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Police Officer Calvin Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

Police Officer

Calvin "Mark" McCullers

Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 1 year, 5 months

Badge # Not available

Military veteran

Cause: Drowned

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Police Officer Mark McCullers drowned when his vehicle was washed away in torrential flooding while he was working an off duty assignment at a construction site in Highland Park at approximately 1:30 am.

The construction site was at the intersection of St. John's Street and North Fitzugh Avenue, near the banks of Turtle Creek. A severe thunderstorm had caused the water level in Turtle Creek to suddenly rise and rush down the adjacent roadway. Officer McCuller radioed for assistance when the wall of water struck his car and began to wash it away.

He attempted to exit the vehicle and reach safety, but he was also caught in the flood waters and is presumed drowned. On August 24th, 2016, other members of the SMU Police Department located Officer McCullers' body along the banks of the Trinity River three miles from where his vehicle was swept away.

Officer McCullers was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Southern Methodist University Police Department for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and six children.

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Mark tragically died.

To the McCullers family, fellow officers, and all who call Mark beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

My son was also your brother in green so I bid you semper fi and thank you for your service to our country in the Corps

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer McCullers gave to his community and the citizens of Texas, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 5 2016.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
December 15, 2016

 

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