Deputy F. David Blake, Burnet, TX, 06 OCT 09

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    Austin Staging for Funeral and interment services, Deputy Francis David Blake, Burnet, TX

    Date: Tuesday, 06 October 2009

    Location: First Baptist Church, Hwy 29 and D.B.Woods Road, Georgetown, TX. Map link:

    1040-1055 hrs staging
    1055 hrs safety briefing
    1100 hrs KSU to the Centex staging in Burnet

    Ride Captain: Russ Miller, 512-636-9692,

    Please see additional notes below. Centex has two missions on Tuesday which overlap, so if you can, please make plans to join Russ for the mission in Burnet.


    Deputy Francis David Blake, Badge #128 – Killed On Duty – Burnet County Texas Deputy & Military Veteran

    The family of Deputy Francis David Blake has requested the presence of the Patriot Guard Riders at the Funeral and Interment of their loved one. Deputy Blake was a member of the Burnet County Sheriff's Office and also a Military Veteran. According to DPS, Deputy Francis David Blake was responding to a major accident with injuries on Park Road 4, one to two miles south of Hwy 29, when he apparently struck a deer just west of Deer Springs, TX. He lost control of his vehicle and struck a tree. Deputy Blake, 42, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace. His Mother-In-Law informed us that he had intended to join the Patriot Guard Riders, but had not found the time yet to do so. Here is a link to his PoliceLink webpage:

    Service will be at 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church, 909 N. Vanderveer St., Burnet, Texas. Interment will be at Lakeland Hills Memorial Park on Park Rd. 4 South of Burnet immediately following the Service.

    DATE: Tuesday, 6 Oct 09

    Copperas Cove Staging: 1030
    Copperas Cove Staging Location: Town Square Shopping Center located on the west end of Copperas Cove on Hwy 190 (look for the green jeep).
    Briefing: 1055
    KSU: 1000

    Arrive topped off, hydrated, bring extra water & snacks. We will travel west on Hwy190 to 281, then south to the Burnet Staging.

    Burnet Staging Time: 1200
    Burnet Staging Location: Burnet HEB parking lot, located on the South side of Hwy 29 and 5 Blocks East of the 29\281 Intersection. GPS: N 30 deg 45' 32.3" and W 098 deg 13' 25.4".
    Briefing: 1245
    KSU: 1300 We will be escorted from HEB to the Church for procession lineup by LE Agency in Charge.

    WX: Forecast at this time is 67 low/87 high: Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph with a 50% chance of Rain.

    Note: This is expected to be a very large Service with many Law Enforcement Agencies and local citizens attending. Motto for this mission will be "Super Semper Gumby" as we will mainly be under the direction of agencies in charge of coordinating various parts of the Service and Procession. I'm sure we will be making several last second adjustments.

    Please let us join together to honor this Hero Law Enforcement Officer and Veteran who lost his life too soon.

    RC: John "TC" Wiley;; 325.388.4698 (H) 325.423.2220 (C)
    Assistant RC: Mary "Marebear" Gregory;; 254.458.2120
    Flag Wrangler: Rob "roblawdog" Carothers;; 254.223.2507


    I had the pleasure of meeting david and his wife at my job
    last week wed.I am sorry that do to work i will not make it to
    honor this hero,I will visit his family and wife in a few days

    texas coyote

    Once again I would like to thank all the Members from near and far that attended the mission for Deputy Blake. As you could see, this was a major event for the Hill Country and I am honored that the Family wanted the Patriot Guard to be a part of it. A special Thank You to the advance Cemetery crew today. That was a big load off of my to do list. May Deputy David Blake Rest in Peace and God Bless.
    I would also like to think everyone that attended the Mission in Killeen with Jerry, Ron, Dave and Roberto. When you have two missions going at the same time, sometimes it puts a strain on our available members and they have to make a choice. I know that all of our members attending today were at one Mission in person and the other in Spirit. That's just the way we are. I hope all returned home safe and sound. You guys and Gals are great.

    texas coyote

    So far we have recieved 2 emails concerning the Deputy Blake Mission in Burnet on Tuesday Oct. 6th. I wanted to share them with you. We do make a difference.
    Thanks to all of you for doing what you do.

    Cc: ; ; ; ;
    Sent: Wednesday, October 07, 2009 7:30 AM
    Subject: Re: Funeral For Deputy David Blake


    The PGR was honored that David's Family asked us to be there in their need of support for this Hero that protected our Country in the Military and the home front in Law Enforcement.

    Thank you for caring,

    "Bagger Lou"
    Lou Freitas
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Texas State Captain

    —– Original Message —–

    In a message dated 10/7/2009 4:06:36 A.M. Central Daylight Time, writes:


    If you could pass this on to your Brother and Sister Riders, I would apreciate it.

    I want to thank the Patriot Guard Riders for participating in Deputy David Blake's Funeral on Tuesday 10-06.

    It was awesome to see so many of y'all out there. David and I went through the police academy together. He was a good a man.

    Y'all are doing a good thing.

    Thank You,

    Pete Braun

    Here is the second one:

    Lou Freitas wrote:

    Please sent this out to all involved, and thank you again.

    The PGR touched the Family and a lot of other people on this mission, especially Deputy David Blake's fellow Law Enforcement Family.


    "Bagger Lou"
    Lou Freitas
    Patriot Guard Riders
    Texas State Captain


    From: jlake51
    Sent: 10/7/2009 2:57:37 P.M. Central Daylight Time
    Subj: Fw: Blake funeral

    Lou would you please make sure the appropriate folks see this. Thanks!!!


    — On Wed, 10/7/09, philip gero wrote:

    From: philip gero
    Subject: Blake funeral
    To: jlake51
    Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 10:31 AM

    My name is Philip Gero. I am a police officer with the Pflugerville, TX Police Department. I was a friend of Deputy David Blake of the Burnet County Sheriff's Office. I want to personally thank the Patriot Guard Riders for attending his funeral and showing their support of a fallen brother. Many times it feels like nobody cares about what we do and the sacrifices that sometimes have to be made. Your support has helped in this troubling time and shows that there are Americans that still care. Please pass on this message to any of your members that attended.

    Thank you.

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