Police Officer and Marine Veteran of Desert Storm killed in the line of Duty



Gary J Buros was a Marine in Desert Storm. He extended his tour there so another man with a family could go home. After Desert Storm he became a patrol officer on the Lantana Police Department in Palm Springs County, Florida.

While there he met and married his wife. He later moved to New York so his wife could accept a position running her own restaurant. In New York, he served on the New York Police Department in the Midtown Branch as a training officer. About three years ago, Officer Buro’s wife and her parents were killed while she was in Florida visiting her family.

Officer Buro left New York for a fresh start and joined the Chesterfield Country, Virginia Police Department. On May 4, 2006, at approximately 1:00 A.M., just four months after joining the Chesterfield County Police Department, Officer Buro was shot and killed by a corrections office as Officer Buro answered a domestic violence call. The corrections officer, a fourteen year veteran, had beaten his former girlfriend.

Officer Buro died on the scene from a single gun shot wound to the head. His partner was shot 5-6 times but not before he shot and handcuffed the assailant, who also later died at the scene.

My neighbor just had open heart surgery. Her Nurse was engaged to marry Officer Buro. It is truly a small world. God works in mysterious ways. Officer Buro didn’t have any family here in Virginia from what I can tell. However, he quickly made friends with his fellow officers. Both former police departments had the highest praise for Officer Buro.

I thought by posting here maybe some of his Desert Storm Buddies might recognize Officer Buro’s name and want to send condolences to his family. As soon as the information is available for Officer Buro’s services, I will post an update. I imagine under the circumstances, it may take a day or two longer than usual. However, that is merely an assumption on my part.

Rest in peace Officer Buro. You have served your country and community with pride and dignity. You are a true hero! You will be missed. I also offer my sincere condolences to Officer Buro’s family and fiance.

Update #1

Department of Public AffairsNAMES OF OFFICERS RELEASED
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – The Chesterfield County Police Department has released the names of two officers who were shot, one fatally, early this morning.

Officer Gary J. Buro, 34, was killed. Officer Buro, a native of New York, N.Y., was an 11-year police veteran and began his career with the Chesterfield County Police Department on Jan. 17 of this year as a member of the 14th Pre-certified Police Academy. He previously served for six years as an officer with the New York City Police Department, and prior to that with the Lantana Police Department in Florida for five years. He also served with the U.S. Marine Corps as a military police officer for four years. Officer Buro is survived by his mother, Agnes Thalman; his father, Ralph Buro Sr.; his sister, Jennifer; and his brother, Ralph.

Officer Joseph G. Diman, 26, was shot and wounded. Officer Diman remains in stable condition at VCU Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Officer Diman has been a Chesterfield County Police officer for three years. He previously served with the Chatham Police Department in Massachusetts.

Update#2

Department of Public AffairsMEMORIAL SERVICE FOR OFFICER GARY J. BURO
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – A memorial service for Officer Gary J. Buro, who was shot and killed in the line of duty yesterday, will be held Monday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Victory Tabernacle Church of God, 11700 Genito Road. A reception will immediately follow the service.
Additional arrangements are being made for a service in Denville, N.J., and burial in Pompano Beach, Fla., next week.

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~ by devildog6771 on May 6, 2006.

8 Responses to “Police Officer and Marine Veteran of Desert Storm killed in the line of Duty”

  1. Yes, Jennifer was Gary’s wife. She and both her parents died in a car crash on the Florida Turnpike in 2003.

  2. I wish to express my condolences. I would also like to add how I found this memorial and ask if any one is following up on it.

    I would like to ask if there is any relation to Jennifer Gayle Buro.

    I am researching a highway memorial marker just north of Fort Pierce on the Turnpike. A crash that occured in one of the years, 2003-2005, where six people died is interestingly part of a broader revelation of another horrific accident. I can provide further details if anyone has further information for me.

    I can be reached at 954-812-2674, ask for Paul Renneisen about turnpike at Fort Pierce. The FDOT is helpful but does not necessarily have the databases to support the memorials sort of like the local historical society normally would handle in respect for the memorial.

  3. You Know Brenda, this just goes to show there are a$$e$ in all countries. I hope the legal proceedures all pass. We really need laws like this! But you can bet your sweet tush that the ACLU will be there to try to stop it!!

  4. AN OPEN LETTER TO ANYONE IN THE PEACE OFFICER FIELD!!

    HOPEFULLY SOMEONE WILL TELL DR. PARTICK ROSS WHAT THEY THINK OF HIS COMMENT THAT A CLOSING SALUTATION OF “FORMER FEDERAL PEACE OFFICER” IS THREATENING ON A LETTER!!

