TOWANDA–Dozens of law enforcement officials and people from Bradford County came together Monday to remember two lives that were taken away too soon.
It was 10 years ago, on March 31, 2004 — when sheriff’s deputies, Christopher Burgert and Michael VanKuren were killed in the line of duty.
“I think about how 10 years ago literally was the worst day of my life. Like the worst day ever,” Burgert’s widow, Kim Burgert said.
The two deputies were shot by Dustin Briggs while they were serving an arrest warrant at a home in Wells Township.
Briggs was convicted of two counts of first degree murder in 2006 — and at the time claimed he was innocent.
Briggs has been on death row ever since.
Now- a decade later, the two men he killed are still being remembered.
Among those paying tribute: Burgert’s son who is now 12 years old.