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Police Officer John P. Burns

Baltimore City Police Department, Maryland

End of Watch Wednesday, January 7, 1931

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Reflections for Police Officer John P. Burns

No passage of time can ever erase your service and sacrifice. Rest in peace always.

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

January 7, 2021

Officer Burns,
On today, the 90th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Baltimore. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

January 7, 2021

My Dad, Robert L Hosier, who was a retired Baltimore City Police Officer passed away on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. He was the son-in-law of Margaret Burns who was the widow of John P. Burns who also was a Baltimore City Officer who was killed in the line of duty on January 7, 1931. May God protect and care for them and their loved ones who have passed on.

Robyn Hofferbert
Daughter of Robert Hosier and Granddaughter of John Burns

May 11, 2014

John P. Burns was my grandfather. He was killed in the line of duty when my mother was 6 years old. My grandmother never got over it. She had high blood pressure all her life and died of a stroke when she was 68. I wish I had known him because all reports are that he was a good police officer and a fine human being. I lost my Mom this last October to an infection when she had a knee replacement. I hope and pray that she and her parents are together in heaven.

Robyn Hofferbert, John's Granddaughter

January 22, 2012

Your heroism and service is honored today, the eighty-first 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 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
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 7, 2012

Last month, my Mom, who was John's daughter, passed away suddenly after an infection that set-in after knee surgery. My Mom was about 4 1/2 years old at the time of his death. She had very vague memories of him.

My Mom was one of the kindest and caring people that I have ever known. My greatest hope this holiday season is that my Mom , my Grandfather and my Grandmother are all reunited in heaven.

Robyn Hofferbert, John's Granddaughter

November 28, 2011



January 1, 2008

John P. Burns was my grandfather. I never met him because he was killed in the line of duty when my mother was only 5 years old. My mother has heard through the years from old-timers that he was a wonderful person and a fine police officer. I have newspaper clippings from his death. My grandmother collapsed at the state funeral presided over by Governor Ritchie. It must have been a very sad time for all who remember it. With God's grace, I hope one day we can all be reunited.

March 29, 2006

We ask Thy blessings and eternal rest to all our brothers and sisters
Who have sacrificed their very lives in the performance of
their duties. Give their loved ones the peace and
Strength to bear the anguish of their loss. Remove all
resentment from their hearts, knowing that eternal
peace and rest will abide their departed loved ones
forever. This we beg, Thy name forever and ever,

Ret. Officer William Hackley
Baltimore Police

December 7, 2005

Officer Burns,

You died a hero... You are not forgotten..

God Bless

Retired Detective
Baltimore County Police

January 7, 2004

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