    WHAT KIND OF STUPIDITY IS THIS!!

    TO:
    Hon. Stephen Harper
    Office of the Prime Minister
    80 Wellington Street
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    K1A 0A2

    Twenty-seven Canadian peace officers were praised today by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, for their long and exemplary service to Canada.

    TO:
    Congressman David Dreier
    233 Cannon HOB
    Washington, DC, U.S.A. 20515

    That is why I introduced H.R. 3900, the Justice for Peace Officers Act, with the strong support of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, to make it a federal crime to murder a peace officer — whether federal, state or local — and flee the country, providing concurrent jurisdiction for the federal government to prosecute the suspect.

    Dear Sirs

    I see you are doing legislation on behalf of federal peace officers or commemorating their service.

    As such, can you believe that Malaspina University College, 900 Fifth Street, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada V9R 5S5 says a letter received with a closing salutation of “former federal peace officer” is threatening??

    That is what Dr. Patrick Ross, Vice-President of Student Services, said in a recent meeting??

    This Dr. Patrick was referring to a letter received from a person who was a federal peace officer and since retirement he has closed his letters with “former federal peace officer” after his signature and name??

    The person uses this salutation in honor of a fellow peace officer killed “in the line of duty”.

    Who is this idiot, Patrick Ross!!

    I know I have had trouble trying to get a simple class outline out of one of Malaspina’s History Professors, Professor Cheryl Warsh, who refused to send me a course outline for an interested student from America??

    What was so secretive about a course outline??

    What kind of idiots are at Malaspina??

    In closing, have you ever heard anything so disgusting as a simple closing salutation of “former federal peace officer” being threatening as indicated by Dr. Patrick Ross from Malaspina University College!!

    Tell that to all the families and friends and fellow officers to those peace officers listed on the numerous memorial pages to these fallen officers!!

    I think people should tell this Dr. Patrick Ross E-mail: rossp@mala.bc.ca exactly what they think of his statement!!

    Sincerely,

    Brenda Anne Bates

    I FEEL VERY STRONGLY ABOUT THIS ISSUE BECAUSE I KNOW OF A PEACE OFFICER LISTED ON ONE OF THOSE MEMORIAL PAGES TO THOSE BRAVE FALLEN OFFICERS!!!

    HOPEFULLY, YOU WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT ROSS IS AN IDIOT TO MAKE SUCH A STATEMENT!!!

    PATRICK ROSS SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF!!!

  5. Thank you for your kind words. You didn’t make me feel bad. I just know how much losing a loved one hurts. Good intentions can sometimes add to that pain.

    I started a blog where I write letters and poems to my nephew. It has helped me a lot. Maybe you and Gary’s friends and family might find such a thing useful. You can close it off from the public and let frineds and family add pictures and memories of Gary. Just a thought. It doesn’t always help everyone.

    Take care and God Bless. Please pass on my condolances to his family and friends. Know that he is also truly missed here too. He is not forgotten. There is also a memorial to which he has been added. It is very beautiful.

  6. Please accept my apology for such an emotional response and if I made you feel you caused any pain. That certainly was not my intentions. Please understand there has been much confusion regarding that relationship and that girl has caused the family and close friends of Office Buro much pain and suffering. They were not engaged and there were no plans for engagement any time soon. Some people may not have seen it that way but for those of us who were close to Gary know he was “not done being married to Jen”. He spoke these words a few weeks before he died. The love him and Jen shared was like no other. We all get great comfort knowing they are back in each others arms and walking side by side once again.

    You are right, Gary quickly made friends were ever he went and had an impact on many people. I know after meeting a lot of the Chersterfield people he fit right in and they certainly made him feel welcome right from the start. They are a top notch group of people and I have the utmost respect for them.

    Please accept my condolances for your nephew. Obviously, another hero who gave the utlimate sacrifice for his people. May they rest in peace.

    Thank you!!

  7. Thank you for that correction. The young lady in question may have simply been misunderstood due to her shock and grief at Gary’s death. However, she did make it very clear that Gary was at peace now next to Jebnnifer which was what he wanted.

    Gary was well thought of here. Though he was new to the area he quickly made friends and earned the respect of his fellow officers. He is missed.

    I offer you and his family my sincere condolances. I apologize if I in any way caused any pain for his friends or family. My nephew was a member of the same police department before he was killed in Kuwait. The whole department has always had a very close family type of relationship toward each other. Gary just became another family member. I only meant to honor his memory and let his friends and family know how much he meant to his new friends here, too!

  8. Gary was not engaged to that nurse!!! He lost his only love, Jennifer 2 years ago in a car crash. They are resting in peace together. We love them and miss them dearly.

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