Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Gary Jonathan Buro

Chesterfield County Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 4, 2006

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Reflections for Police Officer Gary Jonathan Buro

Thinking of you today, God Bless.


January 18, 2007

A Salute to you Gary, remebered ALWAYS.

Police Officer
Chesterfield County Poilce Dept.

January 11, 2007

For all those that serve, especially Gary who made the ultimate sacrifice, Thank you.

Michael Lighthiser
Chesterfield Citizen

November 15, 2006

Dear Gary - It is your bravery and the bravery of your brothers and sisters in the police department that keep us safe. Saying a mere "thank you" for you ultimate sacrifice is simply not enough. My hope is that you are at peace and with your wife. Please watch over Joe Diman and give him strength.


November 11, 2006


I just learned of your death. I spent some time reading some of the reflections that have been left by others and I can see that you haven't changed since our time togeather in the Marine Corps. Some of my fondest memories are the great times we had in San Antonio. I especially remember crouching down in a cold and wet fighting hole, and just having the time of my life, because you were there with me. You will be missed.

Semper Fi

Sgt. Steven S. Ballinger
Wyoming, OH PD / USMC Roommate

November 10, 2006

What wound did ever heal but by degrees ?"
Othello, Act ii, Sc.3

You are in my thoughts today.


November 8, 2006

I just saw a photo of you, me and "Big Daddy" Scott Burke
yesterday outside Lantana P.D after a SWAT call. Those were
good times buddy. I think about you often. It was both an honor and privledge to have worked and socialized with you. You were truly a class act! LOVE YA BRUTHA
Danny K

Detective Danny Keszthelyi
Citrus County S.O / Former Lantana P.D. Brother

October 23, 2006

thanks for always being there. Semper Fi.


October 22, 2006



October 18, 2006

I regret that our earthly friendship was cut so short. I feel like I have known you forever. I know I was one of your field-training officers here in Chesterfield, but you really taught me more than I could have ever taught you. I miss your laid back attitude, and your sense of humor, Nothing ever seemed to bother you. Not a single day goes by that I don't think of you, and the sacrifice you made.
As it says in the policeman's prayer to St. Michael "And when we lay down our nightsticks, enroll us in your Heavenly Force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of men." Until we meet again Gary, and you can Filed Train me, I love you Brother!

Ken Pope

Officer K.M. Pope
Chesterfield County Police

October 10, 2006


Yesterday was your birthday. Love and miss you always. Happy B-day up there. Jen

Jen Del Pesce
Gary's sister

October 9, 2006

I think of you today as I do on many days. I remember the warmth of your smile and the sound of your laugh.

The sadness of losing you is still sometimes overwhelming and I miss you terribly. I try hard to focus on everything positive you brought to my life. I try to honor your memory by living as you did, with a sense of humor and a smile.

You are truly one in a million Gary and I am grateful for the memories. I cherish them today and always.


October 8, 2006

Gary, tomorrow will be five months. I just got home form a line of duty funeral. Spoke to Ralph on the way home. It was a ride and a conversation you would have been pround of.

Sgt. Chris Decker
Lantana PD / Brother

October 3, 2006


Just spoke with Ralph a few days ago. Just keeping in touch. I have been become more of a praying man lately so I wanted to let you know that I have you and Jen in mind when I speak with God.

Keep em laughing up there, pal !

Your friend,

Dave Busch

David Busch

October 1, 2006

Officer Buro,
I have learned a lot about you over the past couple of months. I had the honor of meeting several of your Officers from Chesterfield County.

You are a true hero that has touched the lives of many individuals. We will continue to serve proudly in your honor. Thank you.

MPO Mark Dale K913
Fairfax County Police

September 28, 2006

Its been over 4 months now, but I still think about you a lot. Even though I was never your steady partner, I did work with you several times. It's amazing that I'll answer a random job and remember going into that building with you. You were very easy to work with and I learned a lot with you. You used to talk positive about life, family and relationships to me, and it's unbelievable that of all the people, God took you. You served our country, policed our steets, and made us laugh. Gary you were a good person and I am grateful for knowing you. My prayers are always with you and your family and your partner Joseph. R.I.P. Brother We Miss You.

