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Sergeant Dennis H. Marcotte

United States Department of Defense - Selfridge Air National Guard Base Police, U.S. Government

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1998

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Reflections for Sergeant Dennis H. Marcotte

Rest in peace Sergeant Marcotte.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

November 17, 2020

Sgt. Marcotte,
On today, the 20th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


United States Border Patrol

November 20, 2018


Your daughter is one special young lady. I thought you would like to know that she grew up to become my hero. I remember the first time I met your wife and children. I am sure that you are watching over her and her family as well. She is simply amazing. Thank you for giving us the gift of her and your won. I am sorry I never go to know him...but your daughter...well, she is awesome.

I know you are resting in peace, and have been for many years. Just know how much your family truly loved you and your co-workers respected you. Thank you for always being kind to me.

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

God Bless.

Pamela Padavan-Paulin, Retired
191st SPF, MI ANG

May 15, 2017

Dennis it has been nearly 18 years since we last spoke. I continue to carry you in my heart and thoughts with fond memories of our short time working together in Counter-Terrorism and our friendship which I found invaluable. I nearly came to see you back in June 2011 after suffering 3 consecutive cardiac arrests back to back on a single eve. Fortunately, I was already hospitalized and was saved rather quickly following them so I am told. I do not recall anything other than being at peace during the time I was medically deceased other than the moments leading up to the first cardiac arrest and a brief couple of minutes some point that night when I was given my last rights and communion by the VA's Catholic Chaplin. Over the next year I will undergo a bi-pulmonary and cardio transplant which will take between 8-12 months between surgery, recovery and follow up visits. I will have you in my thoughts during that time as I very often do and ask that you watch over me as a friend please.
I hope your family has all been well, I am certain they have with you watching over them as well. My sincerest apologies for not making an effort to reach out to them as I should have all these years. I never had the good fortune of meeting them in person. Mrs. Marcotte, I do so apologize to you and your son and daughter for this. Should you ever want or need any assistance with anything financial or otherwise please do not hesitate to contact me. You can find my email address by googling my name in case they do not print it which is [email protected] Whatever I can do to help you I will if I can.
Well Dennis thank you for listening to me as you always have. What a great friend you have been to me! All of my best to your family you are all in my prayers.

Mr. Jaimie A. Brehler

US Army

March 28, 2016

I was fortunate enough to know Dennis for years as he greeted me each day upon my arrival at Selfridge. A true professional, Dennis never wavered in his duties to protect the large Base Community at Selfridge. He was always diligent, alert, personable and approachable. The consummate image of a firm and fair officer that believed in his Community, State and Nation as he provided skilled overwatch of each. I missed Officer Marcotte the first day he was taken from earth. I can call him Officer Marcotte, comrade and more importantly a friend who's absence is noted because HE was so damn good! My best my friend! God speed!

Colonel Tiger Greiger

November 19, 2014

My Dearest Love: Today marks 15 years from the day you were suddenly taken from us. Even though time has gone by, it still seems to have stopped for me. Our family has grown with grandchildren of which you would have just loved being with. We will continue to keep your memory to them. They speak about you, even though they never got to meet you. Your sparkling eyes I will always see. Your loving heart I will always feel. And, you, I will always miss and will always love with all my heart.
You are with the many officers whose lives have ended doing their best to enforce the law. They all loved their jobs as officers. Unfortunately their families, friends and fellow officers live with the grief of their loss as I do from losing you. God Bless all of you.

Mrs. Dennis H. Marcotte

November 20, 2013

Thank you for your service and for helping to make America a safer place.

Deputy Brian Jones
Boulder County Sheriff's Office, CO

January 25, 2013

thinking of you and all of your loved ones today. Continue to keep watch over all of them. You are a true hero and true heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

November 20, 2012


It's been a while since I left my first posting to you. You were "one of a kind", the "sniper". I know that you know how much paperwork and red tape that I had to go through to get your name listed on the Memorial Wall in Washington. I think that you are also listed on the wall that Oakland County started doing a few years after your watch ended. You are gone, but never forgotten. Rest in peace sir, rest in peace.

