Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Master Deputy J. Alex Burdette

Anderson County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, March 12, 2005

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Reflections for Master Deputy J. Alex Burdette

Upon the markers of their graves
Our heroes etched in names we save
For all the life they gave with pride
To keep the peace within life's stride

To honor serve and do their best
To keep us safe through any quest
They gave up what was theirs to share
Their spirits shall be always near

No fear within the hearts and minds
To keep us safe within our times
The glory that is ours to see
Those special hearts of bravery

They have walked where no man dare
Their lives in danger with no care
For they have given all they could
For their courage we have stood

In awe of every one who gave
His life for others who they saved
So we will know their contribution
Their firm resolve and resolution

For those they left with hearts so broken
In every whispered word that's spoken
We bow our heads in confirmation
In every word life's revelation

Those who stand within their shoes
Will follow courage as they choose
And give to all the best they had
They carry on with spirits glad

We will know that they walked through
With colors bright and hearts so true
No Island stands alone they say
For heroes they are born this way

Protecting those with loyalty
A glimpse of so much royalty
Within the years of courage bound
These officers have earned their crown

Upon the earth we shall remember
The special goals and all their thunder
That proves a hero came our way
Who left their hearts on earth to stay.

~ Francine Pucillo ~
(c)Copyright November 16, 2004

E.O.W. 10/10/04


March 19, 2005

What a tragedy, indeed. Rest in Peace. The FBI Agents Association salutes your service.

Special Agent Darin L. Paul

March 19, 2005

My fiancé, Dennis McElderry, was the first law enforcement casualty of 2003. Dennis was a Deputy Sheriff with the Davis County Sheriff's Office in southeast Iowa. Dennis died doing a job he loved, just as I'm sure Alex did. It saddens me to know that Dennis was not the first to die in the line of duty, nor will he and Alex be the last to die this way.

Having gone through the pain of losing Dennis I can truly understand and feel the pain that Deputy Burdette's family, friends, and co-workers must be feeling. My heart goes out to you all, especially to his wife. No one can truly understand the pain of our loss until they've walked in our shoes. I wish I could give you a few words of wisdom to help you through this tough time, but there isn't anything I can really say or do to make the situation better. Just know that my thoughts are with you.

Please accept my condolences on behalf of the McElderry family and remember that Alex is part of huge law enforcement family. If you ever need anything any number of them will be there for you (as I've quickly found out!) From reading the many reflections posted here, I am certain Alex was well respected and well loved. You were blessed to have had him in your life, even for a short time.

Thank you Deputy Burdette for a job well done and for helping to make this world a safer place for us all. Please say "hello" to my fiancé Dennis for me.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancée of Deputy Sheriff Dennis Ray McElderry - EOW (01/03/03)

March 18, 2005

Rest in peace sir.

Captain Robert W. Cannon; Retired
Vermilion County Illinois Sheriff's Department

March 18, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Burdette.

Douglas County Sheriff's Office Douglasville, Ga.

March 18, 2005

It amazes me to read these memorial pages and see how many Officers are going above and beyond to protect us and are taken from us. My boyfriend was one of them. He recently passed away on my birthday this year in a car accident going to a robery in Henry County Georgia. I will be praying for your family but please try to understand, as I will also, that The Lord needed them to patrol in a higher place. We will see them again one day and he will always be watching you. Take Care.

Rachel Andrews
Girlfriend of Fallen Officer Charles Haist 2-16-05

March 18, 2005



March 17, 2005

Thank you for serving and protecting, Sir. May GOD bless your family and friends at this terrible time. Rest in peace.

Shirley Roberts
Aunt of Fallen Officer John Logan EOW-March 14, 2004

March 17, 2005

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff James Alexander Burdette and also to our neighboring Anderson County. The Anderson County Sheriff's Office has been a great help in our times of need. When ever we have called they have been there. With deputies like Mr. Burdette, I can see why. I never got to meet you but from what I have heard you will truly be missed. Thank you for looking after the patrons of your county. Many people take Law Enforcement for granted sometimes, but if you take time to look at these pages, you will realize, your sacrifice will not be forgotton. May God bless you and your family.

Major Shayne Bennett
Elbert County Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2005

I’ll miss Alex greatly. He was a dedicated law enforcement officer, husband and father. The love he had for his wife and daughters was ever present. I know because his eyes shined brightly with pride when he spoke of them. The love he had for his chosen profession reflected in his appearance, attitude and performance. His untimely death left a tremendous void that can never be filled.

