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

Dear Bri #23,

We're getting ready to go to your Anniversdary Mass @ Saint Johns. It's been a long 5 years & it does not get easier. Yes, here I go sucking for air. Again the tears are pouring down my face. Going to need a make-up redo.

We love reading your reflections. And writing them is so emotional. You must of been so proud of Brian's readings at Our Lady of Peace this morning. You know we were there in spirit. Just as you are always with us with your #23. Donna being buried on the 23rd of last month. Last night at Dean College Sara performed a solo. Yes, it was the 23rd Annual Dance Showcase. It goes on & on, it's so comforting. Somehow you know that.
Scott & Cindy are having another boy in May. We'll have 3 Grandsons. That will keep us buzy. Jack wanted to name the baby Jill (if it was a girl). "Ya know Jack & Jill went up the hill, Grandma?) Or just Jack for a boy. "Well Lil Brian's Dads name is Brian! So why can't we have 2 Jacks??" Try explaining that to a 4 year old. When his father's name is Scott. LOL"S
Gotta go get ready. Keep watching over all of your friends, family & LEO's.

Until then, we'll be loving you again!
Mom (Dad too!)

Nancy Litz

February 7, 2009

Scoob, it's been extremely hard to concentrate at work today because my thoughts keep drifting back to you. It hurts as much today as it did 5 years ago. I miss your voice over the radio and yet smile to myself when I can still remember vividly how it sounded. Thank you for making such a huge impact on all of us. You will never be forgotten. Please continue to protect us with your mighty wings from above. Love and miss you dearly.

Sgt. Angela Rawls
Marion County Sheriff's Office

February 7, 2009

To Deputy Brian Litz and his loved ones:

On this the fourth anniversary of your tragic death, please know that your memory is honored and revered today.

My heart is with your wife, son, mother and father, and other family members who call you beloved. I am especially touched by your mother's loving reflections for you as I too am the mother of a son who is forever in my heart. They are all in my thoughts and prayers today.

Brian, I know that you rescued us, saved our lives and our families. You are one of the rare heroes among us. You were always there for us in the most traumatic moments of our lives. No matter when we called, we just expected that you would come and do whatever it took to help us, and you always met our expectations. Your selflessness and dedication are awe-inspiring.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Brian. I am so humbled by your valor and courage.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Brian gave to his community and the citizens of Florida, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 7, 2004.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 7, 2009

I just wanted to stop by today and let you and your family know that we are thinking about them and you. Five years is a long time, and I wanted them to know that you will not be forgotten, I have my blue candles that shine in Fort Walton Beach for all L.E.O.'s.
Deputy Litz watch over your family and let them know you are close, and look Clint up for me let him know we sure miss him...

Connie Barker F.W.B. Fl
Mother of Clint Walker Prattville P.D. E.O.W. 1-14-04

February 6, 2009

I keep looking at the calendar, wondering if my math skills are working, because it can't possibly be five years. Still seems like both yesterday and forever ago.

The Florida Police Benevolent Association (PBA) is having a Fallen Officer Memorial Service on March 9th in Tallahassee. They've asked for memorabilia for a time capsule. I hate to part with it, but I'm sending one of your trading cards to be included.

I forgot that your personal message was on the back of the trading card. "What we do today shall echo in eternity." You touched lives and your message still carries on.

Just a favor to ask, Bri...keep watch, please, over my boys. They're fearless crime fighters (just like you always were)and I'd sure appreciate you being their guardian angel.

To Brian's mom....I read your messages to your son from time to time. You're in my prayers and have a special place in my heart (two sons and my husband are LEO's as well)...God Bless you all...

Sr. Ofc. Beckie Sirolli
Leesburg Police Dept.

February 5, 2009

Hi, I just wanted to let you know that I still have your picture on the wall with our class. I taught another group of students last night on how to work with Deaf indivduals. I just wanted to drop a quick note so you and your wonderful family would know that I think of you often although I have relocated. Zoe sends you a kiss. She is such a wonderful dog. Thank you for making this world a better place. You are truly missed!!!!!!!!!Jen/Zoe

Jennifer Tozzo Fire Medic MA
Instructor

January 15, 2009

Dear Brian,

Another year has come and gone but our love for you has grown. We miss you more than ever. Forget that closure thing. Your son has turned into a fine young man, just like you were. Your mother and I are doing fine. Scott and Cindy are having another boy and Jack is very happy. My son as you see life goes on but our love for you and your spirit never waves. We will continue to miss and love you until we meet in heaven. We will do our best without you here and we will always keep you in our hearts and minds.

Love Dad

Ray Litz
Dad

January 1, 2009

Hi Brian!

