Monday, Mar 10, 2014
Carbondale Police Say Goodbye to One of Their Own
WSIL-- Officer Jeffrey Buritsch died suddenly December 29th. He was a 15-year-veteran of the police force. On Friday, his passing brought together dozens of fellow officers along with city firefighters for a final farewell.
"We all grieve the same way the family grieves because we're all a big family," Fire Captain Mike Hertz said.
There was a full procession led by Carbondale police to bring Buritsch to his final resting place.
"He's going to be sorely missed by the department and by his family and friends," Hertz added.
The CPD veteran who also worked a decade in Cahokia law enforcement, was surrounded by love at the funeral.
"When they lose somebody we lose somebody too and we understand how close they are and how close they work together," Hertz said.
This military style funeral was the first for Carbondale Police, in recent memory.
"It gives them that opportunity to heal, gives them the opportunity to share in the grieving a bit and to lean on each other in a tough time," Police Chief Jody O'Guinn explained.
As the bag pipes played, there wasn't a dry eye to be seen, while friends and family remembered the 51-year-old.
"It's very encouraging for us to know everybody in the area, all the other departments care just as much as we do," O'Guinn shared.
The ceremony ended with a final 1042 call: an honor to his memory in one last farewell.
"May you rest in peace knowing your strength lives on through your children…your love lives on through your wife…and your honor, courage and bravery lives on through all of us," the call stated.
Colleagues say Buritsch could always be counted on and he will be sorely missed at the Carbondale Police Department.
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