Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Mark J. Baserman

Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Monday, February 26, 2018

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Reflections for Sergeant Mark J. Baserman

When the Lord was creating CORRECTION OFFICERS, he was into his sixth day of 16 hour overtime when an angel appeared and said, “You’re doing a lot of fiddling around on this one.” And the Lord said, “Have you read the specs on this order?”

A CORRECTION OFFICER must always bear in mind that rehabilitation is based on self-respect. In the event of rebellious actions or disparaging remarks towards them by inmates they must always maintain a quite firm demeanor.

A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER has to be able to tolerate the ignorance of some, without losing hope.

A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER must also be prepared to cover a life-threatening situation, canvass the institution for witnesses, write a perfect report, and testify the next day.

A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER has to be in top physical condition at all times, running on black coffee and half-eaten meals when it is necessary.

A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER has to have six pairs of hands.

The angel shook her head slowly and said, “Six pairs of hands… no way!” “It’s not the hands that are causing me problems,” said the Lord, “it’s the three pairs of eyes an Officer has to have.” ”Is that on the standard model?” asked the angel.

The Lord nodded and said, “One pair that sees through a bulge in a pocket before the Officer asks, ‘May I see what’s in there, sir?’ (When the Officer already knows and wishes he’d taken that accounting job.)” The second pair, here in the side of his head for his fellow Officers safety and the third pair of eyes here in front that can look reassuringly at a bleeding victim and say, “You’ll be all right, when the Officer knows it isn’t so.”

“Lord,” said the angel, touching his sleeve, “rest and work on this tomorrow.” “I can’t,” said the Lord, “I already have a model that can talk a 250 pound inmate out of a rebellious intention without incident and feed a family of five on a civil service paycheck.” The angel circled the model of the CORRECTIONAL OFFICER very slowly, “Can it think?” the angel asked.

The Lord said “Can it think!” A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER can recite departmental rules in its sleep; detain, investigate, search, and arrest a gang member on a tier in less time than it takes five Federal Judges to debate the legality of a cell search… and still it keeps its sense of humor. “This CORRECTIONAL OFFICER also has phenomenal personal control.”

A CORRECTIONAL OFFICER can deal with crime scenes painted in hell, professionally watch over a child abuser not allowing emotions to stand in the way of helping a inmate better himself, comfort a fellow Officers family with a loss, and then read in the daily paper how the department and its Officers are not sensitive to the rights of inmates.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek of the CORRECTION OFFICER. “There’s a leak,” the angel pronounced. “I told you that you were trying to put too much into this model!” the angel exclaimed.

“That’s not a leak,” said the Lord, “it’s a tear”

“What’s the tear from?” asked the angel.

“It’s for bottled-up emotions, for fallen comrades, for commitment to that tattered piece of cloth called the American flag, and for lady justice.”

“You’re a genius,” said the angel.

The Lord looked somber and said “I didn’t put that tear there.”

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DSO A. Molinaro
Kenosha County Sheriff's Department

February 27, 2018

Prayers to his family,friends and his coworkers at SCI Somerset.
Rest in Peace.

Krista Patla (Parole Agent 2)
PBPP (SCI Dallas)

February 27, 2018

I was the person that talked Mark into going with the DOC. I feel terrible!! He was also one of my best friends and the best EMS partner I ever had!
We did many projects togethet as three buddies. We lost Gary "Pudgy" Evans three years ago. Now I am left to carry on our legacy.
Rest Easy Brother Mark!!
CO II and former EMT

Sgt. Terry Hoffer (ret.) / Paramedic
PA DOC. / East Hills EMS

February 27, 2018

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Sergeant Baserman. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

U.S. Postal Inspector Scott Horne
U.S. Postal Inspection Service

February 27, 2018

Rest in Peace Brother in Blue.

“Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called Children of God.”

Matthew 5:9

Detective D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

February 27, 2018

Rest in Peace Sergeant Baserman. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard C. Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections

February 27, 2018

Final Salute Sergeant Baserman. Thank you for your service. You are a hero. Rest peacefully in the presence of God. We are praying for the family and fellow officers.