Alex was a professional, a deputy’s deputy. He was respectful, courteous, courageous, selfless and always strived for perfection. Our sheriff David Crenshaw, who took office three months ago, said that Alex “autographed his work with excellence.” This lone quote speaks volumes for Alex. It demonstrates that in only 66 short days, his labors stood out and were noticed by a man who commands a staff of 250.

Alex will always have a special place in our hearts. I consider it an honor to have worked alongside him. May God bless you Nicole, Kaylee and Karlee. I pray that He will give you comfort and understanding now and through the days to come.

Sgt. Garland J. Major, Jr.
Anderson County (SC) Sheriff's Office

March 17, 2005

Rest in peace my brother.

Police Officer
Burlington Township PD NJ

March 17, 2005

As a former Laurens County (SC) Sheriff's Deputy, this hits close to home. Alex it seems as if we crossed paths at the Academy in 2001...As I travel to and from GA on I-85, whenever I travel through Anderson to Laurens, I know that the ACSO has the watch now. Rest easy my brother, Tell Scott Quarles hello up there. We have the watch now.

Ofc. A.L. Sullivan
Snellville Police Department (GA)

March 17, 2005

May god watch over your family and friends during this difficult time. While all who knew you would trade anything to have you back, you are in a much better place and can watch over your loved ones from heaven above. God bless you and rest in peace.

Deputy Doug Sullivan
Fresno County Sheriff's Dept.

March 17, 2005

Mrs. Burdette,

For all the meals you kept waiting because he took a call 5 minutes before the end of his shift, for all the uniforms you washed and patches sewn on, for all the times you worked around his schedule, the nights you went to bed and mornings you woke up without him, for all the events you attended saying Alex is at work, for all the "good nights" and "I Love You" said to the girls over the phone, for the times you wanted him to be there and he couldn't, for all the support and love you gave ... Thank You, the day to day is never easy, but for an officer's wife it is a calling. Alex's sacrifices will never be forgotten, nor will yours.

Someone who knows
Anderson, SC

March 16, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Sheriff Burdette's wife, children, family, friends and co-workers. May God bless you. Psalm 55:22

Denise Nichols - surviving spouse
Alabama State Trooper Brian K. Nichols EOW 2/17/2002

March 16, 2005

Again we mourn as another hero is taken from us. My deepest sympathy to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Burdette. May the Lord give you strength and bless each of you during this time.

Rest in peace for your watch here is over; walk in heavens beat and guide us to protect and serve others safely.

US Ranger Catroppa
National Park Service Kennesaw GA

March 16, 2005

"Go rest high on that mountain, your work here on earth is done". You have served well, the watch is now ours.

May God comfort your family during this trying time!!

Police Officer M. Lamsma
Muskegon Police, MI

March 16, 2005

Rest in peace sir.

concerned citizen

March 16, 2005

As a former resident of SC, I look back with fond memories og "God's" country. I look with admiration on the people that have shaped my life. The Law Enforcment officers had some of the biggest impact. You were part of the greatest group I have ever known. Your actions speak volumes about you. You did not have to stop, but you did. You were a HERO because you cared and went the extra mile for "your" citizens. You will always be remembered as such. I will pray for you and your family.

Alex, Thank you for your service and dedication. God Speed Brother...

SGT Phil Abdoo
Macomb County Sheriff's Office (MI)

March 16, 2005


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

March 16, 2005

I did not get the opportunity to work with alex long but the short time i worked with him it didnt take long to see what a great officer he was and how much he loved his family. Alex we all miss you very much and GOD has defiantly got one of the best with him now. Rest In Peace

Dispatcher Chris Whitfield
Anderson County Sheriff's Offfice

March 16, 2005

I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the family, coworkers, and friends of Deputy Alexander. He has fought the good fight and has now gone to his reward. Many of our brothers and sisters are gone, but none are ever forgotten. May you rest in peace.

John 15:13
"Greater love has no man than this, than to lay down one's life for his brother."

Federal Law enforcement Agency

March 16, 2005

God Bless the family of Alex Burdette. He was a wonderful officer,husband,daddy,friend and co-worker.He will be deeply missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of sorrow.

Melissa Lockaby
Anderson County 9-1-1

March 15, 2005

Alex and I began work at the Sheriff's Office on the same day. He was my academy roommate and friend. From the very beginning, I knew he was a special individual. He was a consumate professional who put pride in everything he did. There will never be another like him.

Rest well, Brother. I will miss you.

Investigator James E. Johnson
Anderson County Sheriff's Office

March 15, 2005

Good Bye Comrade God Speed..

Scott Parker, Police Officer
Itasca Police Department, Texas

March 15, 2005

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