The Burlington Police Department announces the passing of retired Burlington Police Officer Tom Walz.

In a news release, the department announces that Walz “exemplified the epitome of what the Burlington Police Department aspires to offer its citizens.”

“Tom’s selfless dedication, to the people that he served, was on display every day of his career. This dedication did not end after his service in uniform. Tom continued to brighten everyone’s day by providing service to the City as its daily mail courier.”

“Away from the City, Tom was the pillar of dedication to volunteerism,” the message says. “His civic involvements were unrivaled and have set an example of what truly giving back to one’s community should look like.”

Officer Tom Walz

Walz began his career with the Burlington Police Department in 1980 and served until his retirement in May of 2016.

“There are no words to adequately express what Tom Walz meant to this Department and to this community,” the release says. “This is a loss that will be felt indefinitely. We offer our condolences to all who knew and loved Tom.”

Visitation and Funeral arrangements are:

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday at Burlington Memorial Auditorium, 200 N. Front St., Burlington, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

For officers from outside jurisdictions, the family has requested the uniform of the day be current patrol gear. to represent Walz and his dedication to the patrol division. Officers will form outside of Memorial Auditorium at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, when they will allow the Honor Guard to process into the building. Assembly will repeat after the service.

There will be no graveside service. A family memorial will take place at a later date.

The family has requested that memorials/donations be made to Toys for Tots, The Elks Club, local food pantries and Gigi’s Playhouse Down’s Syndrome Achievement Centers.