Police Officer MTS
New York City Police Dept.

September 25, 2006

Even though we were only partners a short time I want you to know that you touched my life and left a lasting impression on me. "I'm sorry" that I was not able to do more to protect you. Rest in peace brother with your wife knowing that "I got him". I have almost fully recovered and hope to return to work soon. You are my inspiration for wanting to go back and I will try to make you proud. I will carry you with me forever and I know you will always have my back. Godspeed Gary, you are my Hero. -Joe

Officer J.G. Diman Unit-374
Partner, Chesterfield County Police Department

September 15, 2006

Dear Kathy and Bruno family,
That fact that there are 20 pages of relections about Gary speaks volumes about his character. He always made me laugh. My heart and thoughts are with you.
Jennifer Fishman (Rizzi)
High School Classmate

Jennifer Fishman (RIzzi)
High School Classmate

September 7, 2006

It was an honor to be in the same academy as Gary and to work in the same county as him. He will be missed. Let it be known that we lost a GREAT officer and person.

God Bless you Gary.

D/S Fred Merkle Jr.
Palm Beach County S.O.

September 3, 2006

God Bless You Officer Buro!


August 31, 2006

Sir, I honor your service and your sacrifice. "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9. "Semper Fi"


August 29, 2006

I never had the privilege of meeting Gary, but as a former Marine and current police officer myself, I can attest to his character. I know the committment it takes to achieve & hold both titles. Gary was a member of not one but two very special fraternities...the US Marine Corps & Public Law Enforcement (Chesterfield County Chapter). I wish to express my deepest sympathies to Gary's family & friends along with this thought; When I graduated boot camp I had a drill instructor tell me "there will be wars and Marines will die, but as Marines you will live forever in the name of the corps". Gary is gone from our world but he will always be with us. Whenever you hear the Marine Corps hymn or see a Chesterfield County PD car glide by on patrol....HE'S THERE!!
From your extended family here in Michigan...God Speed brother & Semper Fi Marine.

Cpl Keith VanValkenburgh
Dearborn Heights PD (Michigan)

August 19, 2006

May you rest in peace. God bless your family and friends.

Officer J.R. Hazelwood
Henrico County Police

August 18, 2006

"Duty," "Honor," "Country" - those three hallowed words reverently dictate what you want to be, what you can be, what you will be. They are your rallying point to build courage when courage seems to fail, to regain faith when there seems to be little cause for faith, to create hope when hope becomes forlorn. Unhappily, I possess neither that eloquence of diction, that poetry of imagination, nor that brilliance of metaphor to tell you all that they mean.----Douglas MacArthur

Gary Buro can't tell you now all that they mean either. But he wouldn't need to. His life was the epitome of Duty, Honor, Country.
Semper Fi my brother Marine. Carry on.

Det. Kris Kisatsky
Long Hill Police Department, NJ

August 12, 2006

It’s hard to actually put into words the sense of loss we all feel. On May 4th, our hearts were ripped from us. The grief is overwhelming, but yet, we all find strength to keep moving forward. We believe that the strength comes from your spirit giving us that “big Gary” smile, telling us that everything will be OK. We try to hold onto that hope, but as strong as we sometimes feel, our sadness is unbearable.

Behind the laughs and stories we tell of you when we get together, there are tears. And when we are done telling a “Gary” story there is this automatic silence that we always come to…. In that moment of silence, we don’t have to say anything to each other because we are all thinking the same thing….”we miss you, Gar” – and the reality sets in again…..You see, for those few minutes when we are reminiscing, we are taken away from the truth that you are no longer here. We take a minute and reflect on our private memories and that sadness becomes overpowering again. We draw strength from each other and pull ourselves out of the stillness and keep going. We keep going because we know that’s what you would want us to do.

You continue to be the ‘glue’ that keeps us all together. So, Gary, know that we will continue supporting each other, because we are family. We will keep going, because we have learned that from you. We will never take for granted the strong friendships that we have built for so many years - the friendships that you have such a huge part of.

So, the memories will continue to be shared, the friendships will grow stronger and we will forever hold you close to our hearts.

We love you, Gary and Miss you!

August 7, 2006

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