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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

Dedicated To A Fallen Hero:

Deputy Brian Litz was looked upon as an excellent k-9 deputy as well as a loving husband and a caring father of little Brian. Deputy Litz life was taken from him too soon. Although he is gone we will always have a living reminder of him, his son little Brian. Deputy Brian Robert Litz had one soul but many hearts. He was a friend and co-worker to both my parents. They always had such good things to say about him and his k-9 Justice. Dept Litz is one of many fallen heros. He will certainly live on and always hold a special place in many of our hearts. Our prays are with him, his family,friends and co-workers.
God Bless You Deputy Litz
Daughter of Corp Mike Colbert
-Dunnellon Police Deptartment &
Dispatcher Carrie Colbert
-Marion County Sheriffs Office

Brittany

February 9, 2004

Good bye Brian. This week will be one of the toughest ones I can remember for all of us. Know that you were one of the best that I have had the priveledge to work with. You were truly one of the good guys. You are gone, but I hope your family will take heart in the knowledge that you died with honor, while doing what you loved. You and Justice were a perfect team and I know he was part of your family. If he could have saved you, I know he would have....

Marion...Kilo 3483 is 10-7.

Deputy Ron Hoague
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

Brian, you were not only my co-worker but a member of my family. You allowed me the priviledge of having your son call me Aunt Sharon and my neice to call you Uncle Brian. You touched all of our hearts in the Falcone family and we will never forget you. You can rest easy that Cherie and Brian will always be members of our family and we will care and watch out for them forever. I miss you so much my brother, watch over us from the heavens and keep us safe. We love you.

Sgt Sharon Falcone
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 9, 2004

This fine officer responded to a possible break-in report at my in-laws home near Ocala back in November. My wife arrived alone at the house and upon discovering an open door, she called me.

I in turn called Marion County 911 from NC. Deputy LItz and the other deputies were very prompt and professional in determining that no break-in had occurred. They were very kind to my wife who was rather embarrassed and assured her that was what their job was. She was so appreciative of his kindness, as was I. What a terrible tragedy to lose a fine family man and outstanding, veteran officer so senselessly.

I am so very saddened for the family, friends and collegaues of this fine man. We will not forget this fine man. He now walks a beat in Heaven with St. Michael. My prayers are with his loved ones. God Bless and be safe.

Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools,
Avery Dist. Law Enforcement

Chief JA Millan
NC Public Schools, Avery Dist LEO

February 9, 2004

To the Litz family, and Marion County Sheriff's Office,

My sincere sympathies for your loss. Deputy Litz is a hero, and made the ultimate sacrifice doing a job that I'm sure he loved. My prayers are with all of you. His sacrifice will not be forgotten. God Speed Brother!

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

February 9, 2004

Rest easy brother the watch is ours now.
God bless you and youre family.

Officer
Atlanta Police

February 9, 2004

To the Litz family,
Our deepest sympathy. Words can not discribe how very sorry we are for your loss. My husband is also a K-9 officer, he has been with our Sheriffs Office for about the same amount of time Brian was with Marion, we also have a 5 year old....
We just lost a good friend, Deputy Bruce Williams, October 19, 2003. He was also killed in the line of duty. From this I know that time will mend the broken hearts of your family and extended family. Brian died a hero, and no one will ever forget that. Be proud of him, be strong and know that you all have a special angel to watch out over you forever.
You are in our prayers, our deepest sympathy.

Missie Wife of a Deputy
Green Lake County Wisconsin

February 9, 2004

I would like to express my sympathy to the family of officer Litz. I pray for his family and friends. I went through the same loss last year when my brother was killed in a car accident while on a call. I hope the family will come through this time of saddness. And know that he is appreciated and loved. Rest in peace officer Litz.

Melissa

February 9, 2004

Is so sad to hear of another officer killed in line of duty and is specially hard when is so close to home....
To your family and friends we sent our love, our prayers go out to you...and to you Deputy Litz, thank you and make sure that you will not be forgotten..

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86

February 9, 2004

To the family of Deputy Litz-may God be with you during this time, my prayers are with you. To Deputy Litz's fellow Deputies-may God be with you as well. Keep the faith, hold the line and continue with the fight against the evil in this world.

Investigator Ronnie Austin
State Attorney's Office-Tallahassee, FL

February 9, 2004

On behalf of everyone in the Ft Myers area, we extend to you our thoughts an prayers. I am the fiancee of Officer Daniel Starks who was recently killed in the line of duty (EOW 10.25.03). I know how hard it can be on this officers department, friends, and family. Our hearts go out to you, and though it isn't easy, know that your loved one is in a better place. I hope he has met Daniel, and that they are happy. Good luck, and I'll be praying for everyone effected by this Officer's death.

Jessica
Survivor of Fallen Officer Daniel Starks - FMPD

February 9, 2004

My condolences to the members of the Marion Co. S. O. and to the family of Dep. Litz. Rest in peace for we have the watch now.

Ofc. Michael Walker
Tallahassee Police Dept.

February 9, 2004

My condolences and prayers got to the family of this fine example of the best of our society. He will not be forgotten.
God Bless you

Tpr.Larry McClellan
Florida Highway Patrol

February 9, 2004

“When God made Peace Officers….”

When the lord was creating Peace Officers, he was into his sixth day of overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.”

