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4/30/08- East Texas

Learning More About East Texas Trooper Killed In The Line Of Duty

Trooper Scott Burns was recently married. He and his wife have a 6 month old baby girl. KLTV 7's Courtney Lane talked to close friends and colleagues Wednesday, who all say Trooper Burns lived his life serving and helping others and will be greatly missed.

"A piece of America died and that's the truth," said Jefferson Chief of Police Gary Amburn.  "He was just that kind of person."

Law enforcement is in anger and a family is in mourning. Trooper Scott Burns grew up working at his parent's feed store in Linden.

"He was always smiling and always cheerful," said Amburn. 

He was also a proud dad.

"Scott came in with his pictures," said Deronda Riley, who worked with Trooper Burns as a dispatcher.  "I think he was a very good family man. He was very loving of his new baby and very excited about that."

Chief Amburn knew Trooper Burns since he was a little boy, and was not at all surprised when he chose to protect and serve.

"He was always the first one there, willing to help in anything," said Amburn.

"I think he got a lot of gratification from getting criminals off the road and off the streets,"
 said Riley.  "Getting drunks off the street before they could kill someone."

He would also make a number of drug busts.

"He was really a credit to his profession and the state of Texas was lucky to get him," said Amburn. 

Wearing black bands around their badges in remembrance and communities already setting up funds to help his grieving family.

"They're going to need a lot of support and a lot of prayers," said Riley.  "A young wife and a young baby that's never going to know her dad."

But his baby girl will know the love and heroic bravery of this East Texas protector, whose life was taken too soon.

A funeral service for Trooper Scott Burns has been arranged for this Saturday, May 3rd at 2 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of Linden. A visitation service will be Friday evening at 6 at the church fellowship hall.

Courtney Lane, Reporting  clane@kltv.com

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