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

On behalf of the men and women who serve and work for the Georgia Perimeter College Police Department, our thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Brian Robert Litz's family, friends, and co-workers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

God bless. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

February 8, 2004

My friend who is a FF in TX sent this to me and I will be leaving it more often as a remebrance to our fallen Public Servants as my way of thanking you all for the things you do for complete strangers.

The The following short take describes what members of the EMS, Fire and Police Departments, doctors and nurses go through every week.

(author unknown)
I want to tell that little boy his Mom will be just fine,
I want to tell that dad we got his daughter out in time,
I want to tell that wife her husband will be home tonight,
I don't want to tell it like it is.....
I want to tell them lies.
You didn't put their seat belts on,
you feel you killed your kids,
I want to say you didn't... but in away, you did.
You pound your fist into my chest, you're hurting so inside,
I want to say you'll be okay....
I want to tell you lies.
You left chemicals within his reach and now it's in his eyes,
I want to say your son will see, not tell you he'll be blind.
You ask me if he'll be OK, with pleading in your eyes,
I want to say that yes he will....
I want to tell you lies.
I can see you're crying as your life goes up in smoke.
IF you'd maintained that smoke alarm, your children may have woke.
Don't grab my arm and ask me if your family is alive.
Don't make me tell you that they're dead....
I want to tell you lies.
I want to say she'll be okay, you didn't take her life,
I hear you say you love her and you'd never hurt your wife.
You thought you didn't drink to much, you thought
that you could drive.
I don't want to say how wrong you were,
I want to tell you lies.
You left her for a moment, it happens all the time.
How could she have fallen when you thought she couldn't climb?
I want to say her neck's not broke, that she will be just fine.
I don't want to say she's paralyzed.....
I want to tell you lies.
I want to tell this teen his buddies didn't die in vain,
Because he thought it would be cool to try and beat that train.
I don't want to tell him this will haunt him all his life,
I want to say that he'll forget,
I want to tell him lies.
You left the cabinet open and your daughter found the gun,
Now you want me to undo the damage that's been done.
You tell me she's your only child, you say she's only five.
I don't want to say she won't see six.....
I want to tell you lies.
He fell into the pool when you ran to get the phone,
It was only for a second that you left him there alone.
If you'd let the phone just ring perhaps your boy would be alive,
But I don't want to tell you that....
I want to tell you lies.
The fact that you were speeding caused that car to overturn,
And we couldn't get them out of there before the whole thing burned,
Did they suffer? Yes, they suffered, they were slowly burned alive.
But I don't want to say those words...
I want to tell you lies.
But I have to tell it like it is, until my shift is through,
And then the real lies begin, when I come home to you.
You ask me how my day was, and I say it was just fine.
I hope you understand, sometimes.....
I have to tell you lies.

Dedicated to all the Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT's, Paramedics, Emergency Flight Crews, Hospital Police, Security Officers and all Civil Servants who deal with the tragedies of life and death. The saddest of all being those that could have been prevented.

The next time you hear a siren in the distance, don't just say a prayer for the victims and their families. Say a prayer for the people that face these tragedies every day and do the best they can to save someone that is loved.

We never see the tears of these brave men and women, but God does.

Say a prayer for each and everyone who is out helping to make a difference in the darkness of the shadow that has surrounded us. Support them and let them know you care.

Tonya Stephenson
Private Citizen, PA

February 8, 2004

To the family of Deputy Litz:

I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I pray that God gives you comfort and strength in the weeks and months ahead.

I know the loss you are feeling and that there are no words that will make this pain any less. My dad, Ptl. William B. Bell, was killed in the line of duty on 11-19-02. You will find that this law enforcement family is like no other. You will receive such love and support, and it will help carry you through this.

When my dad died, the love and support from my dad's co-workers and friends and from our community was overwhelming. I never realized how much the LIFE of my father affected so many more people than his death did. It was truly beautiful to see that his life and his service did not go unappreciated or unnoticed. And you'll find that Dep. Litz has made a similar impact on the lives of SO many people. The love that you shared with him and the service he gave to his community will be of great comfort and pride.

Again, I am sorry for your loss.

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell
EOW 11-19-02

Valarie Bell Wright
Daughter of Ptl. William B. Bell, EOW 11-19-02

February 8, 2004

my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this terrible time. Thank you for the sacrifice you made. You will never be forgotten. You sir, are a hero. Thank you.

St Louis Mo

February 8, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Litz's family and the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Our deepest sympathy in this time of great loss.

God bless you all.


February 8, 2004

You lost your life trying to help someone. But as stated by your other reflections, you would probably do the same thing over again because you are a true hero and professional.
Thank you brother Brian.
"In Valor there is Hope"

Sgt. Mike Edes
Maine State Police

February 8, 2004

Rest in peace, brother.

A Deputy Sheriff
Oakland County Sheriff's Office, Pontiac, Michigan

February 7, 2004

I am very saddened to learn of this newest brother officer who gave his life for his community and Country. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends, and your co-workers. You are a brave officer who fought the good fight and did not back down when evil came to you on this day. Fear not brother, we will continue the fight you started here on Earth. "Go walk a beat on Heaven's streets. You served your time in Hell." God Speed Brother!

Officer R.S. (Trey) Phillips
Fort Worth Police Department

February 7, 2004

Rest in peace, my brother.

