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Funeral Held For Fallen State Trooper

Hundreds of people filled the First Baptist Church in Linden Saturday afternoon, to remember fallen Trooper Scott Burns.  Burns was shot and killed Tuesday night after a high speed chase near Lake O' the Pines in Marion County.  Those that knew him say his life revolved around making East Texas safer.

Officers came from all over Texas, and as far away as South Dakota and Washington state, Saturday to the small town of Linden, to give their final salute to Trooper Burns.

"It's always one of the hardest things is a police funeral," said Gladewater Police Chief Farrell Alexander.  "It's hard on families.  It's hard on departments and officers because we are a family."

"It's an honor to participate in this ceremony," said Shreveport Police Officer Marcus Hines.  "I know what the trooper had to go through everyday to put on a badge."  An army of uniforms, wearing black bands on their badges, came to attention outside the church where services were held.

"It's a way to say goodbye to a fellow friend and a co-worker," said Texarkana DPS Trooper Sylvia Jennings.  "It's a way to honor Trooper Burns for the ultimate sacrifice he has given."

"He was a fine young man," said Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office Sergeant David Burkes.  "He respected the uniform he wore, and he loved to serve the public."  For many, the service is a time to reflect on their profession, and their own mortality.

"Every day you strap on your gun belt, you never know when you'll come home, or if you'll come home," said Hines.

"You never know one day to the next what could happen out there," said Burke.  After the service, Burns was laid to rest at Shiloh Cemetery in Linden.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.


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