Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Christopher Michael Burgert

Bradford County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Wednesday, March 31, 2004

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Christopher Michael Burgert

I just wanted to let you know you are not forgotten brother. You helped to push me, to succeed, during our training in the Academy. I still look at you every day in our Academy photo. You were someone I could look eye to eye with, not just literally, but as a friend. I won't forget you, and I'll keep praying for your family. I hope your son will read these one day, and know what a great man you were. Tell Lt. Toner I said hello, until we meet again brother, Godspeed.

Officer Jeff Kriner
Penn College Police Dept.

May 21, 2015

A true Hero is honored today. RIP knowing that you will never be forgotten and your family will be looked after by your brothers.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

March 31, 2012

There is a picture in our office of Christian wearing his father's Bradford County Sheriff's Office uniform shirt and hat. Christian has a bright, proud smile on his face as he wears the uniform with such pride in his father.
I look at that picture often and see my own children in that image. It helps me to remember to be ever vigilant in my responsibility to my fellow officers and to my family as well as to those whom we serve.
We miss Chris so much as both a fellow officer and even more as a friend. Few shifts go by where he is not thought of and remembered fondly.
Christian can grow up knowing that his father truly was a hero. I am thankful for the opportunity to have known Chris as a brother-officer and friend. He will never be forgotten!
God Bless you Kim and Christian. I pray often that God may comfort you and your family everyday for the loss of a great man.

Patrolman
Sayre Police Department

March 14, 2012

There is not one day that goes by that a thought of you overcomes me even after all these years. They say time heals all wounds but they are wrong. Time continues on and you must move with it or be consumed with the pain of the past. The wounds are still there. Chris is still in my heart.

Thomas Muller
Brother of Chris

December 15, 2011

When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down, but even in death the righteous have a refuge - Proverbs 14:32.

You are not forgotten. My heart goes out to your son.

RIP brother.

Constable Amanda Pandolfi #1249
York Regional Police, Ontario Canada

March 31, 2011

hi, it's been a while just thought i'd
say hi, just seeing how your doing, or even how offten you
read this, kimmy just writting to say hi too you ,your son
and the boy's a the sheriff department, stay out of trouble
love ya talk later.i was just thinking of mike and chris,
i know what it's like not to have a dad, so be good to your mom mister magoo lol. later

randi hade
friend

July 16, 2010

Another year has passed and you are still admired and respectfully remembered in the hearts and minds of so many. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones and friends on this anniversary of your EOW. You will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

March 31, 2010

Sheriff Christopher Burgert, you are remembered today and everyday. I thank you brother for your service. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, the pain of the loss will never be forgotten. God Bless you and your family.

Detective M. Marks
Pittsburgh Police Department

February 3, 2010

I cannot believe how long the law enforcement community has been without you and your dedication. Since you were taken from us, another friend, Sgt. Michael Weigand Jr, was killed, but I am sure that you two have met. I know that the both of you are keeping us all safe while we are protecting the streets.
Chris, it truly was an honor to have known you, and remember HEROES LIVE FOREVER

S/A Denise Yost
CSX RR PD

January 29, 2010

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. Continue to watch over all of them and protect them. You are a true hero and have not been forgotten.

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

March 31, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 5th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 31, 2009

Thinking of your loved ones today and everyday. I know the daily struggles they face without you and the terrible pain within their hearts. God, wrap your loving arms around them and help them with their grief and let them feel your presence.
Your sacrifice has not been forgotten.

Brenda Lucas
Mother of Chief Anthony D. Lucas, EOW 2-4-2005

March 31, 2009

April 26th is approaching; as The Run to Remember gets closer, I think of you and your family. I never knew you but now think of you often. Our hearts will always remember your sacrifice and the grief your family lives every day.

