Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake

Burnet County Sheriff's Office, Texas

End of Watch Saturday, October 3, 2009

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake

God Speed, Brother.

P.O. K.Murphy
Union PD, NJ

October 6, 2009

Though death leaves a heartache no one can heal...
love leaves a memory no one can steal.

Your brothers and sisters love and miss you. Watch over them as they watch over your family and one another.

May the grace of God bless you and your family and give you peace.

Assistant Fire Chief
HSB FD

October 6, 2009

To the family of Deputy Blake, my deepest sympathy. Please,find comfort & strength in your fellow LEO and
the COPS program. They have all be a huge part in our
loss of our Deputy Sarah Jones.- EOW 10-19-08.
Rest in Peace, Deputy Blake.

Connie Jones
Survivor -In -Law

Connie Jones
LEO Survivor in Law

October 6, 2009

My thoughts and prayers go out to Deputy Blake's family and fellow deputies. Rest in Peace, Deputy Blake, we will take over from here.

Sgt Brad Gray
Henderson Co SO

October 6, 2009

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

October 6, 2009

Brother Francis,

Please keep the gates of heaven open for the rest of us.


RIP my Brother

Cpl. Robert L. Padgett ( RET.)
Charles County Sheriff's Office, md.

October 6, 2009

David Blake was a great man and a great deputy. He is missed by all. He taught me so much through the years and was allways willing to help.

Sgt. Shane Mahoney
friend

October 6, 2009

Blake, I want you to know that I was proud of you. We can all learn something from you. I know I learned alot from you. I want you to know that I will miss you not only as a brother on the street, but as a friend.
Blake, I will see you again one day, but for know I will try to do my best down here to make you proud and Blake, I will take care of your family. I love you and I will miss you. Take care my brother you are Hero to all of us. RIP

Deputy Robert Vaughan
Burnet County Sheriff Deprtment

October 6, 2009

God Bless you sir.

Rick F.
Ret. CO

October 6, 2009

Rest in Peace, Brother.

OFC B. Grajek

October 6, 2009

Rest in peace brother.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God" Matthew 5:9

Officer J. Jones #171
Killeen Police Department

October 5, 2009

Deputy Blake, you served well. You'll always be honored and remembered for your service. Your Wife, Family & Friends and Agency will always be in our thoughts and prayers down in Florida.

Rest easy, Deputy.

J. Clendening #407
Glades County Sheriff's Office, FL

October 5, 2009

Deputy Blake,
You are a true hero. It is men and women such as yourself that allow the world to go around.Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service.

Explorer
Arapahoe County

October 5, 2009

REST IN PEACE BROTHER. YOU ARE A TRUE HERO.

Deputy J.D.Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

October 5, 2009

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Francis Blake as well as the brotherhood at Burnet County Sheriff's Department. May you rest in God's eternal peace our brother!

Detective Mark Techmanski
City of Syracuse (NY) POlice Department

October 5, 2009

God bless you and your family.

Officer
Georgia

October 5, 2009

On behalf of the 5,546 members of the American Association of State Troopers (AAST), we extend our sincere condolences to Deputy Blake’s family as well as the members of the Burnet County Sheriff’s Department. AAST members throughout the United States know first hand what all of you are going through right now. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken Howes, Executive Director
American Association of State Troopers

October 5, 2009

For the Blake Family,

I know that there are no words that can ease the pain of loss, for someone so dear to your hearts. Please know that each of you are in my family's prayers, and in reviewing Deputy Blake's reflections, each of you will be in the prayers of the nationwide law enforcement family.

May the Lord bless and keep you.

Respectfully,

Dan Armstrong

Sergeant Dan Armstrong
Austin Police Department

October 5, 2009

The Florida Police Chiefs Association would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Francis Blake, and the Burnet County Sheriff's Department. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of great sadness. Please take comfort in knowing that your extended law enforcement family grieves with you. Deputy Blake, we thank you for your service. You will not be forgotten.

Members and Staff
Florida Police Chiefs Association

October 5, 2009

It is with deep regret that Deputy Sheriff Francis David Blake of Burnet County Texas Sheriff's Department has fallen. Our prayers go out to the family and friends of this honorable Officer. God bless and keep all loved ones in his tender care.

Margaret Hood
Citizen Wtch

October 5, 2009

Rest in peace Deputy Blake. My sincere condolences to your family. May you keep on patrolling those streets of gold. Thanks for you dedication and service. Terry F. Zech

OFC TERRY F. ZECH
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPARTMENT, DETROIT, MICHIGAN

October 5, 2009

prayers are w/ family, friends, and department. Thank you for your service and keep watch over us brother

Anonymous

October 5, 2009

Deputy Blake thank you for your willingness to serve your fellowman. God bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

October 5, 2009

God Speed Deputy! Our prayers to your family and friends and to those you woked with. A sad day indeed. Your watch is over-we will take it from here. Serve God as you have served man. Peace be with you!

Sgt. Stephen Symonds
Kechi Police Department, KS

October 5, 2009

Chief Strzelecki and the entire Niles Police Department extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Deputy Blake. Godspeed.

Niles, Illinois Police Department

October 5, 2009

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