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Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge | Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

Deputy Sheriff

Mark Burbridge

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch: Monday, May 1, 2017
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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge


Avenue of the Fallen

Standing at attention in their class “A“uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass, are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement. All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others, they welcome you to this wonderful place.
As you march down the Avenue of the Fallen, all eyes focus on you as if to say “it’s OK, you’re with your eternal partners.”
A salute is followed and a tear can be seen on so many faces.
Welcome, you served well.
Now come join us in the ranks, another is coming home.
Officer Jim Weaver (#11452) Los Angeles Police Department retired

Retired Elected Sheriff, Jim Weaver
Jerome County Sheriff Office, Jerome, Idaho
May 3, 2017

May Mark Burbridge rest in peace, and may God bless his entire family. My deepest condolences to the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office for the lost of brother Mark who gave his life in the line of duty.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police
May 3, 2017

Rest in peace Brother Mark.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD
May 3, 2017

My condolences to the family of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge. Losing a loved one is always difficult. Please take comfort in Jesus words found at John 5:28,29 where he said that there would be a resurrection. Just think of the time when you will see your loved ones again, here on earth, in paradise conditions. Once again, my condolences.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police
May 3, 2017

God bless Deputy Burbridge's family, friends and coworkers and give them strength and peace to get through their grief and pain. Thank you for your service Sheriff Burbridge.

Wm Jean-Paul Rochat
Swiss Army, MP, Trafic & Escort Unit
May 3, 2017

I am so sorry to hear this. The officers need to be better armed, more equipment, more TRAINING, better SOP's,. Trips like this were routine back 10 - 20 years ago, but not now, what was 'light duty' then, there is no more routine work in the profession. And when these officers are injured they need to be taken care of, period. Sending prayers to the family, friends, department related to Dep. Burbridge, and to all officers working their tour.

Deputy Barbara Hinke (Ret., on IDR)
San Francisco Sheriff Department
May 3, 2017

Rip Brother

Deputy Zak Rodgers
Boone County Sheriffs Dept
May 3, 2017

Hi, you don't know me, you've never met me. But that doesn't mean your death didn't affect me, I live hundreds of miles away from your patrol area. I have a great appreciation for Law Enforcement and was working on a video to honor the fallen Law Enforcement of 2017. I had the list completed, hoping for the first week of May to be Blue Line Death free, but I woke up this morning and saw the news, I hurt knowing that another one was added to the list. Tell all your Blue Line buddies in heaven that I say I and that I thank them for the sacrifices they made. My friends and I are praying for your family and fellow deputies.

Thank you.

Antonio Torres

I Back The Blue and I got your six
May 2, 2017

Rest in peace brother, thank you for your service .

Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

Matthew 5:9

Jerry Matalone #8046 Ret.
Des Moines, Iowa Police Department
May 2, 2017

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends. Thank you for your unselfish service.

James P. Waggle
May 2, 2017

May God watch over the Family and Fellow Officers that put their lives on the line for us everyday. We all lose when one of these heroes fall. And this one was a terrible loss. A man who without care for his own safety did such a noble thing. I hope his family will find some type of peace during this time of mourning. God will not let them down. Keep Faith and know he is in a better place.

D.A.V. CHAPTER 11 Springfield, Missouri Color Guard.
Son of Chief of Police.Deceased
Their watch is over, now they patrol in Heaven.
May 2, 2017


May 2, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one who’s blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission
Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
May 2, 2017


Det Marty Mooney/Retired
May 2, 2017

My heart goes out to the family thank you for your service sir you will not be forgot. I lost my son just doing his job. It hurts right now with God's love he will get you through it

Civilian Tracy Fisher
Saint Petersburg Florida
May 2, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your family both blue and blood during this difficult time. Thank you Deputy Burbridge for your 12 years of service and dedication to your community.

Detective Sergeant David Post
Reno County Sheriff's Office Hutchinson, Ks
May 2, 2017

Rest in Peace My Brother in Blue.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be Called Sons of God."
Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department
May 2, 2017

God Speed Brother

Captain Craig Patterson (Ret.)1984-2014
Dawson Springs Police Dept. Kentucky
May 2, 2017

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

To the Burbridge 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. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Burbridge gave to his community and the citizens of Iowa , and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 1, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05
May 2, 2017

I am so sorry for your loss.

Rebel Jacqueline
Arizona Department of Public Safety
May 2, 2017

Our hearts go out to Officer Vice's family both blood kin and his brothers and sisters in law enforcement (as it may be). You will be joined with so many of the sisters and brothers who have gone before you and are now patrolling in heaven, not because it is needed, but because you know nothing else but the life and the job. God Bless you and all that have gone before.

Paul S Watson Captain, Retired
DeQueen Arkansas PD
May 2, 2017

Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, during your tour of duty you served the citizens of Pottawattamie County with honor and dignity, it is now your time to rest with all of the other heroes that have gone before you. We will carry on from here. To the family of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge you all are in our thoughts and prayers. The Law Enforcement family will stand beside you. To the men and women of the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Department hold your heads high as you all carry on during these difficult times. Stay Safe. Mark as you enter into the halls of Valhalla your arrival will be hailed by Odin himself. Fair Winds and Following Seas WARRIOR.

Detective Grade One Robert F. Jackson
Metropolitan Police Department/Homicide Branch
May 2, 2017

Gods foot soldier,to serve and protect, in life, that was your noble choice, now you have been granted an eternal place at the side of God. To forever carry on your on your mission, not as a human but as an angel! May we all take comfort in the knowledge that your angelic soul will forevermore look upon us with guidance and protection,and may our gratitude be felt by you, for all time.

Owner/ News One Nevada, International Jo
News One Nevada
May 2, 2017

God bless you and your family , now State of Iowa, put this Animal down for good!!

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC
May 2, 2017

Prayers and thoughts are with the family.

Canada Border Services Agency
May 2, 2017


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