Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel

Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Norman D. Merkel

Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Norm Merkel suffered a fatal heart attack while participating in his agency's wellness program inside the United States Courthouse in Corpus Christi, Texas.

A court security officer performed CPR after he was located but was unable to revive him.

Deputy Marshal Merkel was a U.S. Army veteran. He had served with the United States Marshals Service for 18 years and was the commander of the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. He had previously served with the McIntosh County Sheriff's Office, North Dakota, for three years. He is survived by his mother and two sisters.

Bio

  • Age 45
  • Tour 21 years
  • Badge 3019
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Heart attack
  • Location Texas

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On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Norman died in the line of duty.

To the Merkel family, fellow deputies, and all who call Norman 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. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Norman gave to his community and the citizens of our country and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 16, 2019.

Phyllis Loya
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February 18, 2020

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