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Clover Hill Athletic Complex Road Named for Fallen Police Hero

June 20, 2018

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA — Today, Chesterfield County named the access road into Clover Hill Athletic Complex in honor of fallen police officer Gary J. Buro. 

The ceremony marked the official naming of the road as “Gary Buro Way.” The naming is to honor the service and sacrifice of Buro, who died in the line of duty on May 4, 2006, while serving his community.

In 2006, Buro died when responding to a domestic disturbance at a home in Ettrick. When the two officers entered the home, the male suspect opened fire, killing Buro and wounding his partner. Despite being shot several times, Buro’s partner was able to return fire and shoot the suspect, who died on site.

Buro was 34 years old and had been with the department only five months. Buro was a native of New York, New York, and was an 11-year police veteran prior to beginning his career with the Chesterfield County Police Department on Jan. 17, 2006, 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. Although new to the department, Buro was known for his outgoing personality, military and law-enforcement expertise, and his sense of duty.

“Officer Gary Buro courageously gave his life doing his job to defend this community,” said Dorothy Jaeckle, chair of the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. “Even though he was in Chesterfield County for such a short time, he quickly made friends with his fellow officers, and his former police departments had only the highest praise for Officer Buro. We are grateful for his call to duty and his willingness to place his own life in danger to protect others. I heard that Gary fulfilled his lifelong ambition to serve and protect his country as both a Marine and a police officer. It is a fitting memorial to name this road in his honor to recognize his service to his country and this community.”

Buro was a Marine in Desert Storm. Upon leaving the Marine Corps, he became a patrol officer on the Lantana Police Department in Palm Springs County, Florida. There, he met and married his wife, Jennifer Cox. 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. Unfortunately, Buro’s wife and her parents were killed in a vehicle accident in 2003, while she was in Florida visiting her family. Buro had left New York for a fresh start by joining the Chesterfield County Police Department. Officer Buro is survived by his mother, Agnes Thalman; his father, Ralph Buro Sr.; sister, Jennifer; and brother, Ralph.



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