I was just sitting here and you popped into my mind! I can't believe you have been gone 4 years. It doesn't feel that long. It really seems only like you were here yesterday. I am now happily married. Can you believe it?? It amazes me how much things change around us. It really is inevitable. You were such a good friend and I miss chatting with you. I hope that Cherie and Lil' Bri are doing well. I saw them at the Law Enforcement Dinner this past May and I almost didn't recognize Lil' Bri. He has grown so much! He looks so much like you! And Justice! Well he is just as sweet as he always was and a little pudgier too! ;) You will never know how much you made an impression on myself and others. I hope that you stay watch over our guys out on the road. I see lots of "newbies" out there and wish they had gotten a chance to meet a great deputy and person like you.

God Bless,
Jaime

Jaime
Marion County Sheriff's Office

October 13, 2008

Good Morning, Just wanted say my family and I still think
Of you often and will continue to keep you and your family
in our the thoughts and prayers. Well sir take care and we'll continue the watch, until we reunite some day.

Mrs.Litz and family,My Wife and I think of you and lil Brian
Often, thanks for letting my daughter pet justice at the
Appreciation dinner she thinks of "justice", and she still
remembers when Deputy Litz first showed her justice at the
Grocery Store when she was younger. God Bless All.

MarkMiller
Ocala Police /City Watch Officer

August 11, 2008

Rest In Peace Brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you family.

Patrol Officer Kent Hair
McLeanPolice Dept., McLean Illinois

June 5, 2008

Dear Bri #23

Sunshine always seemed to follow you everywhere. Your warm smile & personality made you special. It was contagious. Your a great example of an incredible son, brother, husband, father & friend. Extraordinary & amazing at that! Not a day goes by that your not on out minds & in our heart.
May you have a Blessed Birthday!!!

Love Ya!
Mom


Motherr

May 18, 2008

Dear Son,

I have just got back from New York Yankee spring training in Tampa Fl. Little Brian and I went to two games and had so much fun. Your son is like you.He has many questions and they are all good. He is turning out to be a great little guy. You would be very proud of him. He is going to be in the Yankee dugout on March 17 in a game against the boston red soxs. The new Manager Joe Girardi called and asked this mom if it would be alright. She was overjoyed and so was little Brian. So when you are looking down on them Monday the 17th. I am sure you will be smiling. Just wanted to get you up to speed and let you know that we love and miss you so much. Brian we are doing our best to stay positive and go on with our lifes, it is so very hard at times but we always fall back on your great example of staying positive. That is it for now my son. God Bless and I love and miss you very much.
Love Dad

Ray Litz
Dad

March 11, 2008

It's been four years now. It seems like just the other day we were having lunch at ryans in ocala with darius, jimmy, and my mom. Everyone is always thinking about you. Each time someone comes up to me and asks about my "Batman" license plate, I have the honor of telling them your story. The sayig is true brother; Gone but not forgotten.

Aaron

Officer Aaron Sirolli
Leesburg Police Department

February 8, 2008

Henry County Police Dept., GA, Evening Watch North, rode in your memory today. God speed brother, Gone but never forgotten.

Lt. Jeff Maddox
Henry County Police Dept.

February 7, 2008

I just wanted to let you family know that we are thinking about them and will keep them in our prayers. You are a hero and we will never forget the sacrifice you made today four years ago, or the sacrifice your family has had to endure without you.
Keep a watch over them, and keep sending little signs from Heaven, all of us Mom's likes to get them. Look Clint up for me tell him we sure miss him...

Connie Barker F.W.B. Fl.
Mother of Clint Walker Prattville Al. E.O.W. 1-14-04

February 7, 2008

Tomorrow will be four years...you are thought about often...and missed always.

Ofc. Beckie Sirolli
Leesburg P.D.

February 6, 2008

Dear Bri, #23

It is a special morning, as we are awaiting the arrival of Cherie & Brian. They were not due until tomarrow but, we are expecting Jumbo Snow Storm (Jacks words)late tonight. Reflecting back on the following poem, this line said it all. I sent you each a special gift, from my heavenly home
above. Our family & friends are blessed to have Cherie & your son with us this year. Scott & his friends built an ice skating ring it's got to be 70 feet long. Jack is going to teach Brian how to build a Snow Man & Ice Skate. He has a calendar with a count down of their visit. Today is the day!!
On Saturday the 22nd, The Agawam High Alumni will be having a Basketball game. A Yearly Scholarship is being established in your name. I know you will be there in spirit.

Love, Mom XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXXO

My Christmas In Heaven

I see the countless Christmas trees,
around the world below,
with tiny little tinkle lights,
Like heaven on the snow.

The sight is so spectacular,
please wipe away your tear,
For I am spending Christmas,
with Jesus Christ this year!!

I hear the many Christmas songs
that people hold so dear.
But the sounds of music can't compare
with the Christmas Choir up here.

I have no words to tell you,
the joy the voices bring,
For it's beyond description,
to hear the angels sing!

I know how much you miss me,
The pain inside your heart...
But I am not so far away,
for we really aren't apart.

So be happy for me dear ones,
You know I hold you dear,
be glad I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year!

I sent you each a special gift,
from my heavenly home above....
I sent you each a memory
of my true undying love.

