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Corporal Mark Wesley Carthron | Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

Corporal

Mark Wesley Carthron

Arkansas State Police, Arkansas

End of Watch: Monday, September 12, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 8 years

Badge # 11

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 9/11/2005

Weapon: Automobile

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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Corporal Mark Carthron was struck and killed while retrieving stop sticks he had deployed during a vehicle pursuit on I-40 in Crittenden County.

The suspect's vehicle struck the stop sticks, bringing it to a halt. As Corporal Carthron retrieved the strips, he was struck by a state police vehicle that was involved in the pursuit. Corporal Carthron was transported to a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, where he succumbed to his injuries at 12:31 am the following morning.

The two suspects involved in the pursuit were driving a stolen vehicle and were wanted for an armed robbery of a service station. The driver of the stolen vehicle was convicted of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison. The passenger was convicted of robbery and theft charges and sentenced to 30 years.

Corporal Carthron had served with the Arkansas State Police for 8 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, and brother.

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My dear sweet husband, it never fails whenever I'm feeling down or depressed, I look at the clock beside my bed and the time shows 11:11. The number 11 means a lot to me because it was your badge no. For the first few years after you went home to be with the Lord, I always seemed to glance at the clock and it would be on either 9:11 or 9:12 (the date of your accident and the date of your passing)....and now it's your badge no. Mark, my heart aches so bad sometimes and at those times, my breath is taken away. Before I met you, I never believed there was really any truth or validity to soul mates. You made me believe. When I say my prayers at night, I pray that our souls are reunited one day. My hand misses your hand holding mine. My head misses lying on your shoulder. I miss lying in your arms and falling asleep at night. My heart misses being loved so deeply by someone. My eyes misses seeing your beautiful smile. My soul misses my soul mate. Oh Mark, I miss you so. I know God loves me, but sometimes I still wonder what did I do wrong to make Him take you away from me. I get so lonely at times that I really don't know what to do with myself. Boobie, I love you so much and I will love you until I take my last breath on this earth. In that moment, I pray that the Lord reunite me with my soul mate. Mark, I long to make it home to you.

MRS. MARK WESLEY CARTHRON
SURVIVING SPOUSE
June 19, 2014

 

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