And the Lord said, Have you read the spec on this order? A Peace Officer has to be able to run five miles through alleys in the dark, scale walls, enter homes the health inspector wouldn’t touch, and not wrinkle their uniform.

They have to be able to sit in an undercover car all day on a stakeout, cover a homicide scene that night, canvass the neighborhood for witnesses, and testify in court the next day.

They have to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half- eaten meals. And they have to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands….No Way.”

“It’s not the hands that are causing me the problems,” said the Lord, “It’s the three pairs of eyes an officer has to have.”

That’s on the standard model? asked the angel.

The Lord nodded. One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before he asks, “May I see what’s in there sir?” (When they already know and wishes they had taken that accounting job.) Another pair here in the side of their head for their partners’ safety. And another pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “ You’ll be alright ma’am, when they know it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve,” rest and work tomorrow.”

“I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound drunk into a patrol car without incident and feed a family of five on civil service paycheck.”

The angel circled the model of the Peace Officer very slowly, “Can it think?” she asked.

“You bet,” said the Lord, “It can tell you elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in it’s sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five judges to debate the legality of the stop…and still it keeps it’s sense of humor.

This officer also has phenomenal personal control. They can deal with crime scenes painted in HELL, coax a confession from a child abuser, comfort a murder victim’s family’ and then read in the daily paper how Law Enforcement isn’t sensitive to the rights of criminal suspects.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the Peace Officer. “There’s a leak,” she pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model.”

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “It’s a tear.”

“What’s the tear for?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that funny piece of cloth called the American flag, and for justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked sober. “I didn’t put it there,” he said.


Anonymous

Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

February 9, 2004

Deputy Litz, thank you for being a true hero. You knew the meaning of the word up to the end. My heart goes out to your wife and young son. He will always know that he now has his own special gaurdian ange.


Lori Brown
Aunt of Deputy Renee Azure
Union County Sheriff, Fl.
EOW 8/06/02

February 9, 2004

Prayers from the ICE guys at LCSO. God be with the
loved ones at this horrible time. Contact us if there
is anything we can do for you all.

Sgt. Sid Harrison
Laurens County S.O. Dublin, GA

February 9, 2004

I had the pleasure of going to recruit school with Brian and found that he was a kind and dedicated person who took his job very seriously. With great sadness another hero is gone but not the memories or the good that he created. May God be with his family

Christine Rivero
private citizen

February 9, 2004

What do cops think?...only Bosco knows.

Brian, as you now know, Jesus Loves You, So Do We!

John 3:16

Ret Officer RB Wade
Richmond, Va Police

February 9, 2004

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Litz. His sacrifice will not be forgotten.

P/O D. Schneider
Avon Park Police, Florida

February 9, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 9, 2004

From all of us here at the West Palm Beach, VA Police Dept. extend our prayers to the family and friends of Deputy Litz. God bless you all.

PO Sergio Montesino Sr.
Veterans Affairs Police Dept., Florida

February 9, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers our with the family of Officer Litz. His memory will never be forgotten.


Festus Missouri P.D.

February 9, 2004

Brian:
Ten years ago, it seems only like yesterday, you and I started the academy at CFCC class 103, we were the only two guys in the class from Massachusetts, you coming from Springfield and me from Boston. There was you, Dana Manfredo and me in the same row in class from January to August, you and I competed with eachother throughout the class, we were friends, study partners, shooting partners, we laughed at some of the things that went on in class, we were a tenth of a point away from each other in grades, and you gave me good natured grief because you scored higher on the first responder exam, especially since I was a paramedic. You finished first in the class and won the KC Alvarez Award, and I was notified that I was being hired by OPD, you and Karen Combs came to my Swearing In at OPD headquarters a few weeks after we finished class, I am sitting here looking at a picture of you and I from that day, me in my OPD Dress Uniform and you in a suit, that Karen took with your camera, it 's like it was yesterday. So much happened in the time that followed, you got on the MCSO as bailiff (then later went to the road,) and I would see you in court, as I was there a lot for cases, I got involved in Ocala politics as you well knew, and had to get out of that town. I moved to South Florida worked for awhile there and then went back to Massachusetts, became a Chief and now I am just about done with law school, I lost touch and track with you, and ohh Christ, now I wished that I didn't, I'm so sorry for that, my prayers are for Cherie and your son, and for your brothers at MCSO. Brian you were the most stand-up guy I met in Ocala and Marion County, you did what was right Bro, and God has a speical place in Heaven for you, and I'm so sorry I lost track with you, I know your in a better place.....I'm so sad and sorry.....
God Bless You Brian
Rest in Peace
PM

PTM
Boston Mass

February 9, 2004

To my co-worker and friend,

Brian Litz, it was an honor and a priviledge to be one of your dispatchers for so many years. You make all of us want to strive harder to be the best we can be in our profession. Thank you for touching so many lives and the impact you have had on so many of us. Your voice will be missed over our air-waves, and your presence out in the field will be missed by all of your comrades. To Cherie and Lil' Bri, our hearts go out to you. We love you and are here for you both.

Cpl. Angela Rawls
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 8, 2004

Police Officers are part of a brotherhood that others will never know. Take care Deputy Litz, we've got the watch from here!

Ofc. Culver, RJ
Holly Hill Police Department
Volusia County, FL

Ofc. Culver, RJ
Holly HIll Police Department

February 8, 2004

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