After all, love is a gift
more precious than pure gold.
It was always most important
in the stories Jesus told.

Please love and keep each other,
as my Father said to do.
For I can't count His blessings
& His love for each of you.

So have a Merry Christmas
and wipe away that tear...
Remember I'm spending Christmas
with Jesus Christ this year!!!

written by a loved one in Heaven...


May God Bless You and Keep You Safe!


Mom

December 15, 2007

Mrs. Litz,

I noticed in the bio that Brian has a five-year-old child. I also have a five-year-old, and a wife who is going to give birth anyday now. My only fear as a Police Officer is leaving them behind. I cannot imagine your loss and the emptiness that your child must feel and I truly grieve for you. As the four-year anniversary of Brian's death approaches, I will keep you and your young family in my prayers. I was in attendance at Brian's funeral and I will never forget it.

Police Officer
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

November 24, 2007

Yesterday was the 23rd, you were remembered and spoke of often, as we do every day. We all had a good time celebrating and remembering that special day 9 years ago...like it was yesterday! Can't believe he's nine...we love you and miss you.
Vonnie

November 24, 2007

The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 3, 2007

Brian,
Happy Father's Day! We had little man and Cherie over for dinner last night. Brian's looks and actions are just like you, he's your little "mini-me"...
Thinking of you always....
Love, Vonnie

Vonnie Hart
forever friend

June 17, 2007

I came across your name somewhere in these many pages of heroes and thought I'd stop in and leave a reflection. I know the pain that your loved ones live with every single day and the questions they ask, "Why" and the "What If" that they think about as the silent tears fall. There are no magic words any of us can give one another except that we can only take one day at a time and keep the memory of our heores alive. I'd like to leave a poem for Brian:

Poem by Richard Fife:

No person is ever truly alone.
Those who live no more,
Whom We loved,
Echo still within our thoughts,
Our words, our hearts.
And what they did,
And who they were,
Becomes a part of all that we are,
Forever.

Bob Gordon
Father of Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

May 26, 2007

HEY BRIAN ,I JUST GOT BACK FROM WASHINGTON DC, IT WAS NATIONAL LAW ENFORCEMENT MEMORIAL WEEK AND THE PLACE WAS PACKED WITH OFFICERS AND FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF FALLEN OFFICERS. I SAW YOU NAME ON THE MEMORIAL WALL AND IT MADE ME THINK BACK TO THAT SAD DAY WHEN YOU DIED. I CAN'T BELIEVE IT HAS BEEN OVER THREE YEARS. I'LL SPEAK FOR THE ENTIRE DEPARTMENT WHEN I SAY WE MISS YOU. I THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU DID FOR OUR DEPARTMENT AND THIS COMMUNITY. I KNOW YOU ARE WATCHING ALL OF US AND KEEPING US SAFE. TALK TO YA LATER........SEE YA MAN

DETECTIVE THOMAS TINGUE #4370
MARION COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

May 19, 2007

Bri,#23

My dearest Brian, today you are forty. These are the hardest days for me, without you. Mother's Day, Police Week, your Birthday & Wedding Anniversary all this week. It hits like a tone of bricks. Living in Massachusetts & Cherie and Brian in Florida. Missing all that goes on in your memory, Lil Brian's Grandparents Day at school especially.
They did move the date for The Police Memorial Service to the old Acadamy in Agawam this week. Yes, to May 23rd. That #23 amazes me. Like when the Pilot announced our gate change to #23 as we were arriving in D.C. for Police Week. We should really write a book on that number, even the telephone pole in front of our house is #23. Go figure. I could go on forever. It's actually has a calming effect on me, it as if your spirt is here with us. It gives me a chuckle at times. Somehow, I thing you know that.

Have a Blessed Birthday & may it be as special as you are to our to us. Angel hugs & kisses.

Love, Mom

Nancy Litz

May 17, 2007

Dear Bri #23,

Looks like my 1st reflection that I left you did not even go through. Maybe it's just as well. It was much too long & mushy.

Just want to tell you that Mother's Day is all about Family. It has extra special meaning without you here. Your son picked out a Grandma Angel with him & Jack on my lap, so he told me. I thought the exact thing when I received it. Even Jack got excited, "Look Grandma! It's me & Lil Brian! I only wish that he could of been here. He did send a framed picture of himself posing on the beach. There's no denying he's yours. Cherie called yesterday & again today. I got to talk to Brian he sounds so grown up. He won an honor award at school this week. How proud you must be! Just like his Dad.

Actually the morning was just OK. The afternoon turned out busy, leaving no time too feel sorry for myself. We had dinner with Cindy, Scott & Jack. Ben & Derek stopped over, they're support means so much. There both exceptional young men. Their Mother Grace is also Amazing! No pun intended. We are blessed to have so many awesome friends & family.

Love Ya Always.
Mom

Nancy Litz
Mom Deputy Brian Litz E.O.W. 2-7-2004

May 13, 2007

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