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Trooper Todd Allen Burman

Indiana State Police, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, July 29, 1993

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Reflections for Trooper Todd Allen Burman

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

July 29, 2020


I was one of your Trooper Trainers. Although you only rode with me a few short days that smile and sense of humor will be everlasting. You did what every other Trooper would have done. You wanted to be the first officer in that doorway. You didn't hesitate, you took the lead and did your job. You will always be my hero, my brother in arms and my friend. I pray you are in Gods loving presence.

Doug Kelly, M/Trp Ret.
Indiana State Police

July 11, 2019

Rest in Peace, Trooper Todd. A true, dedicated servant !

Carl Gerdovich, 94.1 WGFA News
Radio News, WGFA, Watseka

July 29, 2015

Remembering you today Todd!

Lori Weimer
Friend/ coworker

July 29, 2015

Todd, We went to the academy together, laughed together and spent a lot of time pondering the future! I love you and your family more than I can say! Now that our 25 years on the ISP nears, I reflect back on our friendship and think what good times could have been in the future! But instead, I am thankful for the time we spent together and the bond that your father and I have gained over those 25 short, fast years! I love you Todd and will always honor your bravery!!

Master Trooper Scott Balch
Indiana state Police

May 8, 2015

Thank you Todd for your service and most importantly your friendship. You were the best friend a kid could of ever hoped for. I have such great memories of living in Kentland and growing up together. I think of you often and all the fun we had. I sure miss you.

Greg Kirkham
Childhood/School Friend

March 18, 2015

Tonight, I received the Todd A. Burman scholarship award for Carroll County. When I applied for this award, I looked up Todd and found that he was an amazing cop as well as an amazing person. I will be pursuing criminal justice while in college with hopes to enter law enforcement. It is a GREAT honor to receive a scholarship in honor of Todd, to help pursue my dreams in criminal justice. It would have been amazing to meet and talk with Todd and I wish I would have had that chance. I just want to thank those who give the scholarship, for opening my eyes to the story of trooper Todd Burman, and for allowing me to have the honor of receiving his scholarship.

Alyson Smith

May 31, 2014

It has been almost 20 years and we still remember that smile. Todd, you were a great friend and working partner with the ISP. I think of you often.

Sergeant Kim Riley
Indiana State Police

July 9, 2013

Rest in Peace, Trooper Burman. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 17, 2013

18 years ago tonight. It doesn't seem that long ago. It is still so vivid. God bless you Todd.

Indiana State Police

July 29, 2011

Your heroism and service is honored today, the seventeenth 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. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. In reading your reflections, I can see you made an impact on the lives of many people and that you were well respected. I have always liked the quote "It is not how they died that is important. It is how they lived." Your character seems to exemplify that quote.
Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

July 29, 2010

I still think of the short time we spent together - crossing the median on I-65 with you saying "I think we can make it!!" and then seeing mud and water over the windshield, late night meetings in the middle of nowhere in Carroll County, our eerily similar sense of humor (not always appreciated by everyone else!), many other stories, and just simply how great of a guy you were. I think of you almost daily, and know that you are looking out for all of us with a badge - like you always did when you were here. Always watching out for other people and officers, and leaving a lasting and dear memory with me.

I left law enforcement shortly after your passing; but as I put the uniform back on again, you will always be in my mind as a constant reminder of what an officer should be - fair, honest, brave, and willing to help out however and whenever possible.

Thank you, Todd.


June 23, 2010

Trooper Burman you will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Michigan State Police

July 29, 2009

Trooper Burman you will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family.

Michigan State Police

July 29, 2009

Remembering you this day and everyday. Rest in Peace Todd.

Dep. Randy Bennett
Henry County Sheriff's Dept. (Indiana)

July 29, 2008

Today is the 15th anniversary of your EOW. Time has not diminished your
service nor sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


July 29, 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
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

October 23, 2007

God Bless Trooper Burman's family, friends and the ISPD. Todd will never be forgotten!

Ret. PO
City of Miami PD Fla.

September 25, 2007

With Gary's passing I have thought of you often. He was the first one that I called as soon as I was told of you being killed. I knew that he once worked with you and your dad and I knew he would have wanted to know about you right away. I can't believe it's been 13 years since that night. I still remember those mind numbing days during the 48th and those advantures on I-65 like they were yesterday. Keep a watch over us brother and we will keep a watch over your family. By the way, I saw your nephew over a year ago and there is no doubt the girls will be chasing him.

Sgt. Shana Kennedy
Indiana State Police

September 3, 2006

Our Greatest Fear
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
"Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again, I hold back a tear.
They patrol in the state, city, county and town,
in uniforms colored white, green, blue and brown.
The shape of their badges may vary,
but it’s a symbol that they all, proudly carry.
They leave for work with a kiss goodbye,
but some don’t come home, no matter how hard they try.
To uphold the law is the job that they pick,
with such high aspirations, why must some die so quick?
They leave behind loved ones, family and friends,
after their lives have met tragic ends.
Some die in crashes, others hearts not too stout,
too many have been lost when gunshots ring out.
Our Heavenly Father has called them home,
no more these dark streets do they roam.
Through trial and error they have given their best,
please Lord, now grant them eternal rest.
Yet once again the Thin Blue Line is diminished,
an officer’s final tour of duty is finished.
" Officer down", it’s our greatest fear,
and once again I hold back a tear.

Master Trooper Dave “Stumpy” Miller

Indiana State Police Dist 13

December 19, 2005

"The path of the Warrior is lifelong, and mastery is often simply staying on the path."

Thank you for helping us stay on the path. You shall not be forgotten.

65th Indiana State Police Recruit
Indiana State Police

December 3, 2005

My dear brother Todd,
I sit here with tears streaming down my cheeks as I look at your picture. It's been 12 years and I can remember it as if it were yesterday. We miss you terribly. We miss your sense of humor, your ability to make everyone laugh and your story telling was the best! And especially your laugh! Your name sake, Ethan Todd, is a lot like you. He's 3-1/2 now and Mom tells me all the time how much he reminds her of you. Both fearless, always trying new things, and let's not even mention the mischievous! I truly believe you had a hand in sending Ethan to me. I think you knew that he was exactly what I needed, a beautiful son who has enriched my life so much. I can't wait until Ethan is old enough to understand why we named him after you and I know he'll be so proud of you, just like the rest of us are!
We love and miss you!!

Julie, Mike and Ethan Todd

October 10, 2005

12 years ago today you were taken from us. Thank you for being my guardian angel since then. God bless and watch over all of us so that we may carry on the tradition of the State Police.

A friend

July 29, 2005

Todd. You are still a Dear Friend and I think of our fun times at the academy. You are in my thoughts every day! Please take care of my Kim, as I try to take care of your family! Love Scott

Master Trooper Scott Balch
Indiana State Police

December 22, 2004


I remember the night of your tragic death. Upon my arrival at the scene you should have seen how the different departments worked together to process the scene. You would have been proud.

It has been almost 11 years since your death but it is burned into my memory like it was yesterday.

We will not forget you nor your good deeds you performed in protecting and serving the citizens of Indiana in the tradition of the Indiana State Police.

Sergeant Mike Nichols
Indiana State Police

June 12, 2004

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