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Service Honors Fallen Game Warden

They remembered the loss of their own, and had a moment of silence for Trooper Burns who was killed in the line of duty just a few days ago. 

 "It's tragic. All of us recognize that we can face that at any time when we are working," said Malcom Wilkes, Captain Game Warden, TGWA President.

"Once you put this badge on you don't take it for granted," said Dwayne Havis, Game Warden, Aviation Unit.

Havis's fiance used to work with Burns and the news of his death has been devastating.

"Unfortunately there are some bad people out there and you can't help it. They are always going to be there," said Havis, "No matter if a Police Officer, Sheriff Deputy or DPS or Texas Rangers or Game Warden you are all the same family. You wear different uniforms."

A job Game Warden Teyron Patterson who died May 31, 2007 in the flood waters did proudly.

"In a strange way God used our son to be friendly and nice and be a peace officer," said Teyron's Father Joe Patterson.

His parents said the news of Scott Burns' death brought back terrible memories.

"When you hear that it really hurts. It brings home the pain of losing your loved one. I plan to reach out to them to help support them in this time of need," said Burns. 

 "We all work toward bettering the State of Texas and protecting the communities we live in," said Wilkes.

As one man said in his closing remarks quoting John "Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends."

Sixteen Texas Game Wardens have died in the line duty.

Danielle Capper, Reporting


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