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

My heart grieves for you and your family. I cannot verbalize the tremendous pain I felt upon hearing of your tragic death, your ultimate sacrifice for the protection of others. In your classic way and with your shy smile, you have touched the hearts and lives of many people over the years, and I thank you for that. I am thankful I knew you for so long, and was able to call you my friend.

I pray that Micah grows up knowing what an amazing father she had. With the love and support of all your TDCJ and DPS friends, hopefully she will never doubt that. I also pray that God will get Michaela and your family through this difficult time, and give them the strength and peace to focus on the many wonderful memories they had with you for the short time you were with us.

I thank you for your years of service to the people of Texas. I will keep memories of you in my heart forever--you will never be forgotten.

Celeste Lunceford
Former TDCJ Prison Psychologist, Telford Unit

May 1, 2008

You've fought the noble fight and now God has called you home. Return to Him in honor, my brother, and rest forever in peace. Thank you for your selfless sacrifice. You are my Hero!

Former GPD Officer

May 1, 2008

May God be with your family, friends and your fellow officers. 10-42 my brother.

Patrick Money
Former Texas DPS trooper #6710

May 1, 2008

God bless & R.I.P

Ofcr Moore 3176

May 1, 2008

To Mrs. Burns and child: As you can see by all of the thoughts and prayers your husband and father is not gone. He will be with each and every one of us until the end of our time. I know he will join the army of others who are and continue to be our backup everytime we put on the uniform. Your husband, Your father, is and will continue to be a hero for eternity. Trooper Burns, please watch over all of us as we go forward to fight Evil. And God be with us as we go after those who cause grief such as this.

Roosevelt County Sheriffs Office NM.

May 1, 2008

On behalf of the New York State Police, our prayers are with you, your family, friends, and all the State Troopers of Texas Highway Patrol...May you Rest in Peace Troop.

New York State Police

May 1, 2008

We are all very saddened about the loss of Trooper Burns, My son was murdered 9 years ago while he was doing his job of repossessing a vehicle, it is such a tragic loss to lose a family member from violence or any other means, my heart goes out to his wife, and mother and dad and his family. May God bless them and hold them close to ease them through the grieving period. Our prayers are with his family and all that loved him.


May 1, 2008

God Bless you Scott, My prayers are with you, God Bless you Judy and Ronnie, Stacy and Stephen, God Speed Friend,

Tim Floyd

May 1, 2008

Our hearts and our prayers are extended to the Burns family during this time in need. May God be with you and give you strength during your time of pain and sorrow.

The Woitas Family

May 1, 2008

Our thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and all of the members of the Texas DPS. Rest in peace Troop.

New York State Police - Troop K

May 1, 2008

My prayers go out to your family and friends... God Bless your family and your service..

Ashley Bolin

May 1, 2008

I am so sorry for your loss.

Susie Cross
Sister of Police Officer

May 1, 2008

Brother Burns, even though we never met you are and will always be my brother. You will never be forgotten. You are a hero and we all thank you for your duties as a Police Officer. It is now your turn to watch over us all. God bless you and all your family. Say hi to my pal James A. Saavedra KIA 12/19/07. Tell him we miss him!!! I leave you with this.

“The Final Inspection”

The policeman stood and faced his God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining.
Just as brightly as his brass.

“Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?”

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
“No, Lord, I guess I ain’t,
Because those of us who carry badges
Can’t always be a saint.

I’ve had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was rough,
And sometimes I’ve been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

But I never took a penny,
That wasn’t mine to keep…
Though I worked a lot of overtime
When the bills got just too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God forgive me,
I’ve wept unmanly tears.

I know I don’t deserve a place
Among the people here’
They never wanted me around
Except to calm their fear.

If you’ve a place for me here,
Lord, It needn’t be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don’t… I’ll understand.

There was silence all around the throne
Where the saints had often trod.
As the policeman waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

“Step forward now, Policeman,
You’ve borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven’s Streets,
You’ve done your time in hell”

Det. Keith Strasheim
Corpus Christi, Texas PD

May 1, 2008

Our thoughts & prayers are with your wife, baby girl, family, friends, and co-workers during this time of loss. Even through the sadness we still have to see the hero you are for serving us with such courage and honor and give a smile for that. Our heros may be gone but not forgotten. And through all the sadness it brings we cant help but smile and be VERY proud of you for what you have accomplished..
Thank you Trooper Burns..
RIP Sir'

Shan Williams

May 1, 2008

My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice, you will not be forgotten.

Linda Lamm - LEO wife and sister of
Jay Balchunas EOW 11.05.04

May 1, 2008

may God bless your family and give you peace during this
time. your family in prayers from New Life Fellowship Church, Gladewater, Tx.

copeland ins. group

May 1, 2008

There is no greater sacrifice a man can give than his life. Scott's selfless duty will forever be remembered. God bless the Burn's family and their sacrifice as well. The community, County, State and Country will forever be in debt for what he has given.

A proud community member,

May 1, 2008

Trooper Burns, bless those who are peace makers and thank you so much for your time and service as a law enforcement officer. May the lord bless you and keep you as one of his children and watch out for your family and fella Trooper's.

Trooper Patrick Surber
Oklahoma Highway Patrol

May 1, 2008

May God's blessing and love embrace your family at this time. I know that Heaven just received another ANGEL.

Brandy Stringer
Department of Family and Protective Services and Westside Vol Fireman

May 1, 2008

To the family of Scott,

You're in our thoughts. Please know how much you are loved and how deeply your loss is felt by all.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Wes Owens

May 1, 2008

My prayers are with the family; i never really knew officer burns; but i know that i had worked at auntie skinners and he had been in there a few times on the weekends and helped out with security; he was a pleasure to work with and always made me smile; God will take care of him and his family is in my prayers and my church's and my family's! May you rest in peace; and thank you for all that you did!!!

*~* bekah ann *~*

Rebekah Baldwin
Skinners Riverboat Club

May 1, 2008

I worked in Marion County for several years for the Marion County Sheriffs Department. They and the troopers in that county are a fine bunch of guys. We at the Hewitt Police Association wish to give our deepest sympathies to the family of James.

Sgt Danny Powell
Hewitt Police Department

May 1, 2008

May God bring comfort during this time. My prayers go out to Trooper Burns' family, friends and the entire Texas Highway Patrol family. I pray that something good may result from this tragedy.


May 1, 2008

My family's thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. In your time of loss please know that there are other officers that are lifting up you and your daughter. With GOD's strength and love your hurt will heal in time.

Angela Shine
wife of an officer

May 1, 2008

Thank you for your service & sacrifice Trooper Burns. Our thoughts & prayers to your family and your Brothers.

Douglas B.
Citizen from NY

May 1, 2008

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