Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall

Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Saturday, July 15, 1978

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Reflections for Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall

A true American Hero

Kevin Ballman Police Specialist Retired
Cincinnati Police Department

September 3, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 63 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 15, 2021

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorney Generals Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 60 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation

July 15, 2020

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 59 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
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July 15, 2019

It is time once again to let the parole board know that we do not approve of the parole of Russell Bell and Wayne Reed. I once again will write my letter in hopes that justice will be served and they will remain in prison. I still think of you often remembering your smile. RIP Chuck. You have not been forgotten.

Dr. Cherie O'Shea-Durst
Friend

April 4, 2019

On behalf of Officer Charles D. Burdsall, Wife, Children, (Police Officers,) Relatives, and Friends. I Extend My Condolences. I've read all the comments about Officer Charles D. Burdsall and was able to see that he was a good man with a good heart and loved by many.
I'm sorry that he paid the ultimate sacrifice losing his life on July 15, 1978. But know that his spirit will forever live on. This was a high profile case on Russell Bell and his co-defendant Wayne Reed. Reed was the one that was given the death penalty that was later commuted. Either way they both have been held accountable. Over the decades of them being incarcerate I hope that they are remorseful and understand that death is final something that can't be given back and taking an Officer of the law life is the ultimate price and punishment given. I know that if anyone asked God for forgiveness in Jesus name he will forgive you for your sins. I also know and understand that the Lord does make us accountable for our sins / actions. So I say to everyone that read this reflection is to forgive them both whole hearty as the Lord will want and trust in the Lord and allow God to do his will. I understand that Russell Bell and Wayne Reed, next hearing is schedule for May 2019. Trust In The Lord!!!

Sister in Christ!

October 17, 2018

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Police Officer Charles D. Burdsall of the Cincinnati Police Department, Ohio and the additional 58 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

July 16, 2018

The convicted killers, should never be able to breathe street air again.They belong behind bars forever and really should of been put to death for their crime.

Ret.Officer Herbie Buck
NYSDOCS

May 17, 2014

When a officer is lost in the line of duty, now matter how or by what means it is a loss to each and everyone. No matter the color of the uniform nor the shape of the shield when one of us are killed we all feel the pain.

I sent my 'No Parole' today. My prayers are with the family and the co-workers.

Remember we serve in the criminal JUST US system.

E.W. Girtler Jr.
Senior Investigator - Retired
N.Y. State Police

May 17, 2014

I was honored to send off my 'No Parole' letter today for you, my brother in blue. Thank you for your sacrifice and may you forever, rest in peace. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!!

My prayers continue to be with your family, friends and co-workers.

HEROES NEVER DIE...

Sgt. Mitch Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

March 17, 2014

The memory of Officer Burdsall started me on the path to become a police officer. I will never forget that fateful day we lost a gallant man. I was seventeen. He never knew the impact he had on two young men from the Western end of Cincinnati. I respectfully remember him always. Love to his family.

Captain Mark Lewis
Muskegon, Michigan Police Department

February 9, 2011

Bell got an early Parole hearing. Parole DENIED!!!!! He does, however, have his next hearing in February 2011.

Chuck, we will continue the fight!

Jon
Friend of Relative

March 23, 2009

Well, here we go again. Bell is up for parole again and again on June 10th (2009). This is morally and fundamentally wrong. Anyone who kills a cop should automatically get the death penalty without the option of life in prison. No judge or Governor should ever have the authority to communte a cop killer's death sentence. Bell is an unrepentant maggott who will rot in jail if the Cincinnati community has any say in the matter. Please, to all who read this, write the Ohio Parole Board. Don't let the scumbag Russell Bell ever see the light of day again. Please do what you can to give the Burdsall family the justice they deserve.

Jon
Friend of a relative

March 21, 2009

I can see from the reflections that you were an amazing young man who is loved and missed by many. Time never diminishes respect and your memory is honored and revered.

This world, this country, your community truly are better places because of you. To have lost you is a great tragedy, an irreplaceable, immeasurable loss for society. We are grateful for and to you, and honor you for all you did for us day in and day out whether you received a word of thanks or praise.

Rest in Peace, Charles.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the distinquished service Charles gave to his community and the citizens of Ohio, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 15, 1978.

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

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

March 21, 2009

This young man was one of the finest in a family dedicated to law enforcement. I had just gotten Off-duty and was "bs" ing in dst 5 squad room when chuck and son of out desk man (rider mellon)got this radio run. I can always remember what a zest for life and what a bright future this brave officer taken from all of us surely would have had.

Sgt Ken Schrand (retired)
Cincinnati Police Division

November 11, 2008

Your scumbag killer, Russell W. Bell, has a parole hearing on June 10. We will work hard to keep this filthy maggott in jail were he belongs. Thank you for giving the ultimate to keep Cincinnati safe.

Jon
Friend of a relative

May 31, 2008

"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 © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

December 31, 2007

Officer Burdsall, thank you for your service. Neither you nor your sacrifice will be forgotten.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of Retired LEO

April 26, 2007

Super uncle, wonderful individual, incredibly missed by his entire family.

Joseph Burdsall
nephew

February 20, 2007

Chuck was one of the best partners I had the pleasure of serving the City Of Cincinnati with.. He was above all, a loving husband and father to his wife and boys. He was a very loyal servant to the City of Cincinnati. He was very proud of the Uniform and badge he carried for them. I will never forget that night in 1978 when his untimly death occured. Chuck is just one of the many "Heros" that have fallen in The Line of Duty, protecting the citizens of our city and nation. But now he is in a better place. We all miss him, very much. Chucks death touched the lives of so many people. He was truly loved, and will always be in our hearts...

Philip Schmerr (Reired CPD)
Friend, Partner

July 16, 2006

MERRY CHRISTMAS...

OFFICER JIM GILBERT
COLUMBUS PD

December 24, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

October 20, 2004

Whenever I hear of another lost hero it takes me back to the day we received the call from your dear friend Officer Ron Miller telling us of your sacrific. After all these years I still remember the pain everyone felt when you were taken from us but your dedication, sacrific and smile will always be remembered.

Cherie Doellman

September 1, 2004

Your killer is up for parole, but know that there are many of us out here who are fighting the process as diligently as we can. You are a hero and will never be forgotten.

Cheryl Varner
Daughter of R.W. Varner, Jr. (eow 01/02/89)

CHARLES BURDSALL WAS MY DAD'S PARTNER AND BEST FRIEND..ALWAYS REMEMBERED AND NEVER FORGOTTEN

SON OF RETIRED DIST.5 SPECIALIST HARRY GILBERT
P.O. JIM GILBERT
COLUMBUS PD.

P.O. JIM GILBERT
COLUMBUS DIVISION OF POLICE

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