Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer George Clifford Burnette, III

East Point Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch Saturday, July 16, 1966

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Reflections for Officer George Clifford Burnette, III

Thank you for your service, both military and police, and please know that your sacrifice will never be forgotten. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 16, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Burnette.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 20, 2019

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

September 17, 2017

I remember George, and John as well as Joe Feeney. I remember that game, I was not on base for Georges homer. John Parker, remember our football team? We were pretty good. Ed Leber, of Philadelphia loved to run and catch. I was only a just in case, not quite good enough to play with you and George. George was a good friend, we laughed, and cried together. I was Transferred to Fort Hood Tx in spring of 65, Regards, Paul

SFC Paul Putnam, Hq,Hq Btry Iii corps
Retired, General Dynamics, June 2013

July 17, 2016

George - You were certainly one of a kind! A smile that melted down the toughest, a word that really meant something, and a friend to the end! We were in a fast-pitch softball game for III Corps Arty, Hq & Hq Btry in the Spring of 1964 and you had just hit a grandslam and were being mobbed, rightfully so by our team, and still, while I was next at bat. I also hit a homer, which was un-noticed by many. As I took my lonely trot around the bases, my knock seemed so second-fiddle to yours. As the game progressed and you found out later, you made it a point to come over and congratulate me - what a moment for me! You were a "very special guy!" I also served with Joe Feeney (above in the comments) and my memories are still very fond and frequent of those times. You are etched in my mind forever - rest easy my friend...

Sgt E5 John Parker
Retired CitiFinacial 2003

June 13, 2012

Hello George. The last time you, and I were together was August 12, 1964, when we were asigned to radio section HQ Btry III Corp Arty Ft Chaffee Arkansas. August 12th, was my discharge day, and I said my good bye's to every one a few days earlier. I remember the time you stated that you played baseball in the Chicago Cubs organization. That took a lot of talent.

I believe you arrived to my barracks in June 1964, after I returned from Desert Strike maneuvers in Arizona. All the guys took to you right away, for you had that 24/7 smile. Do you remember dancing down the barracks floor wearing only a towel heading toward the showers while Smokey Robinson & The Miracles song Mickey's Monkey was playing on the radio?

The next time I saw you was in the spring 1967, when I was shopping at a food store in Philadelphia. I picked up a magazine called Front Page Detective, and while looking through the magazine I came across a photo of a Police Officer who was shot, and killed some where near Atalanta. I recognize your face immediately, and was shocked to read a story on how you were killed by a low life. I kept the article all these years, and still have it.

I also, went into law enforcement, and worked for the Philadelphia PD for fifteen years, and twenty one years as a Detective with the Prosecutors Office, for a total of thirty six years, retiring in 2003.

Approximately twelve years ago I found a list of former HQ Btry soldiers from October 1963, and for four years I did a lot of research from this list and located names like Dave Vermillion, Randy Panetta, John Parker, Chuck McGowan, Roger Decker, Don Falk, Bill Atkins, Hardy Gibson, Frank Lightfoot, Roger Easterling, Mark Westermeyer, Jake Jacobs, and others who you remember. I sent all those that I located mementoes of items I kept which include the story about you from the story in Front Page Detective Magazine.

As you see, you haven't been forgotten, and many others who you served with in the Army know the outcome of your short time on Gods earth.

George, you will be forever young, and may you continue to rest in peace.

Police Officer & Detective, J. Feeny
Army, Phila P/D, & Prosecutors Office

June 11, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Burnette. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 25, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 44th 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.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 16, 2010

To Officer George Burnette III,& Family,
I lost my father by the hands of the same person who took Officer Burnette, and my grief is shared w/ your loss. I was 8 then, now 50, and its a loss that is felt from the soul today, as deeply as was then. I will keep close to my heart, the loss of your life, and speak softly your name, along w/ my fathers. You will live forever in my days and nights, for the sacrifice was great. Thanks for your service Officer Burnette III.
In Loving Memory,
Melanie Ann Puckett Stephens

Melanie Ann Puckett Stephens
Daughter of Jonny Ferrell Puckett Sr.

April 17, 2008

Officer Burnette,
On today, the 40th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of East Point. I think it's a travesty of justice that your murderer only served 10 years in a mental hospital.



July 16, 2006

Saint Michael, heaven's glorious commissioner of police,who once so neatly and successfully cleared God's premisesof all its undesirables, look with kindly and professionaleyes on your earthly force.

Give us cool heads, stout hearts, and uncanny flair for investigation and wise judgment.

Make us the terror of burglars, the friend of children and law-abiding citizens, kind to strangers, polite to bores, strict with law-breakers and impervious to temptations.

You know, Saint Michael, from your own experiences with the devil, that the police officer's lot on earth is not always a happy one; but your sense of duty that so pleased God, your hard knocks that so surprised the devil, and your angelic self-control give us inspiration.

And when we lay down our night sticks, enroll us in your heavenly force, where we will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of all the people. Amen.

Det Sgt C. L. Israel
East Point Police Department, Ga

December 2, 2003

Rest easy my brother in blue.
The watch is ours now.

God Bless.

Ptlm. D.W. Reichhardt
Virginia State University Police Department

It just doesn't seem fair. To lose these officers and the way they were lost just hurts. I didn't know Clifford but he was a brother officer and I love him.
Christopher W. Sager// Ret: Kansas City Missouri Police Department.

Ret. Officer Christopher W. Sager

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