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

our thoughts and prayers are with the friends,families and coworkers of deputy burgert. you lost 2 heros today who i know you will truly miss, but have faith in the rest of us for capturing those who are responsible. may you all grow stronger every day and know that they are now keeping watch over you from a safer place. "be strong and believe".

ptl brian cross
olean ny police dept

April 1, 2004



April 1, 2004

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 Christopher Burgert's family, friends, and co-workers with the Bradford County Sheriff's Department.

As a native of Pennsylvania, I carry an extra heavy heart for you. God bless our brother in blue. Now you can walk Heaven's beat.

Officer Johns
Georgia Perimeter College Police Department

April 1, 2004

Take care gentlemen and we'll hold it down from here. We will bring you justice. Rest in peace.

State Trooper

April 1, 2004

To the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Burgert, my heart goes out to all of you. You will all be in my thoughts during this tragic time.

Andrea Arrington
Sister of Detroit Police Officer Scott Stewart
EOW 8/11/02

April 1, 2004

My heartfelt prayers are with the families of both of the officers , their friends and their dept. during this time of great loss that cannot be put into words.

In Memory Of Brian Litz
FF/PM Florida

April 1, 2004

Rest in peace Brother Christopher, you are a true hero and will never be forgotten.

Son of G. Truman Wortham EOW 7/15/73


April 1, 2004

We are deeply saddened by the brutal murder of our brother officers. Our deepest sympathies to the families of Deputy Chris Burgert and Deputy Mike Van Kuren and to all of their fellow Deputies in the Bradford County Sheriff's Office. We will pray for the survivors of the families. AC

Pennsylvania State Police - Troop M

April 1, 2004

To the family, friends, & co-workers of Deputy Christopher M. Burgert my family wishes to send our deepest heartfely sympathy to all of you. We know the pain you're suffering as we lost a loved one last month. May God bless all of you & watch over you.

Gail M Pabst
aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig

April 1, 2004

God bless you.Rest in peace brother.

Texas Peace Officer
University of Houston Downtown Law Enforcement Academy class 89

April 1, 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.

Today, April 1, 2004 we dedicated the shift to the memory of Deputy Christopher M. Burgert and Deputy Michael Van Kuren who died in the line of duty just yesterday.

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

Deputy Brugert's and Deputy Van Kuren's sacrifice will never be forgotten.

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

April 1, 2004

Rest easy brother, The watch is ours now.

Atlanta Police

April 1, 2004

I would like to extend my condolences to Deputy Burgert's family and friends, and to the men and women of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time of tragedy. Rest in peace Deputy Burgert, your duty here is done.

Deputy Sheriff
Butte County Sheriff's Office

April 1, 2004

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family, friends and co-workers.

Chief Deputy Dusty Rhoades
Williamson County TN Sheriff's Office

April 1, 2004

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

April 1, 2004

I have come to this site everyday since we lost my nephew, Officer John Logan, March 14th. He was also shot and killed by a coward. It breaks my heart and makes me angry to see another HERO lost. May GOD bless the family and friends of Officer Burgert. Rest in peace, Sir.
Shirley Roberts-Aunt of Officer John Logan E.O.W.- March 14, 2004

Shirley Roberts-Oakdale, La.

April 1, 2004

To Deputy Sheriff Burgert, rest in peace blue angel. To the family and friends, my deepest condolences. May God bless you all with peace, mercy and grace to help you deal with your great loss.

"Well done, good and faithful servant!... Come and share your master's happiness." MATTHEW 25:21

Rosa Waters
Mother of Michael Waters
EOW: September 11, 2003

April 1, 2004

Rest in peace my fellow brother, Time to walk a beat on the streets heaven. To the family, friends and fellow co-workers God bless you all through these most sorrow of times, though he has passed on remember he is only a gaze away in the streets of heaven

See You Soon Brother
Det. D. Murphy
Fugitive Warrants Unit

Det. Dillon Murphy
Martin Co. SO

April 1, 2004

The men and women of the Illinois State Police extend our condolences to the family of Deputy Burgert and the Bradfors County Sheriff's Department.

Illinois State Police

April 1, 2004

".....From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remember'd;
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne'er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:......"
- William Shakespeare, Henry V


April 1, 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.


Senior Instructor
Federal Law Enforcement Training Center

April 1, 2004

Our sincere condolences go out to the family of Deputy Burgert and to all the personnel of the Bradford County Sheriff's Department who worked with him.

While it is no consolation for your loss, remember that we, and many others in this country, appreciate the sacrifice that he made in his effort to ensure the safety of the public.

God bless.

Southwest Central Dispatch
Palos Heights, IL

April 1, 2004

My heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Deputy Burgert.

While I did have the privilege to have known him personally, I am certain that he has found a place in heaven. Rest in peace my friend; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.


April 1, 2004

May you rest in peace my fellow brother. I send my most heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Deputy Sheriff Christopher M. Burgert

Somebody Didn't Make It Home ©

Under cover of night, They're paid to fight
For what is good, and wrong and right.
Somebody didn't make it home today.

They leave their families, and their wives
Kiss the kids, and risk their lives
Somebody didn't make it home today,

They work each day, out on their own
But as of tonight, a new star has shone
Somebody did'nt make it home today.

So with your family, shed a tear
Hold them close, it's what we fear
Somebody did'nt make it home today.

-Richard Frawley 1999-Milford PD,CT

Future Law Enforcement Officer
Clinton County, Michigan


April 1, 2004

Five hundred years before Christ was born lived a man named Heraclitus. Heraclitus was a General, and in the business of training warriors. He had this much to say about that business...
“Of every one hundred men they send me, eighty of them are nothing but targets. Ten of them shouldn’t even be here. Of the ten that are left, nine are real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they the battle make. Ah, but one, one is a warrior, and I must find him, for he will bring the others back, and he the battle wins.”

Rest in peace warriors, we who remain will continue the fight and honor your sacrifice. You and your family will be in our hearts and prayers. We will never forget...

Undercover Narcotics Officer
South Bend M.S.O.S.

April 1, 2004

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