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

Rest in your peaceful heavens State Trooper Burns. You will be deeply missed. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and also all fellow officers. I was one of the EMT's on the scene that Tuesday night. I was saddened to be there in that situation, but was also proud to be in the presence of a true hero. We will miss you in our area, but we know you will be there in spirit, still guiding us and protecting us.

Theresa Trebing
Mims EMT & Volunteer Firefighter

May 2, 2008

Scott, our hearts and prayers go out to your family. Ronnie and Judy along with your wife and daughter will be surrounded with friends and family and we all will miss you dearly. God bless you!

Timothy Baldwin/ Friend

May 2, 2008



May 2, 2008

I grew up in Linden and graduated from LKHS. Scott was a kind and genuine man. His untimely passing is a tragedy. He will be missed, and we thank him and his family for his service and sacrifice. The roads were safer with him patrolling them. May God be with you in your time of healing.

Our deepest sympathy,
Patricia Ponder Sims and family
Tyler, Texas

Patricia Ponder Sims and family
Former Linden Resident and Citizen

May 2, 2008

God bless the family of Trooper James Scott Burns and to all the brave members of the Texas Highway Patrol for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

New Jersey State Police

May 2, 2008

Rest in peace Trooper Burns. You served your State well and are a hero for that. I hope and pray that your family will eventually find peace.

The Great State of Texas is what it is because of the hard work and relentless dedication of It's Peace Officers. Truly you are one of Texas' heroes.

City Police Officer
El Paso, Texas Police Department

May 2, 2008

My heart goes out to the family of Trooper Burns. Trooper Burns has always been one of the good guys from day one. Rest in peace Trooper Burns. 10-42

Gale Meier Johnson
former childhood classmate&TCSO Deputy Sheriff

May 2, 2008

For some reason this tragedy has affected me more than usual, and I wanted to let the family of Trooper Burns know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. A life lost in such service is forever remembered. May all those who are grieving at this time find comfort, like Job, that "though he slay me, yet will I trust in him." May God be with Trooper Burns' family.

Agent J. Williams
New Mexico State Police

May 2, 2008

God Bless Trooper Burns, God Bless his family, God Bless the Texas Highway Patrol.

Kentucky State Police

May 2, 2008

My prayers are with you, your wife and young child. God bless the work you have done.

Elkton (MD) Police

May 2, 2008

God Speed Brother!!

Tina / Reserve Deputy

May 2, 2008

At times like this it is so hard to find the right words to comfort the family and co-workers. Trooper Burns, I want to thank you for your service. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department

May 2, 2008

It is always hard to loose a fellow LEO, but it is made even more unbearable to find that it was at the hands of a former LEO who obviously let his life be taken over by evil. Nothing can excuse the act that led to Trooper Burns death, but his family should know that he was doing his job to the end.

Today marks two years since my best friend, Texas DPS Trooper Ed Chavez, was killed on duty. Trooper Burns death just made Ed's anniversary that much more difficult. May God Bless you for your service and sacrifice. I can only hope that time will make the pain a little more tolerable for his family and friends.

Officer Howard L. Hawbaker
Palmview Police Department (TX)

May 2, 2008

Trooper Burns, thank you for your sacrifice. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. I pray for your family during this difficult time. May they know that a grateful nation mourns with them. Rest in peace brother.

Trooper Jeremy Andreasen
Iowa State Patrol

May 2, 2008

Trooper James Scott Burns may you rest in peace and our deepest thoughts and prayers are in place for you and your family. Thank you for your dedicated service.

From the Gaines County Sheriffs Dept.

Romeo Guerrero
Gaines County Sheriffs Dept

May 2, 2008

As a former DPS Trooper's daughter, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Trooper Burns. I can't even imagine what Kayla is going through right now, and I am even more saddened that Micah will never know her father, whose heroic life was cut short while he was trying to keep us all safe.

Although I never met Scott in person, my parents were good friends of his and were blessed to know him during his time as a trooper.

May you rest in peace, Trooper Burns. Thank you for your service in the Texas Department of Public Safety, we will miss you dearly. It is comforting to know that you are still watching over us and keeping us safe along with our Heavenly Father.

Mary Lynne O'Neal
Daughter of Retired DPS Trooper David O'Neal

May 2, 2008

Thank you for your service. Rest in Jesus Christ brother.My family and I will be praying for your family.
May God bless your wife and baby.

Mack Chambers Game Warden
Texas Parks and Wildlife

May 2, 2008

On behalf of the Tampa Police Department, we send our deepest condolences. Even though we have never met, your our brother, and your loss leaves a void.

To the family, your husband, father, son, and friend will be with you always and he will continue to look out for you from above. God Bless you and the members of the Texas Highway Patrol.

Officer Shane Gadoury
Tampa Police Department, Fl

May 2, 2008



May 2, 2008

You will always be remebered for his brave actions. The family will always remain in my prayers.

Trooper Hamilton
Texas DPS

May 2, 2008

As a resident of Lake of the Pines, my family and I will miss Trooper Burns terribly. We cannot thank him enough for all of his effort to make our community a safer place. We send our deepest regards to his wife, daughter, family and friends. We will continue to pray them.
Once, Trooper Burns pulled me over for speeding, he looked in my vehicle and saw I had my children with me. He said " Mam, please slow down because you are carring precious cargo." So now in the time of our communities loss of a fine State Trooper I say; Lord, You now have "Precious Cargo".

Lake of the Pines Resident
Victory School Road

May 2, 2008

I pray that God's comfort, love, and peace will surround your family, and that His grace will take them through this very difficult time.

Your sacrifice of love for your family, community, and the Texas public will not be forgotten. May you rest in peace.

Judy Lawrence-Hicks, Cabot AR
distant cousin

May 2, 2008

My family and I are deeply sadened by the loss of Trooper Burns. Bravery will be one of Scott Burns greatest legacies. His sacrifice will not go unremembered. Our earnest prayers go out to his family.

Brian Junell
Potter Co. Sheriff

May 2, 2008

Rest easy brother.

SPO Bujanos
Austin Police Dept, TX

May 2, 2008

Thank the Lord for men like Scott Burns. May our merciful God bless Trooper Burn's wife and daughter and their anguish be tempered by his grace. We owe a debt to officers like this who serve us all.

Don Elbert, Paramedic Trng. Coordinator
East Texas Medical Center EMS

May 2, 2008

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