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

We mourn your passing, we pray for your family and friends, and we are forever mindful of your dedication and service. Go in peace and now be one of the Angels of the Highway to be watchful over each of us.

Mississippi Trooper Magazine

May 5, 2008

Thoughts and prayers are with your family and your agency. RIP Brother in Blue.

Patrolman D. Kirk #309
Round Lake Heights PD (IL)

May 5, 2008

Rest in Peace
Our thoughts and prayers our with you and your family.

Suwannee County Sheriff's Office

May 5, 2008

Rest in Peace Brother.

Texas Highway Patrol

May 4, 2008

Rest in peace brother, your service and sacrafice will not be forgotten!

Sgt. Marco Robles
McKinney Police Department

May 4, 2008

Just want to share a time when Beedie stopped me. I was Headed to Jefferson to meet my husband for dinner. I look in my rearview mirror and I see the red and blue lights. I could not imagine what I had done wrong. I pulled off the road. Whom do you think would walk up? Beedie. I asked. Him what I did. He replied, “Mam your license plate light is out.” He then said you need to tell Sarge to take care of that for you and laughed. Always so polite and very professional.

Cheryl Buckland
Distant cousin

May 4, 2008


TXDPS San Antonio 3B

May 4, 2008

Scott thank you for you service to the State of Texas.. You will be truly missed... Courtesy ~ Service ~ Protection

TXDPS San Antonio 3B

May 4, 2008

On behalf of the men and women of the Boston Police Department we extend our sympathy to the family and friends of Trooper Burns. Rest in peace.

PO Michael Kane, BPD Academy

Police Officer

May 4, 2008

Rest in peace brother.

Deputy J.P. Hegge
Nye County Sheriff

May 4, 2008

Rest in peace brother. We will watch your beat.

Patrolman Parkinson
Fort Smith Police Department

May 4, 2008

My thoughts and prayers will be with Trooper Burns and his family. Thank you for your service.

Lt. J.D. Echols
Odessa Police Department

May 4, 2008

R.I.P Brother. My thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends.

P/O Steve Cabral
Baltimore City Police

May 4, 2008

You suffered the greatest sacrifice in our line of work. A sacrifice we all know and consider every time we stand behind the Badge.

Thank you for everything you have done. I wish the best strength for your wife and newborn.

Our brothers will handle your zone, we will never retreat.

Rest in Peace.

POII MK Wyman #1033
Gwinnett County Police, GA

May 4, 2008

God bless you and your family. You and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God. (Matthew 5:9)

TFC C.A.Cuddington #216
Georgia State Patrol

May 4, 2008

Family, Friends, Brothers and Sisters in Uniform,

"As you remember this fallen OFFICER, take comfort in recalling that HE dedicated HIS life to the same principles of honor, duty, and courage that bring others to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, other officers' resolve to serve citizens is not diminished. Their dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Their commitement to remembering those with whom they share the badge does not fade. Godspeed, BROTHER. YOU fought the good battle. Now rest in peace." (This came from Officer Down Law Enforcement News) I found this beautiful quote and wanted to share. I know the Officers are familiar with it, but I was not, and think it so profound. Officers, Thank you for your service and dedictation.

We all try to search for a reason why and find none. This young Man died in service to His country and its citizens. He died the death of a hero which does not make the loss any easier. While citizens are in the comfort of their homes, Officers protect and serve as Officer Burns was doing that fateful night.

I would see Scott's patrol car go by our home (we live on the same road) and it gave me a great sense of security knowing that HE was right down the road from us. I work with HIS sister-in-law, and know what a fine Person, Husband, Father, Son, Brother, and Friend, Scott was to all. Over the last few days, many have told wonderful stories and shared various fond memories of Officer Burns as a child, young man, and as an adult.

To his Wife, Daughter,Mother, Father, Brothers, Relatives, and Friends, I offer my sincere condolences. I know it is with little comfort to you now after the loss of your loved one, but I hope some day you will be able to read all the hundred of reflections and memories written in these pages. What a tribute to Officer Burns, he truly will be missed. God Bless You All and My prayers will be with You.

