80R18461 JH-D
  By: Madden H.C.R. No. 235
         WHEREAS, Sergeant Brian J. Burzynski of the Texas Ranger
  Division of the Department of Public Safety has rendered
  exceptional service to the residents of this state through his
  decisive efforts to investigate allegations of abuse at a Texas
  Youth Commission facility; and
         WHEREAS, Alerted to a potential situation taking place at the
  West Texas State School in Pyote, Sergeant Burzynski conducted an
  investigation and set in motion events that would ultimately bring
  the matter out into the open; in so doing, he contacted local,
  state, and federal authorities and delivered compelling testimony
  before the Joint Select Committee on the Operation and Management
  of the Texas Youth Commission; and
         WHEREAS, Sergeant Burzynski's determined pursuit of justice
  in this case is in keeping with the skill and dedication that he has
  demonstrated throughout his career; a military veteran, he joined
  the U.S. Army in 1989 as an intelligence analyst and, over the next
  four years, served in Germany, in Saudi Arabia during Desert
  Shield, in Iraq and Kuwait during Desert Storm, and finally in the
  Foreign Material Intelligence Battalion at Aberdeen Proving Ground
  in Maryland; following his military service, he enrolled in the
  Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy, where he earned the
  Walter Eubanks outstanding graduate award in 1995; he subsequently
  spent four years with the Hereford Police Department, rising to the
  rank of detective, and was named the 1997 Officer of the Year; and
         WHEREAS, In 2000, Sergeant Burzynkski graduated from the
  Department of Public Safety Academy and joined the Highway Patrol
  Division, where he received numerous awards for his service; in
  2004, his performance won him a place among the elite ranks of the
  Texas Rangers, and in 2006, he was awarded the Master Peace Officer
  designation, which honors the completion of 4,000 hours of law
  enforcement training; and
         WHEREAS, During his testimony before the joint select
  committee, Sergeant Burzynski recalled his interviews with the
  young men who had suffered abuse at the TYC facility: "I promised
  each one of those victims that I would not fail them," Sergeant
  Burzynski stated; in keeping that vow and pursuing justice, Brian
  Burzynski has proven himself a law enforcement officer of great
  determination and integrity, and it is a pleasure to recognize him
  for his outstanding service to the State of Texas; now, therefore,
  be it
         RESOLVED, That the 80th Legislature of the State of Texas
  hereby honor Sergeant Brian J. Burzynski of the Texas Rangers and
  extend to him sincere best wishes for continued success; and, be it
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for Sergeant Burzynski as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives and Senate.