Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper James Scott Burns

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Tuesday, April 29, 2008

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Reflections for Trooper James Scott Burns

You are never forgotten, dear friend.

Celeste Lunceford
Friend, former colleague

April 29, 2023

You are still remembered, dear friend. You will never be forgotten.

Celeste Lunceford
Friend and former colleague at TDCJ

April 30, 2022

13 years later, Scott, you are still not forgotten. You made the ultimate sacrifice for the State of Texas and you will always be remembered for it. Some day, my friend, we will laugh together again and reflect on all the "fun" times at Telford Unit and a certain inmate who trapped ME with the threat of spit and a shank because he didn't like YOU, and you laughed. :-) Until then....

Celeste Lunceford
Friend and former colleague at TDCJ

April 29, 2021

In Honor And Respect, Trooper James Scott Burns, Sir, Thank You For Your Dedicated Service To Law Enforcement... You Are Honored And Remembered Today, So Very Tragic How You Left This Earth... May Peace, Blessings And Cherished Memories Be With Your Family, Your Blue Family, And Those Who Had The Honor To Know You... To Your Daughter, Your DAD Was A Man Of Greatness, A True Hero... May You Rest In Eternal Peace, Trooper James Scott Burns...

Gail Mercado

April 29, 2021

Rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

August 12, 2020

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

May 19, 2020

Eleven years later, you are still not forgotten. RIP, Scott.

Celeste Lunceford
Former colleague

April 30, 2019

God bless you brother and your family!

Judge / magistrate Sheridan Lynn (former
Aiken County, S.C.

April 29, 2019

RIP brother. Angel's will watch over your family.

Officer Howell
School Dist of Palm Beach County PD

April 10, 2019

Just passed your memorial road sign and had to look up your EOW story. Your life mattered. Your life never forgotten. Your dedicated service forever honored. May you rest in peace. Thoughts are with your family.

Mother of Officer Craig Birkholz G. Birk
Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011

March 10, 2019

Scott, I joined DPS to hunt dangerous criminals such as the one that took your life. I'm now in Marion County as a Trooper working to make it a safer place. A day doesn't go by that I don't think about you and your family. May God RestYour Soul!

Trooper Brant E. Smith
Texas Highway Patrol

July 5, 2018

Never a shift goes by that I don’t reflect on my brother, taken too early. You taught me how to do this job with patience and humbleness, your legacy lives on through so many of us...

You had such an impact on so many around you. You set the bar high, and the expectations of a great Trooper even higher.

10 years ago. I miss you like it happened yesterday. God bless you, brother, and your family especially Michaela & Micah. You left a void that cannot be filled.

Trooper IV, Class A2004
Texas Department of Public Safety

April 29, 2018

9 years later, you are still remembered and missed. RIP, dear friend.

Celeste Lunceford, Friend/Colleague

April 29, 2017


We still miss you here and I think of you often. It's hard to believe its been 8 years. I will never forget that day. You backed me up on a traffic stop before I ended my shift at 7:00 p.m. and you told me you were headed out to the lake to patrol. I know you have entered into God's rest and await the day to be reunited with the loved ones you left behind. You were a true friend and servant of the people. May you truly rest in peace and may your family continue to find peace and comfort in the Lord.

Chief Deputy Frank Cason
Marion County Sheriff's Office

April 29, 2016

Rest in Peace brother. It is a rare breed those of us that serve and risk so much for those who care so little these days. I will pray for your widow and children. Godspeed.

Detective J.J. Bird
Villa Hills Police Department Kentucky

April 29, 2016

Trooper Burns,

I was so moved by the reflections left for you, it was obvious you are an embodiment of the ideal of what law enforcement is meant to be in our society. As the son of a N.J. State Trooper, I have tried to give back in my own way, and it is my great honor to serve men and women like yourself who try to make this world a little better. I will pray for your family. Peace.

Assistant Counsel J. Herman
Pennsylvania State Police

March 31, 2016


I did my Honor the Legacy tribute to you yesterday in front of my recruit class. Class A-15. I hope it made you proud. I added Michaela's post to the last slide, it really touched my heart. You will forever be a trooper for us all to emmulate. God speed.

Trooper Trainee Womack
Texas DPS Class A-15

May 15, 2015

Hey babe. It's me. I just wanted to write you a quick note. I know it's been a while since I wrote on here. I just wanted you to know how much me and Micah miss you. I promised her I would let her type her note to you tomorrow all by herself. I can't believe it's been 7 years since I saw you, talked to you, felt you touch....I just miss you like crazy. So does Micah....she tells me all the time how much she loves you. I hope you are proud of us. We are so proud of you. We will never forget you and love you forever!! We love you Scott!!

Michaela & Micah
Wife & Daughter

April 30, 2015

Still not forgotten.

Brady Lunceford Trooper IV
Texas DPS

April 29, 2015

Hard to believe it's been seven years since Brady called to tell me what had happened. I remember that day like it was yesterday. You will never be forgotten.

Celeste Lunceford

April 29, 2015

Just thinking about you, bro. 12 years ago, we sat in recruit uniforms with those ridiculous maroon shirts, fighting drowsiness, but eager to get out on the road and catch bad guys. I never guessed that so many of us would face gunfights on these lonely Texas highways. I'm proud to know I was sitting next to such an honorable warrior as you. You're still alive and well in all our memories and in our hearts, my friend. The rest of us will likely die of old age and be quickly forgotten, but you will remain, emblazoned on that honorable wall of heroes in Austin. Thank you for your sacrifice, brother.

TxDPS Class B2003, Badge #11188

Corporal D. Eric Casebolt
McKinney Police Dept.

April 29, 2015

We just drove past the memorial highway named in your honor and came to ODMP to see if we could learn what happened. Our thoughts go out to your family who suffered such a great and senseless loss and we hope your sweet daughter, who would be about 7 years old by now, is comforted by knowing that strangers are aware of her father's ultimate sacrifice.

Charlene Hall

April 19, 2015

Trooper Burns,

I did not know you in life, but the imprint of which you left upon those who did makes me wish I had. The lives you touched and changed is amazingly overwhelming.

The more I learn about your story the more I am reminded of the fragility of life. In the blink of an eye, heroes are removed from the lives of those who love them, and placed in the arms of God. You did great work on earth Sir; please keep up the good fight in Heaven.

Those who love you miss you very much, as do those who were never granted such a gift as your friendship. God speed my friend. Never forgotten; always missed.

Investigator Rob
Riverside Police

May 21, 2014

Scott, 6 years later, you're still missed. You will NEVER be forgotten!

Celeste Lunceford
Former colleague - TDCJ Telford Unit

May 1, 2014

Thinking of you and your family. You will not be forgotten!

Investigator, Michael Keck

April 29, 2014

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