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Patrolman Evan Donald Burns

Caruthersville Police Department, Missouri

End of Watch Tuesday, August 16, 2011

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Reflections for Patrolman Evan Donald Burns

Patrolman Burns it was 10 years ago today you made the ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten! Prayers to your family as they remember you today.

Msgt. Trost
Hammond Police

August 16, 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 16, 2020

A great officer with a fantastic sense of humor. Always in a great mood. I was his Sergeant in Illinois and had a feeling he would accomplish great things. He would listen and soak up all the information I would give him. He loved the job and was taken from us way to soon. God bless him and I feel honored just to have worked with him.

Detective/Sergeant (former)
Brooklyn Illinois Police Department (former)

July 3, 2019

Patrolman Burns will be honored in front of our new police department as we start to raise funds for an Officer Down Memorial in front of our new building. Patrolman Burns' brother is one of our own at the Wood River Police Department. R.I.P. Sir!

Chief Brad Wells
Wood River (IL.) Police Department

November 5, 2018

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

September 29, 2018

Rest in perpetual peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

August 16, 2017

Evan, thank you for your service. It means a lot to everyone and we can not thank you enough! We hope you're doing well and praying that life continues to reflect from the heroic act of selflessness that you have that night! We never met personally but my dad Chris Rudd and you were the greatest friends! It hurt him so much when he found out you passed! You'll never know how much you really meant to my dad! Every time he leaves to go out for his shift he looks at your picture smiles then he prays! Thank you for everything you've done!

Sgt. Cape Girardeau Police Explorers pos
Cape Girardeau Police Explorers

February 8, 2017

Hey bud, just wanted to tell you that we love you and we miss you. Things aren't the same around here at the pd without you around. All of us guys often set back and think about some of the goofy things that you would say or do and that helps us a lot. Thank you for your service to us and our community and thank you for continuing to keep an eye on the rest of us. We love you Evan.

Captain Michael Coleman
Caruthersville Police Department

April 3, 2014

I love and miss you every minute of every day. May God keep you safe in his arms until we meet again. Watch over us my son.

Tabbie L. Eckelberry
mother of Evan Burns

November 4, 2013

I Think of you everyday my friend. I miss you, and the talks we had. I miss the jokes.
Kinleigh miss you too, we miss going out to eat. Please watch over her as I know you will.
Rest in Peace my brother

Corporal Paul Meacham
Caruthersville PD Mo

October 9, 2012

Tomorrow I will begin a 250 mile bike journey with your name on a bracelete I keep close to my heart. I will think of you, your family and all of your loved ones. But most of all, I will think of the Sacrifice you paid for all of us. For that, I will ride strong and hope to make it to the Memorial wall where I will meet your family and shake your brother's hand. All I ask my angel is that you keep all of us safe on this ride.

May you rest in peace my brother!

Detective Janeth Calvert
Key West Police Department- Police Unity Tour Chapter VIII Rider 2012

May 9, 2012

May you rest in peace for your ultimate sacrifice. You will never be forgotten!!

Deputy Chad C. Nixon
Scott County Sheriff's Office

March 15, 2012

RIP Sir, you were a hero

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

February 23, 2012

Evan I've been thinking about you today buddy! It's the first day of 2012 and already two more officers have been killed. Thank you for everything you did. If we would have known how it would have ended we could have done things so much different. Love ya man, watch over us from heaven buddy!

Deputy Randall Lee
Pemiscot County Sheriff's Office

January 1, 2012

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiance Dennis. Every time I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the officer they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Patrolman Burns. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. (The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. I can also be found on Face Book.) You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Evan he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Evan's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Evan's life was about so much more than the way he died. Evan will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Patrolman Burns, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiance Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been eight & a half years and he's still very much missed and forever loved.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

December 14, 2011

To the family and friends of Patrolman Evan Burns, his fellow officers, and most especially to Evan

We honor your service to your community as a police office and you will always be remembered and revered. Rest in Peace.

On behalf of our entire family, I wish to extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Evan was killed in the line of duty. It is obvious he was well-loved by many and well-respected by his peers as reflected in the loving reflections left for him.

May his loved ones continued to be supported by their law enforcement family and other police survivors. Our family grieves with you and for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Evan gave to his community and the citizens of Missouri, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on August 16, 2011.

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

November 25, 2011

You are a true hero who made the ultimate sacrifice. May the memory of your service, heroism and sacrifice remain forever. May God bless you, your family and brother/sister patrolmen. On behalf of the Troopers of the Pennsylvania State Police, our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. God Speed Brother……

Corporal Andrew Canepa
Pennsylvania State Police

October 23, 2011

Evan my friend I took Lilly to eat since it was my turn to buy. I miss you everyday. I was asked by Kinliegh to call you in haven and say it's time to eat. For a five year old she is a mess she talks about you alot. I have kept my word the only way I can.

Rest in peace my friend my brother

Officer Paul Meacham
Caruthersville Police Department

PLT. Paul Meacham
Caruthersville Police Department

October 9, 2011

His Judgment Day:
The officer stood and faced his God, Which must always come to pass. He hoped his shoes were shinning, Just as brightly as his brass.
"Step forward now, Officer, How shall I deal with you? Have you always turned the other cheek To my church have you been true?"
The officer squared his shoulder and said, "No, Lord, I guess I aint, 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 tough.
But I never took a penny That wasn't mine to keep.. Though I worked a lot of overtime, when the bills got 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 an unmanly tear.
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 often trod. As the officer waited quietly for the judgment of his God.
"Step forward now, Officer. You've borne your burdens well. Come walk a beat on heaven's streets, You've done your time in hell"

Author unknown

May God be with everyone

Motor Officer Terry Pauley
Plano PD Plano, TX

October 7, 2011

My prayers continue to be with the family; dearest brother and precious son of Peace Officer Evan Burns. May you recieve the strength and wisdom each day that is needed to see purpose in our call to do what we do. If there is ever ANYWAY that we might be needed in service, please include us. This is how we are able to work through our grieving.

Chaplain Marc Lane
Illinois Fraternal Order of Police / Alton Police Department

September 27, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family and fellow officers.

Chaplain Jim Ennis
Dyersburg Police Dept., TN

September 19, 2011

Rest in peace, sir. My thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Greater love hath no one than this, that someone lays down his life for his friends. John 15:13

Friend of
USFS Off. Kris Fairbanks RIP 9/20/08

September 18, 2011

Patrolman Burns,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just for your community, but also for Country as well when you served in the USCG. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Paratus!


September 10, 2011

Evan, It still doesn't seem real that you were taken from us just over three weeks ago. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. I often find myself wanting to call you or text you about things, but soon realize that I cannot. I'm trying so hard to be strong and focus on school and my kids, but its so hard. I hope that in time my pain eases. I know that I will never stop missing you. You gave your life doing what you loved, like so many others have. I pray that you will watch over our brother Aaron and keep him safe while he patrols the streets too. Life isn't the same without you. There is a HUGE hole in everyone's lives now. The hole that you once filled with your jokes and smiles. I love and miss you, Evan!

Riana Whitehead

September 7, 2011

I love and miss you. I will always carry you in my heart

Tabbie Eckelberry

September 5, 2011

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