Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer John Thomas Burnette

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Tuesday, October 5, 1993

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Reflections for Police Officer John Thomas Burnette

Thinking of you John. I carry your memory with me on every patrol. I know that you are happy in heaven with our Father but everyone from the old ADAM 2 misses you and Andy tremendously!

Officer Taylor Smarr
Vancouver, Washington Police Dept

October 5, 2012

John, not a day goes by that you are not remembered and thought of. You were such a true blessing from God to our family. We miss you and love you so much, and look forward to seeing you again one day. I love you, your cousin Shelley!

Shelley Watts

October 6, 2011

You are not forgotten! You and Andy will always be in our hearts. Will see you again someday. RIP Brother

Patrolman M. D. Whitlock
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Dept

April 19, 2011

Still think of you everyday. This week in Tampa 2 policemen were killed all the saddness of 10-5-93 came rushing back. I will never forget all the nice you did for me and the kids. I still think of and love you!!


Windy Abernethy

July 1, 2010

John, I still think of you and Andy often, of the days when I worked with you guys while I trained you both on the range. I remember that night and how I wish it never happened, we have lost too many and they all have been fine officers. I'll be seeing you one day my friend.

Ken Hancock
CMPD (ret)

November 12, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 16th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service to my home state and the birthplace of my son. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya


October 8, 2009

RIP Brother, you will always be in our thoughts and prayers at CMPD.

Howard Mitchell

October 5, 2009

It’s almost been 15 years since that tragic night. I remember meeting both Burnette and Nobles a week before they were killed. I was only 6 years old; we were at a birthday party for a kid in my neighborhood whose parents were officers with CMPD. I remember how kind they were to me and how they talked to me all afternoon. I told them I waned to be a policeman. Now it’s been 15 years and I am graduating from Basic Law Enforcement Training. I remembered these officers every time I thought a test or PT would break me. I remembered how dedicated to the job they were and I kept going for them. I will never forget these two officers who made such an impression on a six year old boy. Thanks, you’re my heroes.

Robert Medlin
BLET student

September 26, 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

December 26, 2007

You are remembered todayand thank you Sir for your service,

pat Van Den berghe

October 14, 2007

My prayers are with you and your family on this anniversary.

Former N.H. Police Officer
Fauquier County, VA

October 5, 2007



October 5, 2007

God Bless your family. You and Officer Nobles are true heroes to the great city of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Cpl. J.W. Lowder
Union County Sheriff's Office
Monroe, North Carolina

Cpl. J.W. Lowder
Union County Sheriff's Office

July 12, 2007

John it has been almost 14 years since you left us. God Bless you for the sacrifice you made. You are not forgotten.

Sgt. Jim May
CMPD (ret)

April 17, 2007

Now you have two of your CMPD brothers to show the ropes up there. I hope you get them whipped into shape. We all down here need as many guardian angels as we can get. God knows only his reasons for what he does. I hope your family has healed some in the last 14 years. I will never forget you and the sacrifice that you made.

Sleep with Angels, my brother

Deputy MA Burgess
Henderson County, NC Sheriff's Department

April 4, 2007

Heroes like you,who sacrifice their lives to save ours deserve all respect,thank you.

Teache Badr omar

February 14, 2007


Sergant M Medlin
union county sheriff's office

February 8, 2007

You did make a difference...Thank You. Rest in peace my friend.


January 7, 2007

Rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 10, 2006

There's not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or see somewhere that we were together. Its ironic that I had seen you 2 weeks prior to this incident with your dad in a place I didn't expect to see at. I wish I had that day back to say I still loved you and that I was sorry. I miss you so much and I know that you hear whats in my heart.
I always think back to that day when my own brother goes on duty. I wonder what if.... but if he dies he will die doing what he loves.
We all miss you dearly.

Tamara Herring

December 4, 2006

It's hard to believe that it's been 13 years since John Burnette and Andy Nobles were killed in the line of duty. I knew John for a relatively short time, but I quickly came to respect what a good person he was. Ironically, just days before his death, I asked him if he worried about the dangers of being a police officer, and his response was that he loved the job, and the people he served so much, that the fear just sort of faded into the background. His sense of service to his community should be an inspiration to all, and it should be a mission that we all carry on for him.

John Southwick

October 6, 2006

Officer Burnette you are a hero. May God continue to bless you and your loved ones. Rest in peace my brother.

State Constable J.L. Green
S.C. State Constables

October 5, 2006


Everyday that I go to work, I think of you. I do my best, as do my colleagues, to help prevent any more pictures on the wall of honor.

RIP, brother, and know that your sacrifice is remembered by many, and you and your family will always be heroes to me.

"And when he gets to Heaven,
to St. Peter he will tell:
'One more soldier reporting, Sir,
I've served my time in Hell.'"

Telecommunicator James Andrews

June 21, 2006

To a legend that will never be forgotten. I have had the honor to work with your comrads and friends that think so highly of you. Not a day goes by at CMPD that you are not remembered.
We have had a recent scare of a fellow officer that was shot in the head by a suspect while serving a warrant. By the grace of God and his angels above, his life was spared!
Thank You for watching over him!!

CMPD Officer's wife

April 23, 2006

I remember the day you died. I was a student at Wingate University, your alma mater. I knew many of your friends and they all spoke so highly of you. I remember being disappointed because I never got to meet you. Now, I do what you do. Your sacrifice reminds me to be as careful as can, but to be ready if it is my time.
You were a good man and a credit to the college motto of Faith, Knowledge, Service.

Deputy MA Burgess
Henderson County, NC Sheriff's Department

February 15, 2006

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