Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Michael W. Burson, Sr.

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Saturday, June 23, 1990

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Reflections for Police Officer Michael W. Burson, Sr.

I loved serving with him as a fellow motorman. He was kind, happy, and helpful. His memory lives on in my heart.

Ronald W. Rauth
Orlando Police Officer

June 27, 2019

What a great man. He always had a smile. I enjoyed working with him for years at OPD. He is missed and loved.

Lt. Deborah Beavers Driscoll, Ret, R/O
Orlando Police Department

June 20, 2019

I was just sitting here thinking of all the fun we had growing up and
about the trips and vacations we had together after we grew up
I can't believe its been almost 26 years since you left us. Hope you and dad will be waiting for us when its our turn

wendell burson

February 3, 2016

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 23, 2015

Twenty five years have passed and still think of you. It's amazing the impact that you and so many others at OPD had on my life.
I'm still out here practicing the lessons you taught me.
As a matter of fact I'm watching traffic right now.

Angel L. Rodriguez Jr MPO/Master Deputy
Orlando PD/Union County SO NC

June 5, 2015

I have not forgotten you Mike. All this time has passed and I still think of that day.
I'll see you on the other side.

Master Police Officer Angel L Rodriguez
Orlando Police Department/Friend and Co worker

June 11, 2014

I still remember his smile and what a wonderful guy he was! Blessings to those he left behind

pfc Allen Jenkins
Orlando PD Retired 2006

June 23, 2013

To fully appreciate the heroes of the present, we must recognize our heroes of the past. Your heroism and service is honored today, the 22nd 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. Rest In Peace

I pray for the solace of all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace. Thanjks to your friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

June 23, 2012

We will never forget the sacrifice that Officer Burson made for all of us. May you continue to rest in peace sir. May God continue to watch over and guide your family each and every day.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

June 23, 2012

Michael was a good friend and fellow officer. He was always very positive and fun to be around. He took his job seriously and was very fair in dealing with the public. It was a sad day when I found out he had passed, he will be missed.

Paul Barker - Officer 1971 to 1979
Orlando Police

May 13, 2012

Michael was one of the good officers serving on the Orlando Police Department. He always had a smile on his face. He went above and beyond the call of duty. Mike really enjoyed his work as an OPD motor officer. He looked forward to going to work every day. He was one of the finest and is really missed.

Charles Rahn, POFC
Orlando Police

February 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Burson. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 14, 2012

I remember the day you died. It was a shock. I was used to seeing all the motorcycle officers when they came to the rear parts room for wax. I liked you. You were friendly and caused no problems. I have often thought of you and your family

dean horne
retired property clerk/purchasing dept.

September 25, 2011

Mike, I too miss you & think of you often. I miss your teasing and your big grin afterwards, LOL! Your children have grown up and into wonderful, beautiful adults. Love to you always...

Barbara Johnson Simpson
Younger Sister of 1st wife Cindy

September 23, 2011

God didn’t promise days without pain, laughter without sorrow, sun without rain; but He did promise strength for the day, comfort for the tears and light for the way.

Rest in peace.

Michelle - wife of US Marshal

May 10, 2010

Officer Burson, we all thank-you for brave service. Rest in Peace.

Lt. Stephen A. Joy #980
Prince George's County Police Department, Maryland

April 28, 2010

"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 15, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

June 19, 2007

I still find it hard to believe that you're gone. You were one of Orlando's best. I look forward to seeng you again cruising those streets of gold.
Miss ya bro,

MPO Howard Yates
Orlando PD retired

February 9, 2006

Mike and I went through the academy together. He was a great person and touched many lives in a positive fashion. I will miss Mike; he was an important part of a great time of my life.

Jay Staub
Orlando PD

February 9, 2006

Remembering you on your anniversary. Didn’t know so many were lost on 6/23 until one of our own was lost. You will never be forgotten.


June 23, 2004

I recall attending this man's funeral in Orlando as a member of our honor guard. Rest in peace, sir. GOD bless you and your family.

Deputy Sheriff
POLK County Sheriff's Office, Florida

January 15, 2004


You're in my head every day! I know you're talking to me. I hope I'm answering you in the right ways. You are my guardian angel, I know it!

You'll always be in my heart!

Officer Trina Richardson
Orlando police Dept.

Mike Burson was a friend of mine and I enjoyed serving with him with the Orlando Police Department. I remember the call going out on the radio about an officer being down. I was saddened to hear about his passing. He always had a smile on his face.

Charles Rahn, POFC
Orlando Police Department

Rest in peace motorman.

Inv. Michael Walker
Tallahasseer Police Department

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