Jennifer Tozzo
Graduate Student

June 5, 2004

In loving memory of D.S. Brian Litz:
Another sad and tragic day for law enforcement. Your death diminshes
us all. Thank you for your selfless service and sacrifice. It is a
long road to healing that lies ahead, but I know that our Lord and Savior
Jesus Christ will extend His mercy and comfort to all who reach out to
Him. There is none greater than He. We don't get to Heaven based on
what we do, but what He did for us!! AMEN! There is now a huge void
that cannot be filled. God be with all those who mourn and may His
promises lift all those with heavy hearts for many years to come.
Lynn Kole
Washington State


May 30, 2004

Every day the thought of you is there. I see the stickers on the cars and wonder why. I drive though "The Hill" and remember hiding in the trees, I go to the airport and make sure that Justice is not out, I remember you helping me through December of 2001, when I thought I could not go on. I guess "Only the good die young." (Billie Joel). See ya later!

Deputy Sheriff
MCSO

May 26, 2004

Dear Brian,
Yesterday was your 37th birthday. Happy Birthday, Bro! We thought of you and spoke of you all day yesterday, as we do everyday. A day has not gone by that we don't think of you, speak of you and speak to you. Can you feel the love?!:)
Yesterday we gathered at the cemetery, to wish you a Happy Birthday. Cherie brought you beautiful roses and little Brian brought you a picture of the two of you. We cryed and laughed thinking of you. I know you were there with us, loving us just as much.
Last night, Scott made his famous spaghetti, and your closest friends and family gathered at your home to celebrate your birthday. Of course, we had cake and sang "Happy Birthday" as Little Brian blew out the candles. Again, I could feel your presence with us.
Happy Birthday, Brian. We love you and miss you. As you can tell, you are still a BIG part of our lives, and will continue to be, always.

All my love to you, Vonnie

Vonnie Hart

May 19, 2004

Dear Brian,

It's been over three months since we lost you in the flesh. You remain with us in spirit. I always think of you and try my best to be safe and instruct the new guys to keep sharp on their safety.

We talk about you every day and wish you were here.

"Later Bro"

P.S. Happy Birthday

Deputy Sheriff
Marion County

May 18, 2004

Dear Brian,
I wanted to remember you on your birthday, and tell you there is not a day that goes by that i dont think of all you and your family have taught me over the years. I dont ever remember a time in my youth that you and your family were not there for me and my family when we needed you.....even when we didnt. Some people are just true friends, I can honestly say I learned alot about family and friendship from you. I want you to know that you also taught me about who a person is supposed to be, and I only hope that I can learn from all that you gave, and can become a better person from the legacy you leave behind. You are a true hero my friend, I will always strive to be like you so giving, so loving.
I miss you
your friend Amy

amy lazeren thomas

May 18, 2004

May 18, 2004

Happy Birthday Brian!

The day you were born will always be celebrated with much happiness. Our life with you as been a great adventure, watching you grow up, marrying the love of your life Cherie & having a son named after you. And in a few weeks the Little guy will have a new cousin named Jack Brian, of course. How proud he will be of his Uncle Brian.
The memories of you will always be treasured. I did not think it would be possible to love you more but, tremendous pride has been added to that love in the wonderful person you became. You gave us all new meaning with your Personal Message "What we do today shall echo in eternity"

As always, I miss you & love you bunches
Angel Hugs & kisses
Love, Mom

Mom

May 16, 2004

I had the pleasure of meeting Deputy Litz's brother while on the job at Bradley Int'l Airport in Connecticut. He was heading down to Florida to be with his family when he introduced himself and informed me of his brothers utlimate sacrifice. My prayers and thoughts go out to a fellow k-9 brother who will always be an inspriration to me. Rest is peace Deputy, your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Jeff Kehlenbach, MS and Duke
US Customs & Border Protection K-9

K-9 OFFICER
US CUSTOMS & BRODER PROTECTION

May 15, 2004

We remember the officers who changed
Our lives , The Men and Women who protect us everyday and night,For when
faced w/ danger , They never even pause. We remember the officers who always stood true ,what ever color of The uniform , green , brown , grey, or
blue , W/ pride and integrity they say
"To serve and Protect", For the giving
of their life, We offer our respect.
Deputy Litz , I was surfing the web and
saw this and thought of you

Sgt. Mark Miller (security Officer)
Mcgriffs Prof. Security

May 9, 2004

To Brian and family , May God Bless you
And your family , I would like to say
Thank Deputy Litz and all the men and
Women of the Marion Co. Sheriffs Office for keeping the community where
I live and raise my Daughter Safe ,
On Behalf of Mcgriffs security , My wife Stacy and our Daughter Megann .
We,re very sadden of our Fellow brother's untimely death .
We,ll cherish his memory , GOD Bless
the Family , Friends ,and Fellow Law Enforcement Officers Every Where, May the lord Protect you and your love ones.
"Blessed Are The Peace Keepers"

Sgt. Mark Miller (security Officer)
Mcgriffs Prof. Security

May 2, 2004

BRIAN,
SINCE THAT DAY THAT I LEARNED OF YOUR PASSING, THERE HASN'T BEEN A DAY WHERE YOUR FACE AND VOICE HAS NOT GONE THROUGH MY MIND. I FIND MYSELF, WHILE WORKING DAY SHIFT, VISITING YOU AT YOUR GRAVE SITE AND JUST REMEMBERING THE CONVERSATIONS THAT WE HAD. IT SEEMS LIKE YESTERDAY THAT I TOLD YOU," IF YOU KEEP UP WHAT YOUR DOING, YOU WILL BE IN CHARGE OF THE K-9 UNIT ONE DAY." I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT SMILE THAT YOU GAVE ME AND SAID," BRO, I'M JUST DOING THE BEST THAT I CAN." AS YOU PUT ON THE BACK OF YOUR CARD, YOUR VOICE WILL ECHO FOR ETERNITY WITH ME. YOU HAVE AN EVERLASTING IMPRESSION TOWARDS EVERTHING THAT I DO NOW, FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT TO MY FAMILY LIFE. YOU ARE THE TYPE OF PERSON THAT WE ALL WANT TO BE, BUT WE DO UNDERSTAND THAT GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU, AND WE WILL GET TO MEET AGAIN.
YOUR FRIEND,

CPL. GERARD T. KING JR. AND K-9 BARON
OCALA POLICE DEPT.

April 26, 2004

To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say.
But first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from Heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; Here is just eternal love.
Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I am with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through
God picked me up and hugged me and he said, “I welcome you”.
It's good to have you back again, you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, They'll be here later on.
I need you here badly, you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.
God gave me a list of things that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night the days chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.
When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years.
Because you are only human they are bound to bring tears.
But do not be afraid to cry: it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.
I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
If I were to tell you, you would not understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is over.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.
There are many rocky roads ahead of you, and many hills to climb;
But together we can do it by taking one step at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you to;
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.
If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain;
then you can say to God at night...."My day was not in vain".
And now I am contented...that my life was worthwhile.
Knowing as I passed along the way I made somebody smile.
So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low:
Just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.
And when it's time for you to go...from that body to be free.
Remember you're not going...you're coming here to me.
I will always be with you!

Anonymous

April 23, 2004

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