Appreciative Linden citizen

May 4, 2008

I have been a rural law enforcement officer for a little while now and have come to know each one of our troops very well. We have a great crew and the thought of losing one this way doesn’t sound real. I didn’t know Trooper Burns but I can say that I will. Someday I will get to meet him and shake his hand or wing, I don’t know if we will physically have wings, probably not, so I will shake his hand and thank him for the protection that he provided over the highway. Highway Patrol, some of the most decent men I have ever met! I’m not sure of the hiring process through DPS, but someone down there knows what they are doing.~
Father, I come to you this Sunday morning and I ask you to be with my wife and daughters who are in church right now. Just protect them while I am away protecting others. Father, I just learned of Trooper Burns and his sacrifice. I believe he is with you peacefully waiting for the hour in which he will again be joined with his wife and child. Father-God, send your love to his family. Hold them in your hand and breathe your peace over them. Lord, If possible I ask you to lift as many burdens from Mrs. Burns as possible right now during this time. Help her grieving time be productive towards her health and hold her close when she feels alone. Father, clear the path and obstacles from baby Burns life. Give his child peace and tranquility, and help Mrs. Burns and family rest. Ease their spirits and their minds, just slow their thoughts Father, let them know that you will not ever allow the burdens to become too strong to handle. Strengthen them Lord for times ahead and guide their paths, and when the time is right, join them back together again as they once were here on this earth. Father we/I pray to you through your sons name Jesus, Amen.

Mrs. Burns and family, I am sorry for the lose in your life. I pray that you guys will make it through this with only the amount of grief necessary to get through. I wish I or others could take if from you, but that would ruin any healing process there is. Just believe he is with you and you will again be with him physically some day. And know that I am praying for your family daily starting today. Thank you Burns family, for your time today, and thank you Trooper Burns for being who you were.

To the other Troopers in that area, it’s a shame that rat didn’t let us get to him first. Shows the fear he had for the cavalry.

Thanks, for letting me post my thoughts.

West Texas Deputy.

West Texas

May 4, 2008



May 4, 2008

Thank you for your service. You are in my prayers.

Ofc. S.L. Coffman #15174
California Highway Patrol

May 4, 2008

It is so hard what to say at times like this. Trooper Burns will always be remembered for his sacrifice. Rest in peace Trooper. Man hath no greater gift to give, than to lay down his life for his fellow man.

Deputy Richard Parrish
Wood County Sheriff's Department - Texas

May 4, 2008

"In The Line of Duty"

What is the meaning of "In The Line Of Duty"
It means that an officer made the Ultimate sacrifice.
It means that someone took an officer's life.
A hero has fallen.

Officers who gave their all
To protect and serve
Have been killed by someone whom they swore
To protect and serve.

It means that their badge will no longer be on their chest
And they will join
"The Best Of The Best"


May 4, 2008

My the Lord be with your family sir.

Heath Hawley
Lindale Police and Fire

May 4, 2008

The family of Trooper Burns will be in our prayers. May God take care of his family and help them through this hardest of times.

Supervisor J. Penney
United States Border Patrol

May 4, 2008

Somebody killed a policeman today,
and a part of America died.
A piece of our country he swore to protect,
will be buried with him at his side.
The suspect who shot him will not stand up in court,
because he took his own life,
While a young widowed mother must work for her kid,
and spend alone many long nights.
The beat that he walked was a battlefield too,
just as if he'd gone off to war.
Though the flag of our nation won't fly at half mast,
to his name they will add a gold star.
Yes, somebody killed a policeman today,
It Happened in your town or mine.
While we slept in comfort behind our locked doors,
a cop put his life on the line.
Now he walks a beat on a dark city street,
and he stands at each new rookie's side.
He answered the call, and gave us his all,
and a part of America died

Laura Kennedy
Palestine ,Tx

May 4, 2008

On behalf of the Sugar Land, Texas Police Department Honor Guard we would like to offer our condelences and prayers to your family and friends. You will always be in our thoughts and our hearts.

Officer Shellene Keuling
Sugar Land PD

May 3, 2008

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