Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Butko, Jr.

Allegheny County Sheriff's Office, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Thursday, September 29, 1983

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Edward M. Butko, Jr.

Rest In Peace always and know that your service and sacrifice are always remembered.

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

September 29, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Butko.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 7, 2020

Officer Ed Butko Jr.,
I met you in 1982 my friend and I were volunteers for the Easter Seal Telethon. We were on a break, actually we were exhausted and we were sitting down in the lobby, you walked in with your uniform on and we started a conversation. We talked at least an hour. We become friends. We went together to see the movie "The China Syndrome ". I was so impressed with you, your integrity, your commitment and your bravery !
On the morning of the day that you went home to be with Jesus, I had a terrible feeling in my stomach, it was a feeling that I had only experienced once before and that was when my mother went home to Jesus. That evening watching the news I learned of your journey home. I was in shock and devastated. I think of you often, I pray for your family both at home and on the force. It's heart breaking that you left us all so early. Thank you Ed for the precious gift of your time that we were all blessed to receive.

Susan Arndt
Friend

May 2, 2016

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 30th anniversary year 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 Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg (CA) officer Larry Lasater

August 10, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 7, 2013

RIP brother Edward.

May God bless and watch over your family, co-workers and friends.

Ptlm D. Bevenour
Gettysburg PD

May 2, 2010

Deputy Butko Jr. your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 9, 2008

"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

January 15, 2008

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, REST IN PEACE.

N.J. TROOPER
NEW JERSEY STATE POLICE

August 21, 2007

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COMMUNITY. REST IN PEACE.

THOMAS A. WALDEN
ROANE COUNTY 911

July 21, 2005

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