The Sperr Family

March 5, 2009

I had the distinct honor of serving with Chris in the 174th Security Forces Squadron of the New York Air National Guard at Hancock Field, in Syracuse, NY. I met him shortly after he first joined the unit, because I had to do his firearms qualifications.
After the attacks on September 11, 2001, we were both recalled to active duty. In 2002, I was assigned to a position as flight chief on the midnight shift, and Chris was on my squad for a good while.
We spent a lot of boring nights out on the flightline together, talking for endless hours. We were vigilant, and we did our jobs, but we had a lot of "quality time" together. I am grateful for the time we spent together on all those nights, because prior to being recalled to active duty, we really only knew each other as weekend warriors.
I really liked Chris, not just because he was a likeable guy, but because he was really a good person. We would talk about our law enforcement careers, the details of our respective jobs, and our families.
Chris was a proud man. Not the kind of pride that comes from arrogance or self-importance; he was proud of his family, proud of his upbringing, proud of his job, but more than anything, he was so proud of his family. I know it must be common to say good things about people you have known, after they are gone. But it has been four and a half years now, and my respect for Chris has never diminished, and I still vividly remember what a great man he really was.
What impressed me most about Chris were two things; the first, his dedication to his profession, and the second and most important, his love for his wife and family. Like Chris, I am a devoted family man, and I love my wife. Attending his funeral was one of the most difficult things I ever dealt with, even though I have been to many other police funerals in my career. What was difficult for me was the realization that he was lost to his family forever, and when I saw his beautiful wife and later spoke to her briefly, I understood how much the tragedy of his loss was compounded by the tragedy of HER loss.
Since Chris left us, I was promoted numerous times, and now serve as the Chief of police services for a large department in Maryland. I never fail to tell my wife, at every opportunity, that I love her. I never fail to kiss her goodbye, because if I should fall in the line of duty, I wouldn't want her to regret not having that last kiss. I carry the memory of Chris to work with me every day. He is my constant reminder of the dangers of this profession.
He may be gone, but he will not be forgotten. God speed, Chris.

Major Charles F. Ruggiero Jr.
Aberdeen Proving Ground Police Dept, MD

December 29, 2008

You are not forgotten.RIP.

Anonymous

October 7, 2008

just checking in to see how everyone is doing,its been a while since the last time i was on here. kimmy ,i wrote
a song about mike and chris ,to you it ment be a storie
but either way it say's pretty much what we all felt, i hope you like it. if you want it ken has it on his desk.
i'm sure he'll give you a copy.I wish you and cristin
the best.
your friend always

RANDI Hade
just a friend

September 18, 2008

Although I never got a chance to know Chris, I feel very blessed to have gotten to know his wonderful wife and beautiful son. I am a volunteer with Correctional Peace Officer's Foundation and this is how I met his wife. We met at his memorial service in Portland Oregon. From the first instant we were best friends. She shared her story about her husband right down to how they fell in love. It makes me sick that some scum took this great guy away from such a beautiful family. He will ALWAYS be a hero in our eyes as well as his beautiful Kimmy and precious son Christian. They will always have family but he will always be EVER protecting his love one's from above.

EVERYBODY! Always remember when sending our braves out into the world tell them you love them EVERYDAY NO MATTER WHAT!

Kimmy....You are a such a wonderful and positive roll model in Christians life. We love you and always think of you. Until Colorado.........The Webers :)

Tiffany Weber
Correctional Peace Officer Volunteer and friend of Kimmy and Christian

July 5, 2008

this is in the memory of mike and chris

"If you wonder why were differnt"

I drop to my knee's when i heard two officer's were down. i asked if she know who they were and she said she didnt know, i told her to call me when she found out, she called back and told me it was the sheriff department, i got off the phone and cryed like a baby.

so if you wonder why we seem diffrent its because we lost our best freinds mike and chris
three years ago and nothing really has been the same anymore
or even fells the same. we always thought nothing like this could happen in a small county like this. i juse we were wrong.
yours tuely
randi

randi
just some who cares

July 3, 2008

Thankyou for your service and sacrifice, you are a true hero for us all to look up too. GOD bless your family.

POLICE OFFICER
PHILA PA

April 18, 2008

hey chris just wanted to say we miss u alot.wish u was here.but i know u are up there watching over us.just keep smiling and watch over your family.i know its avery hard day for them.god bless u chris we miss u alot.afriend from troy denise

March 31, 2008

Sometimes things just don't make sense and all the
questions in the world just don't have answers. This is
just so sad for all involved and my heart goes out to you
on this 4th EOW anniversary.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

March 31, 2008

My thoughts are with your loved ones on this 4th anniversary of you being called away from duty. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol. I know those that love you think of you every hour of every day and keep your memory alive in their heavy hearts. You are a true hero and heroes never die.

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

March 30, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE AND DEDICATION TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESION YOU CHOSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 28, 2008

hey chris sorry i have not said hi in awhile.been nuts herecant beleave next month will be four years,still hard tobeleave.everyone say its going be easy but its not.but i know u are up there watching over everyone keeping on smiling.thats how i rembmer u is that big smile keep awatch over your family wife and son.we all miss u chris.god bless u chris afriend from troy pa denise

February 13, 2008

"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

January 15, 2008

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