Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Milligan Ray Burk

McKinney Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Friday, January 30, 1970

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Reflections for Patrolman Milligan Ray Burk

Rest in peace Patrolman Burk.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 20, 2022

Rest In Peace on the 50 anniversary in heaven

Mark Mottola

January 30, 2020

Patrolman Burk,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of McKinney. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 30, 2020

Rest In Peace Brother in Blue. You are honored and remembered on the 50th anniversary of your EOW. Always remembered.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret.)
Upland Police Dept. CA

January 30, 2020

My name is Betty Phillips I am the twin sister of Ray Burk our birthday next week and the hurt is still with me we will be 79 year old He was a loving brother always wanted to keep me safe He never let me forget he was the oldest (5 MINS) so that made him my boss I love you and miss you everyday Ray

Betty Phillips
twin sister

July 20, 2018

Officer Burk was my Uncle. We all called him Uncle Son. He was a good man. I was but a boy of 10 when he ended his watch but I do have fond memories. I have driven on and taken pictures of the street the city of McKinney has named in your honor. It makes me very proud to know there is a Taylor Burk Drive.

Rest in Peace Uncle Son.

Robert Phillips

July 19, 2018

I was the other officer. We were shot with an RG 22 pistol. We didn’t know the suspect and the man who shot us had been in a gunfight. We thought the man who shot us was a victim.

Captain Tommy Ashley, retired

January 31, 2018

I look at your photo each time I pass it at the PD. I study your face and I think your last day may have started like today. This ritual keeps me alert, and brings me home to my family.

To your family, If you need anything, please look me up.

Officer Aaron Self
McKiney Police Department

June 19, 2016

To the Captain who was there that night, thank you for remembering. I see you posted on date of the anniversary of his death. I am Ray's daughter, would you consider emailing the details to me? [email protected]

Thank you.


February 11, 2014

I was with you that night. Some of the details are wrong but it's essentially correct. It's been 44 years but I remember you like yesterday.

Plano Texas Police/ McKinney Texas Police

January 30, 2014

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 42nd anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I hold your family in my heart's embrace today.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 30, 2012

You are dearly missed. I wasn't born then.. but rest in peace. We are carrying on your watch... See you in heaven

Officer S. A. Mohamad
Venus PD

June 18, 2011


I still miss you and still think about you. Your death left us all damaged. I love you and am proud of your dedication. You were my Daddy and I am still you daughter. Honestly I think of you daily.


No Rank

August 19, 2009

Officer Burk, I thank you for your service and pray that I see you one day at the pearly gate...

To the family - If you ever need something, find me at the PD.

Sgt. Norton
McKinney PD

May 13, 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
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

February 14, 2008



January 27, 2008

You would have been long retired by now, but you life took a different route. I have no idea what the court and prison system in Texas was thinking of when they released the individual from prison that caused so much pain to those that loved you and ended so many dreams. You have not been forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 24, 2008

You are a true hero. Rest in peace brother.

K. Mcgee
Murphy PD

September 12, 2006

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

A hero never dies....

Rest in peace, hero.

December 20, 2004

Officer Burk,thank you for your service and sacrifice to our community

Sergeant Mark Moyle
McKinney Police Department

October 2, 2004


It is an honor to be the first to leave a reflection to your memory. You died a hero sir and we will not forget. Rest in peace Officer Burk.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

June 4, 2004

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