Former Patrol Sergeant
Johnny Allison
Wylie TX Police Dept

February 27, 2018

Sergeant Baserman, may our Lord welcome you into His waiting arms, immerse you and your loved ones in His Divine Mercy, and grant you eternal peace. Thanks for your service.

Jess Espinosa

February 27, 2018

RIP, prayers for the family.

Sgt. Ron Cromer
Marin Co. Sheriff, FL

February 27, 2018

RIP, Sgt Baserman. Praying for you and your loved ones.

Officer C Curione
Rochester Police Department, NY

February 27, 2018

Rest in peace Brother Mark.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

February 27, 2018

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service

February 27, 2018

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Sergeant Mark J. Baserman and the extended law enforcement family of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Pennsylvania.

End of Watch Monday, February 26, 2018.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your memory.

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

February 27, 2018

On behalf of the 1st shift at the Federal Detention center of Los Angeles, we mourn Marks life as a Correctional Sergeant in Pennsylvania. No matter the distance in this great country between agencies when one of us is assaulted, maimed or murdered this distances collapses one just cause and reflection on why we do what we do and what keeps us vigilant. This news is dire and I can only proclaim on behalf of this shift, be prepared to fight the moment that sallyport locks from behind you and keep that mindset for the shift. Be prepared to fight for your partners life and that of your own. These inmates have the propensity of violence and that must be met in return, through your own use of force guidelines, but commit justice because it is JUST US, within these walls... Remember Mark.

Lt. Fitzgerald
Federal Bureau of Prisons

February 27, 2018

Rest In Peace Brother LEO. Thank you and your family for your sacrifice and service. Thoughts and prayers for your family, friends and coworkers.

Officer Mike Robinson (Ret)
Upland Police Dept. CA

February 27, 2018

Rest In Peace...

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

February 27, 2018

RIP brother!

MPO Tim Moorefield
Virginia Beach Police Dept.

February 27, 2018

Condolences to the family. Thank you for your service. Eternal rest grant unto him, Oh Lord + let perpetual light shine upon him. May he Rest In Peace. Amen

Sybil Vidrine
Resident of Louisiana

February 27, 2018

Praying for your family. Thank you for your service.

Brendan Noto RN
Former RN PA DOC.

February 27, 2018

Your 10-7 Sgt. Mark Baserman, thank you for your service. We'll take the rest of the watch from here. Godspeed...

Captain Douglas Benner
PA Dept of Corrections - SCI Camp Hill

February 27, 2018

May God welcome you with open arms sir. May God comfort your family in his embrace.

Sgt. David Osborne Jr
Tennessee Highway Patrol

February 27, 2018

RIP Sgt.

Civilian Kenneth Rowe

February 27, 2018

our hearts and prayers are with the family and friends as a sergeant. with the colorado dept of correction please except our deepest condolences

Tracy Jokela Sergeant

February 27, 2018

Deepest Sympathy to the Baserman family and to the Brothers and Sisters of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. May HIS LOVE be a comfort during this time of LOSS.!

Chaplain Terry L. Longacre (Ret.Manor Tw
Red RoseLodge FOP#16Lancaster Co. Pa.a

February 27, 2018

A Prayer for Sergeant Mark J. Baserman:

Lord God, I boldly and humbly come before Your throne in sincere faithful and fervent prayer as we remember in this moment our Brother-in-Blue, Sergeant Mark J. Baserman, of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, who sacrificed his life in the Line-of-Duty. We recall with gratitude and respect all that he stood for in this life. Help us to live in the companionship of his spirit. May we be kind to the family, friends, and colleagues he loved; devoted to the state in which he served; and loyal to the causes which he championed in law enforcement. For Scripture says: God blesses those who work for peace for they will be called the children of God ; there is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends; I [Jesus] assure you, today you will be with me in Paradise, and; God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Thus, in our life, may Sergeant Mark J. Baserman live on, to our great comfort, to the betterment of Your creation, and to the furthering of Your most Holy Will. Amen.

Pastor Steven R. Closs, B.S.B.S., LOICM, MNACM, AMCHC
The Prayer Ministry of the Cross
Merrimack, NH 03054
An Independent Christian Global Outreach Ministry
Chartered by the National Association of Christian Ministers

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Merrimack, NH Police Department

February 27, 2018

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