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Burk Family Speaks at Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson's Retirement Ceremony

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By: Dorothy Sherman


"He got out of the car very slowly."

He said the first time he met former Auburn Police Chief Tommy Dawson was the night his daughter, Lauren Burk, was murdered.

"Just looking into this man's eyes made me feel calm, and made me really realize the kind of person he was and is," Burk said.

Mindful of the tragic incident that brought he and the Burk family together, Dawson responded, and challenged Auburn Police to continue taking care of Auburn University students like Lauren Burk.

"you've got 25,000 children over there that you're responsible to take care of," Dawson said.  "And, as I look at my daughter here today, she'll come home with me, but Jim Burk's daughter won't."

The Burk family were one of several to bid farewell on Wednesday to Dawson as Auburn Police Chief.  He retired from his position as Auburn Chief of Police last month after being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"it's due to my health,"  Dawson said.  "But, I sincerely do love this job."

With the many plaques, gifts, and recognitions of his hard work during the ceremony, it's obvious Dawson will be missed.  Especially to the families he helped during their darkest hour.

"We love you. We appreciate you.  And this department is going to lose a very, very strong civil servant.  And, I'm only hoping that our friendship will remain as it has been for the next several years.  Thank you for everything," Burk said.

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