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Police Officer Calvin Southern Methodist University Police Department, Texas

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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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Officer McCullers, thank you for your service to our Great Nation, and also my deepest condolences to Mrs. McCullers and your six children. May God bless McCullers family.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police
October 11, 2016


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