Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, May 1, 2017

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

i remember this terrible horrible day. it was so shocking that this happened. for once i wish the cops could have taken the demon back to the jail and teach him a very serious lesson. the demon had nothing to lose since he just received 45 years. this is the time you should always be more on guard but trying to be nice and treat all the same way you let your guard down and this demon took advantage of it. R.I.P mark.

concerned citizen

February 25, 2018

mark was my mentor i would go see him every 3 months at the sheriffs office and there were times that i wanted to give up and throw in the towel but mark would not let me do that many times i would tell mark how much i would fight with friends and how my friends would fight with me mark would tell me it takes a better man to walk away then came the day were we all found out that mark was killed and i was in my car when i found out that it was mark that was killed i throw my phone in my car and i cryed because i lost my mentor that day. mark was more then someone i would go see every 3 months he was my mentor my friend he always treated me with the upmost respect he never treated me wrong and when we lost mark all my friends and family always supported me when i felt down or sad make knew how to make me smile or laugh things we would take mostly was sports how are sports was doing good or bad im going to miss mark so much but i know is looking down and watching over me and i know he would be very proud of me RIP mark

donnie hick
mentee of mark burbridge

January 30, 2018

Here is my reflection: I work for a Sheriff's Office 3 Counties to the north of Pottawattamie County. Last year I was lucky enough to get to know Mark and rest the of the "crew" down there in Pott County during a change of venue murder trial from our county. We have a tactical/quick response/classification team that I am proud to be the Sgt. that is assigned to be in charge of, which was assigned to provide security during our trial, as we do all high profile cases. During our week long trial we made their "work family" larger by 4 officers and they welcomed us with smiles. Of course we were totally heartbroken when we found out that just a few months later this happened and Mark would loose his life. I called Lt. Andy Brown that same night giving him and the entire staff our condolences, told him that if needed anything let me know. A few days go by and I receive a call from Lt. Brown asking me if I remember the conversation we had about if there was anything we could do to help. In this conversation he asked me if we would be willing to house the "animal" that did this to Mark throughout his incarceration. I told him that I sure would check into it and let him know. A short time later I called Lt. Brown back and confirmed that we would do what we could to assist them so they didn't have to deal him.

After making many, many phone calls, making protocol changes, creating new protocols, making sure that the first priority was making sure EVERYONE was safe, a final plan was put together to get the suspect up to our facility, about 100 miles north of Pottawattamie County, and into our facility where he would be housed until the final disposition of this case, without any hiccups. Of course in between the final plans and the actual moving of this person, we attended Mark's funeral. WOW, what a show of support. I was AMAZED at the amount of people that lined the entire route. Every block was completely filled with supporters, including many children out on their playgrounds, wearing blue shirts, holding blue balloons, signs and ribbons. I was very touching.

We had this animal in our facility for 97 days until we transported him down to court so he could plead guilty to all charges and then off to the State Prison receiving facility, on the opposite side of the state, more planning and phone calls, but well worth it to get this animal where he needed to be. Thinking of Mark and the entire department the whole time, keeping my promise that we would be safe and everybody was going home that night.

We keep in contact with Pott County often and have made new friends there, we hope to make it down there for Police Memorial week in May. From the stories we heard at the funeral for Mark we know that he was loved and will be missed dearly. I am glad that we had a small part of putting this guy away for life, but if there is, or has been any case for the death penalty, this would be it.

RIP Mark.

Sgt. Randy Uhl
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office

January 18, 2018

This morning as I read news briefing on my phone, I came across this terrible tragedy that befell Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, and his surviving partner Pat. I followed the links and watched the entire footage produced for the public. Although I did not know the officers personally, it was clear from the footage that they operated with integrity from following protocol while transporting those two inmates, and treating them humanely despite the charges they faced. Where I am from, any criminal suspect who is arrested in possession of a gun is usually executed by the police which is controversial, but sometimes understandable given the high risk involved protecting citizens from such a vile human being.
My heart goes out to these brave men's families especially Mark who lost his life doing what is right despite facing death in the face. What a brave man, and from what I have read a loving father, comrade, son and husband.
Please let me know how I can be of assistance. I shall continue to pray for the entire sheriff's department as you continue your investigation, and wisdom to come up with protocols that cover such unforeseen circumstances.
Thank you so much for your service. As the country struggles with the relationship between law enforcement and communities especially those of color, let us not forget law enforcement officials such as deputy Burbridge, and all those who worked to bring this criminal to justice, giving him a day in court that he did not deserve, and for keeping us safe.

Waithira Macharia- Registered Nurse
Grateful citizen

August 22, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May their times spent together bring forth happy memories to last a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and dedication to your community. Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Burbridge.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

August 19, 2017


Deputy Megan Wirt
Pottawattamie County

August 19, 2017

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Mark's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 3, 2017

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, friends, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in though and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Hospital Police, NC

June 1, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)

May 20, 2017

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your deputy, Mark Burbridge in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow deputy makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office

May 15, 2017

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called sons of YHWH". Mattityahu 5:9

Rest In Peace, my brother. Thank you for your service. May GOD comfort your family and friends.

Retired Chief Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

May 14, 2017

A real "Hero" taken.
You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret.)
Nassau County PD, NY

May 13, 2017

God Bless you and yours. You and all others like you are in my family's prayers.

Dy/Shrf. D. E. Larriviere (Ret)
Vernon Parish Sheriff's Office

May 12, 2017

Rest easy brother.

Michigan State Police

May 11, 2017

My thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Burbridge. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR Police Department

May 11, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of this fallen officer.

Hannah Penn
Friend of Ofc. Eric Mumaw EOW 2/2/17

May 11, 2017

R.I.P. BROTHER Burbridge!!!

Nebraska Police Officer

May 10, 2017

Thoughts and prayers for you and your family. I appreciate your service and you shall remembered as a Hero to all.

God Bless!

Christine M Lindsay
Missouri State Probation and Parole

May 10, 2017

Prayers for Deputy Burbrdge's family! Thank you for your service sir! We lose another Hero to the acts of a coward! Thank you for your service sir! May you Rest In Peace!

Survivor Melanie Richardson
Lafayette county Arkansas Sheriff's Office

May 10, 2017

Our biggest fear every day is not knowing when we leave for work if we are going to be able to return to our loved ones at the end of shift. Thank you Mark for your dedication to service. To Mark's family and friends, I pray that God grants you peace knowing that Mark has gone to Heaven.

Lt. Keith Bentz
Missouri Dept. of Corrections

May 9, 2017

Our thoughts and prays go out to Mark's family, friends and department. Stay strong and know he is always watching over you. Be there for each other so the healing can being.

Training Officer Ken Koehler
Scott County Sheriff's Office

May 9, 2017

Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, our thoughts and prayers are with your family. The 84th Municipal Recruit Class will not forget your sacrifice. We have completed the Fallen Officer Drill, in your honor. May you Rest in Peace, your End of Watch is here.

84th Municipal Recruit Class of the Delaware State Police Academy

"Leadership is Earned, not Given."

Ductus Exemplo

May 8, 2017

Rest in Peace Brother. We have the watch from here. May God Bless your Family and Friends.


May 8, 2017

My heart bleeds for the loss of one who was loved, one who was a protector, and one who was and still is an inspiration to many. May God open his kingdom to an honored one coming home. Prayers for the family.

J. Bennett 325
Alachua P.D.

May 8, 2017

RIP Sir, may God be with you and your family and co workers.

EMS Capt. V. Bonner
Eldon, Iowa Fire & Rescue

May 7, 2017

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