Deputy Pattie Nagel
Cook County IL Sheriff's

February 7, 2004

To the family, friends, and fellow members of the Marion County Sheriff's Office with Deputy Brian Litz, please accept from myself and the members of the Polk County Sheriff's Office to your south our very heartfelt sympathies, support, and prayers during this terrible time of pain and senseless loss. It is left for us to live good and productive lives so that we may see Brian again when our journey is done. May God bless you all!

Deputy Sheriff
POLK County Sheriff's Office, Florida

February 7, 2004

I very sorry for your loss. The family and department are in my thoughts and prayers.

P.O. Kowalik
Harper Woods MI

February 7, 2004

I will always remember Brian as a Professional member of our organization. I first met him while working as a Bailiff and had many personal discussions with him during the many hours we worked together. I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Cheri, and his son, Brian...You will always be a part of our family the Marion County Sheriff's Office forever. We will never forget Brian.

Sgt. Ron Burnett
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2004

I had the wonderful opportunity to know Deputy Litz and he was everything that law enforcement stands for. He loved his family and his friends. He will never be forgotten. In loving memory of K3483.

Aaron Sirolli

February 7, 2004

Our heartfelt prayers go out to the wife, young son, family , friends and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Brian Litz. What a tragedy that we have lost another fine officer in the line of duty. He truly was a hero and will never be forgotten. May God Bless you and give you strength, through this most difficult time. You will be in our prayers.


Lyndell & Elizabeth Taylor
Parents of
Morris Lyn Taylor
Deputy Sheriff (Douglas County, Oregon)
EOW 9-14-02

February 7, 2004



February 7, 2004

Brian (Scooby),
We will miss you everyday.


To his wife and son,

From one cousin to another;

You are in our prayers, our thoughts and our hearts. Brian was a great Deputy, Husband and Father. He will be miss by many people.

Detective Juan Estrada
Springfield, MA Police Dept.

February 7, 2004

well America lost another hero today, Brian was a true hero, he died doing what he loved the most, helping the citizens out
brian go rest in peace brother, your work here is done, go patrol the streets of heaven. to the friends and family I will be praying that you find confort in the lord.

Sgt. W. M. Riley
Aragon Police Dept. GA

February 7, 2004

You were truly one of the best deputies our agency has had. It was a pleasure to have served with you. Gone but never forgotten!!
Rest in peace brother.

Dep. Eric Thoresen
Marion County Sheriffs Office

February 7, 2004

Day is done,
gone the sun.
From the hills,
from the lake,
From the skies.
All is well,
safely rest,
God is nigh.

Godspeed to you and your family


February 7, 2004

At the beginning of every shift I supervise, myself and the other officers on shift dedicate the day to the memory of a fallen officer.

Tonight, February 7, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz who died in the line of duty just a few hours ago.

When one law enforcement officer falls, we all stumble for a while, but we will carry on.

Deputy Litz' sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Paul Bissonnette
Royal Canadian Mounted Police - Surrey, BC

February 7, 2004

May G-d look over your loved ones and bring strength to your fellow officers.

Revenue Officer
U.S. Treasury-IRS

February 7, 2004

There are but two persons who protect the sinful human race from destroying itself. One is God's Holy Spirit. The other is the Peace Officer. Without them, we would all perish at each other's hands.

You were called into this profession and our Lord and Savior has blessed you because:
According to Romans 13.1-5...
God ordains the Peace Officer’s profession.
The Peace Officer is sent by God.
The Peace Officer is vested with God's authority to enforce the law.
A Peace Officer's badge is to be honored by us, because it is honored by God.

You gave the ultimate sacrifice, your life for your fellow man, while serving, defending, and protecting others in your community.

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz and the Marion County Sheriff's Office, your extended family of Law Enforcement Officers grieves with you during this time. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

To all my brothers and sisters, please remember the fallen officers we have lost. Remember the men and women who died trying to make this world a safer and better place for us all to live in. Please pray for this officer's family and friends as they struggle with this tragedy.
May God be with you every day, please remember, we are a part of the largest family in the world and when one hurts we all hurt.

Though our badges and uniforms may be different, our mission is the same. Rest in peace with our other fallen Brothers and Sisters. We will continue the fight in your honor.

Florida Deputy Sheriff

February 7, 2004

My GOD bless the family of Deputy Sheriff Brian Robert Litz.

The Men and Women of the Amtrak Police Department extends our deepest sympathy to the Marion County Sheriff's Office and to the Family of Deputy Litz.

GOD bless!!!

Criminal Investigator
Amtrak Police Department NY & NJ Division

February 7, 2004

When God Made Deputy Sheriffs

When the Lord was creating Deputy Sheriffs, 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 requirements on this
order? A Sheriff’s Deputy 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 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 they ask, 'May I see what's in there, sir?'" (when they already know and wish they'd taken that accounting job) "Another pair here in the side of their head for their partner's safety, and another pair of eyes here in front so they 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 on this 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 a civil service paycheck."

The angel circled the model of the Deputy Sheriff very slowly. "Can it think?" she asked.

"You bet," said the Lord, "it can tell you the elements of a hundred crimes, recite Miranda warnings in its sleep, detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on the street in less time than it takes five learned judges to debate the legality of the stop . . . and still it keeps its sense of humor. This Deputy 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 Deputy Sheriff. "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, for justice."

"You're a genius," said the angel.

The Lord looked somber. "I didn't put it there," He said.


February 7, 2004

Deputy Litz was a good friend and one of the best law enforcement officers I've known. He was also one of my training officers. I'll never forget what I learned from him, and we'll all never forget Deputy Litz. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family....We can't believe he's gone........

Master Deputy Sirolli
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2004

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