Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Lieutenant William Oscar McMurtray, III

Burke County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021

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Reflections for Lieutenant William Oscar McMurtray, III

Sheriff Brad Swain, along with the deputies & staff of MCSO, offer our heartfelt sympathy to your entire department and to the family of your fallen Officer, Lt. William McMurtray.
May the outpouring of support and encouragement you receive from agencies both near and far, provide you with peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Liane Johnson, #53-66
Monroe County Sheriff's Office

December 8, 2021

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

"Semper Fi"

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

December 3, 2021

Rest in Peace, good and faithful public servant.
God has already reserved a special place for our peacemakers.
Please continue your careful and diligent watch over us.
When Law Enforcement perishes, a proud and grateful nation mourns.
Thank you for your heroic sacrifice!
Thank you for your selfless service!
Thank you for your guardian protection!

Our prayers to the family and department.

Charles F. Holloway, Jr.
Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
Elizabethtown Police Department

November 12, 2021

Mac was a great officer, husband, father and friend. He will be sorely missed.

Deputy Mark Steele
Burke County Sheriff’s Office

November 5, 2021

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service. God's speed sir.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin State Conservation Warden & State Trooper (Retired)

October 27, 2021

Although never meeting, you’ve served the community where I grew up and my family continues to live. For that, I am eternally grateful. See you on the other side.

Deputy Ethan Rendleman
Perry County Sheriff’s Office, MO

October 26, 2021

Rest in Peace Lieutenant William Oscar McMurtray, III! Thank you for your 13 years of service with the Burke County Sheriff's Office, in North Carolina and for your service with the United States Marine Corps. We are all thankful to you for your service, your devotion and your sacrifices, and also to your family and friends for their sacrifices. Our hearts break for your wife and three daughters during this tragedy, and we want them to know that you will never be forgotten! Our thoughts and Prayers go out to the rest of your family and to all of your sisters and brothers in Blue that protect us. God bless you all!! (Matthew5:9)l

Kelly & Eddie King

October 26, 2021

LT. McMurtray,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain
Pittsburgh PD

October 24, 2021

McMurtray family and friends may God grant all of you with a speedy healing. Lt. McMurtray thank you for your service to your Country, Community and Department. Most of all thank you for your Ultimate Sacrifice in the Line of Duty.

Rudy Jones ( Retired )
Former Reserve Sgt Cuyahoga Falls Ohio Police Dept.

October 23, 2021

Psalm 15
God bless.
Rest in peace brother.

Correctional Officer Paul Schanno
Hennepin County (Minneapolis)- Adult Corrections Facility

October 22, 2021

Lieutenant McMurtray, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. It took a small virus to take your life. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

October 22, 2021

Go rest high on that mountain
Son your work on earth is done
Go to heaven a shoutin
Love for the Father and the Son


Sgt. Fowler
Burke County Jail

October 21, 2021

Thank you for your service.

Dmytro Goloborodko

October 21, 2021

RIP Brother.

Captain Scott Rogers, Retired
Burke County Sheriff's Office

October 21, 2021

deepest condolences to the officer's family and friends

Randal Glenn
Canada Border Services Officer retired

October 21, 2021

It still doesn’t feel real brother. Thanks for the memories. We love you man.

Deputy Caleb Greene
Burke County Sheriff’s Office

October 21, 2021

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Lieutenant, William Oscar McMurtray, III, from complications of the COVID-19 Virus. It is always a huge loss when a fellow Lieutenant succumbs from this deadly virus. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed. We thank Lieutenant McMurtray, III, for his service as a United States Marine Corps Veteran.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

October 21, 2021

Rest in peace Brother.....My thoughts are with your family, friends, and the members of your agency during this most difficult and tragic time.....

LT. Joseph Ward, Ret
Jackson, NJ PD

October 21, 2021

Lieutenant William Oscar McMurtray, III, thank you for your service to America and the citizens of Burke County. May God watch over you, your family, friends and all members of the Thin Blue Line during this most difficult time.

"In Valor There is Hope"

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

October 21, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Lieutenant William Oscar McMurtray, III and the extended law enforcement family of the Burke County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina.

End of Watch Monday, October 11, 2021.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

October 20, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and coworkers of Lieutenant William McMurtray. I am truly sorry for your loss. The service and sacrifice of Lieutenant McMurtray to this nation and the people of North Carolina will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

October 20, 2021

Rest in Peace Lieutenant McMurtray. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

October 20, 2021

RIP Mac. It was an honor to work alongside of you while at the City on the same shift and then under you when I worked on your shift at the Sheriffs Office.

Sergeant Joseph Beaver
Morganton Department of Public Safety

October 20, 2021

Mac you were more then a friend you were truly a brother. I will never forget the knowledge you shared with me over the years and all the laughs we shared as well. You will truly be missed brother. Rest easy 160 we've got it from here

Danny Stephens detention
Burke County Sheriff's office

October 20, 2021

RIP Lieutenant McMurtray. Thank you for your service to the Country and the citizens of Burke County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

October 20, 2021

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