Community mourns loss of Burnet PD officer

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Savanna Gregg/Burnet Bulletin
A Burnet PD officer died Friday, Dec. 20, after an apparent heart attack. Area authorities escorted K9 handler Jose Meza from Seton Highland Lakes in Burnet to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin. On Dec. 23, as seen above on U.S. 281 in Burnet, hundreds of first responders from across the state also participated in a procession from a Marble Falls church to Post Mountain Cemetery for a service with full honors.







By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Burnet Police Department lost a member of its law enforcement family – BPD K9 handler and heart attack victim Jose Humberto Meza – and honored the life on Dec. 23 en masse to offer comfort and solace to one another and his loved ones.

“What a great husband to his wife and a daddy to his beautiful little daughter," said Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson the day of his death. “Officer Meza [was] just an outstanding young man, a great officer.”

Hundreds of peace officers and emergency personnel from around the state descended on Marble Falls at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church three days after his death for a funeral mass. He was just a week short of his year anniversary with the agency. …

Find the rest of this story and more images in the Wednesday, Dec. 25 issue of the Burnet Bulletin, the newspaper of record for northern Burnet County. Email a note to or To subscribe, call 512-756-6136.



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