"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, May 05, 2006

The real heroes (hint: they're not lawyers)


A shooting yesterday took the life of one of our jurisdiction's finest. Officer Buro was responding to a domestic dispute, and when he was told by the complaining witness that her boyfriend had a gun, approached him and asked him if he had a gun. The killer then drew a gun and immediately shot Buro, killing him. His backup, Officer Diman, returned fire and ultimately killed the man, after being shot twice in the firefight. And apropos of the last posting, it's sad to observe that when an officer like Gary Buro is killed by some animal, I find myself relieved that the peretrator was put down by a brave officer like Joe Diman. There is no chance now that some poverty/race/bad-upbringing hustler will have a chance to convince a jury that in these circumstances the murderer of a police officer deserves to live.

For officer Diman, recovering from 2 bullet wounds, our prayers for a speedy recovery and our thanks for his valorous service to our community.

More about Officer Buro:

Police say Buro lost his wife in a car crash several years ago, when he was working at a Florida Police Department. He moved to Chesterfield from New York City , where he was an officer there for five years and was there during the 9-11 attacks. He also previously served as a military police officer with the US Marine Corps for four years. Chesterfield Police say Buro was easy to be around. They say he did an excellent job, in fact, police tell us he made a quick arrest in a robbery over the weekend and he was going to be commended for that.
Buro is survived by his mother, Agnes Thalman, his father, Ralph Buro Sr., his sister, Jennifer and his brother, Ralph.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, REST IN PEACE.

Greater love has no one than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.
John 15:13

HT to Ken for the links.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Tom,

There are no words to express the sorrow I felt when I heard the news getting ready for court. I only hope that all officers know that even the defense attorneys really DO appreciate the service they provide for all of us at great personal sacrifice.

Your sentiments and prayers really struck a chord.

Anonymous said...

Although I believe that all lawyers are heros, do you really expect people to disagree with you assessment that these officers served honorably?

Faithmy said...

Ohh look. You finally put up something that even the little spineless anon wouldnt dare be snarky about.