Richmond officer killed, his family shared moving messages on social media

RICHMOND, Ind. – “Even forever wouldn’t have been long enough.”

This is the first line from Richmond Police Department K-9 officer Seara Burton in an emotional social media post from Sierra Neal, whom Burton was due to marry nine days after being shot in the head on August 10 during a roadside check.

There is no doubt that 28-year-old Burton, who died on September 18 from her injuries, was taken too soon.

Neal honored the couple’s wedding day on August 19 by wearing her wedding dress as she was escorted to Burton’s bedside at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. The heartbreaking moment was captured in a video Neal shared on social media.

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On Wednesday, Neal posted a video created from a photo montage. He understood the touching tribute.

“Even forever wouldn’t have been long enough. I still haven’t figured that out,” Neal wrote. “You are constantly on my mind and miss you terribly. The silence of going to bed, waking up and starting my day without you is deafening. I will always be grateful that you gave me euphoric happiness from the moment where we met. I can still hear your laugh. I would do anything to get you back. I love you so much.”

Burton’s mother-in-law, Ami Miller, an RPD officer married to Burton’s mother, Jennifer Miller, also posted on Facebook Wednesday.

“Watch over us sweet girl,” Miller wrote. “My heart is broken into a million pieces, but I’m so honored to have been your bonus mom. I will love you forever.”

The posts came the day information about Burton’s visitation and funeral was released. The viewing will be from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Municipal Building, 50 N. Fifth St., and the funeral will be Monday at 11 a.m. at Richmond High School’s Tiernan Center, 380 Hub Etchison Parkway, with Mayor Dave Snow as officiant.

The public is invited to honor Burton both during the visitation and funeral, and by lining the streets for a procession from high school to Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis after the funeral. Burton will be buried in a section of Crown Hill called Heroes of Public Safety.

Due to the high school hosting Monday’s funeral, Richmond Community Schools has implemented a district-wide online learning day on Monday. Boys and Girls Clubs of Wayne County will be offering their AM Powerup program free of charge to members from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday at Jeffers Unit, 1717 S. L St. Students will receive assistance with homework. online learning and a safe place to spend the day. Other units in Richmond will be closed on Monday.

Additionally, Northeastern Wayne Schools will close on Monday. The district received a waiver from the Indiana Department of Education to close and not be required to make up the day, according to Superintendent Matthew Hicks.

Burton graduated from Northeastern High School in 2012. Deputy Superintendent Jessica Neill said many staff members who taught at Burton or who are family members of law enforcement officers wish to attend Burton’s funeral. Burton. In fact, the district will provide bus service to transportation staff members, Neill said.

Burton joined RPD in 2018 and trained at the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in 2019. She trained with her K-9 partner, Brev, at Vohne Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana, and they began working in April. According to Burton’s obituary, his dream job was to be a K-9 officer.

In addition to Neal, Ami Miller and Jennifer Miller, Burton is survived by two sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins, according to the obituary.

Phillip Matthew Lee, 47, is accused of shooting Burton and shooting two other RPD officers. The shooting occurred after Burton drove Brev back to their vehicle following Brev’s indication of the smell of narcotics in Lee’s scooter. He had been arrested in the 200 block of North 12th Street in connection with a narcotics investigation.

Norma A. Roth