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Chief of Police Stephen Evans

Burns Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Monday, October 25, 2021

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Reflections for Chief of Police Stephen Evans


I still don't really know what to say. Your wife and children are so beautiful. Your brothers and sisters miss you. You were cut from a different cloth and you taught me many things. I never imagined that you would be killed so early in your patrol career. I think of you often and am more careful when I do certain things. God decided he needed you more than those of us down here. That's a hard pill to swallow but my faith teaches me that I trust him.
Fidelis ad Mortem my brother who I loved with all of my heart.

Police Officer III D.M Harper-Head

October 28, 2022

It's been one year as of today, and Nicolas has missed you everyday. I tell him all the funny stories that I know about you. I tell him how proud of him you are and that you miss him too. He measures his life against yours and I assure him that he is right on track of where you were at his age. He is so much like you. He tries to mirror your sense of humor and tells me that "Dad would think that is funny" when I just stare at him. I am making certain that he stays in touch with your parents and Phillip. It hasn't been easy for any of us. I am not so angry at you anymore, but I am super jealous that you got to be with our sweet Chloe Sue first. Tell her that Mommy loves her the most. It's all still so unimaginable. Have a good rest.

M of N

October 25, 2022

Well buddy, your name is now on the wall in Topeka and DC. Your wife and children are so beautiful and strong. I got to spend a brief moment with them at the candlelight vigil. You were a very bright light in a dim world, and I doubt you know how much you meant to so many.

I think of you daily and I love and miss you. Please continue to watch over us and keep us safe my dear friend.

Deputy Sheriff D.M Harper-Head Anderson County Sheriff's Office

May 25, 2022


Just wanted you to know Mark Hixon passed away. I'm sure you already know and have connected with him.

Brother, your so loved and so missed.

Deputy Sheriff D.M Harper-Head Anderson County Sheriff's Office

May 3, 2022

I wanted to let the family know I will be riding my bicycle from Overland Park to Topeka in honor of Police Officer Stephen Evans. He will never be forgotten.

Here is the info on the Ride.

Kansas Law Enforcement Ride for the Fallen

The 3rd annual ride is being planned for Thursday May 5, 2022. The starting point will be in Johnson County Kansas and . The ride will end at the fallen officers memorial in Topeka Kansas and a vigil will follow.

Our ride has a special meaning, not only for us as riders, but for those who we ride for. This is so much more than just a bike ride.

Mark Phillips
Johnson County Sheriff's Office

April 29, 2022

Stephen today is 6 months to the day since your EOW.
At times it seems like the news came yesterday. The scar from losing you will never go away but the pain will ease some over time. It too will never be gone completely but maybe that is because we love you so much. Hopefully one day your mom and I will get to hug you again and to see that smiling face. No one can be more proud than we are of you. We love you Stephen.

Mark Evans
Father & Mother

April 25, 2022


Four months have flown by, Your contagious smile and personality still live on. I'm still looking for Australian postal workers driving the wrong way down the road. I know the smiling photo probably drives you nuts but there are those of us who absolutely love it. It catches your ornery side. See you later

Deputy Sheriff D.M Harper-Head Anderson County Sheriff's Office

February 25, 2022

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr.
Assistant Supervisory Air Marshal in Charge (ASAC)
New York Field Office
Federal Air Marshal Service

December 17, 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

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

December 3, 2021

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"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 whose 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

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

November 30, 2021

Thank you for your service, Officer Evans. I am so very sorry that you have left us here all too soon. My prayers of love and support for your family especially, then the Department, friends and community. Thank you. May God reward you richly in His Kingdom.

God Bless
Kim Durham

Kim Durham
Christina Giannone - Police Officer City of Davis

November 29, 2021

Officer Evans, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your parents are experiencing over the loss of their son. May God immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

November 20, 2021


It was an honor to have served with you. I was there for your first shift. I was first on scene for your last. We tried our best for you my friend, but God wanted you more. I picked your parents up from the airport when they got in for the funeral. They were the sweetest. I can definitely see where your sense of humor came from. Rest easy my friend.

Lieutenant Kevin Kichler
Butler County Sheriff's Office

November 8, 2021

Rest in peace Police Officer Stephen Evans, and thank you for your service.

CBP Officer(retired), Luis R Otero
DHS/Bureau Of Customs And Border Protection

November 2, 2021

RIP Officer Evans. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Burns, Butler County and the state of Kansas

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

November 2, 2021

Rest easy brother thank you for your service. May your sacrifice or memory never fade.

#8046 (Retired) Jerry Matalone
Des Moines Iowa Police Department

November 2, 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)

November 2, 2021

So sad to hear the news.

May you rest in peace after having served those around you. My thoughts are with you, your family, fellow officers, and friends.

Reserve Police Officer G. Krystof
Los Angeles Police Department

November 1, 2021

Thank you, Police Officer Stephen Evans, for your service.

My prayers of love and comfort to your family, the Department and all who loved and knew you. My condolances. May God rest and keep you in His peace.


Kim Durham
Christina Giannone - Police Officer City of Davis

November 1, 2021

Officer Evans,

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

November 1, 2021

Rest in Peace Brother.

Arrend B Hoopes
Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office Va.

November 1, 2021

James P Waggle, Jr.

November 1, 2021

Deepest sympathy to the family of Officer Stephan Evans, of the Burns,Police Department, Kansas . May GOD give peace, comfort, and understanding to his family, friends, and associates for their loss. RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre. MTPD (Retire
Red Rose Lodge FOP# 16 Lancaster, County, Pennsylvania

October 30, 2021

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Police Officer Stephen Evans and the extended law enforcement family of the Burns Police Department, Kansas.

End of Watch Monday, October 25, 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 30, 2021

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Officer Evans. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Burns Police Department.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

October 29, 2021

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