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Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

Florida Department of Corrections, Florida

End of Watch Sunday, October 12, 1980

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Reflections for Correctional Officer Richard James Burke

It has been over 30 years, and you are not forgotten. You are a hero, and I cannot thank you enough for the job you did protecting the people of the State of Florida. Thank you for your service, and my thoughts are still with your family.

Sergeant B. Wolgast
Florida Department of Corrections

January 7, 2012

My prayers are with the Burke family today as they face another EOW, may God be with you and continue to guide you. Continue to rest in peace CO Burke, we will never forget the sacrifice you made for all of us.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

Deb

October 12, 2011

God Bless You Daddy

Anonymous

October 30, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Meg, I pray for your solace for I know both the pain and pride are forever. I am so sorry that your father has only been able to be with you in spirit for the last thirty years. Death ends a life, but not a relationship as proven by the enduring bond of love between you and your dad.

Rest In Peace, Richard.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

October 12, 2010

I really Miss my Dad >> Ottis Took FROM ME ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PERSON IN MY LIFE Frome me Im now 46 & I still Cry & Miss My Dad !!!!

Meg Burke Harris DelaVega
Daughter

December 27, 2009

"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 10, 2007

On the upcoming anniversary of your passing, we remember you today and thank you Sir for your service.

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

October 10, 2007

At this time of year we celebrate the birth of a Saviour and yet mourn the loss of a saviour. We have a Saviour who made the ultimate sacrifice and we mourn a saviour who made the ultimate sacrifice. Our Saviour lives and this saviour shall live again. Rest In Peace

D. Paul, Special Agent
FBI

December 19, 2006

Correctional Officer's Farewell

We all know it can happen,
When we put our Colors on.
It only takes an instant,
Then one of us is gone.

Day to day we walk our beat,
In God we put our faith.
‘Cause we’re the law inside the wall,
We keep the Public safe.

You’ve done the job that few can do,
Your shift is at an end.
Farewell my Brother, Rest in peace,
On you we could depend.


Lt. Larry Peoples
Florida Department of Corrections

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