John Faryniarz
Former DOD Lieutenant.

Lt. John Faryniarz (Retired)
Department of Defense

June 12, 2011

Dearest Dad,
How proud I am to have a father like you and to be able to tell my children about thier wonderful grandfather. You meant so much to this world and to this family that even in your absence, your life, smile and character still carry us through our days. Thank you dad for instilling in me the pride, leadership, care and love for my family and country that you had. Thank you for carrying me through the rough waters over the years and for bringing back people into my life who keep me smiling. You are and always will be a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Please keep my baby girl safe and continue to watch over us....I love you my hero.

Ninette T. Marcotte-Le Ray
United States Air Force-Daughter

September 23, 2010

To my beloved husband: Eleven years ago today, God took you from us, so suddenly and so very unexpected. Grieving does not get any easier as time goes on as many people tell us it will. The memory of your last day with us is as vivid as if it was yesterday. I miss you so very much and am so sad that you cannot be here with me to enjoy our grandchildren, whom you would have loved to spend time with. They have lost a special grandfather but we tell them about you and let them know you are watching out for them. My love is yours forever.

Theresa Marcotte
Dennis's wife

November 20, 2009

"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 whos 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

March 18, 2008

Rest in Peace Sir

Pat Van Den Berghe, Manchester, NH
Neighbors for a Better Manchester, NH

November 29, 2007


You are missed very much and I know that you and Frank are together watching over the officers that are left with the DA Police at SANG.

John Faryniarz
Fomer Lieutenant

October 7, 2007

I wish I had been so lucky as to have met Sgt Marcotte. I know I would have liked him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and fellow officers. Rest in peace, Sir. Semper Fi.

AZ Narc

January 7, 2007

Thank you for your years of service and dedication to our country. May you rest in peace, Sir! You are not forgotten.

Police Officer

December 9, 2006

Mrs. Marcotte and family I'm sorry that I have yet to find the training videos of Dennis in action during our S.R.T. days. I have contacted everyone I know including the former director (in Hawaii) of the North Carolina Academy of Counterterrorism who I donated all 15 years of my compiled Counterterrorism materials to in search of the video to no avail. I am moving @ october 18, 2006 and pray I will find it in my boxes up in my attic for you then. I just wanted you to know that I have never stopped trying for you. After all I owe you for making Dennis late coming home by making him listen to my troubles many a evening when he should have been with his loving family instead.

Mr. Jaimie A. Brehler
Former DoD S.R.T.- SSG/E6 U.S. Army

September 16, 2006

I have been near the SANG base numerous times when visiting family in Harrison Township. Today, on the 7th anniversary of your death, I offer up my prayers to your family, your wife, children, grandchildren, daughter in law you didn't meet.... all of them. You will never be forgotten. Every day that goes by is one day closer that you will be reunited in heaven. My prayers are with you all. God bless.

Up North Michigan

November 20, 2005

To Sgt. Dennis Marcotte, his family and friends, and fellow officers.

On this the seventh anniversary of your tragic death, please know that you are not forgooten. Your valor and dedication will be forever honored.
Rest In Peace, Sgt. Marcotte.

May your family continue to be cared for by their law enforcment family and other police survivors.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the many years of distinquished service Sgt. Marcotte gave to his community and the citizens of his country, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on November 20, 1998.

Phyllis Loya, mother of Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD eow 4/24/05

November 20, 2005

Sgt. Marcotte,
On today, the 7th anniversary of your death, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country.


November 20, 2005

Mrs. Marcotte this website will not allow me to leave my E-mail address here for you. PLease do a Yahoo or Google search of my name. My e-mail address appears on the MP Homepage.

Mr. Jaimie A. Brehler

August 30, 2004

Mrs. Marcotte, sorry but I have no affiliation with the 127th and I now live out of state.

Dennis was a very close and dear friend to me and I know from talking with him often how special all of his family was to him. I have much to share with you about him that I do not think he shared with many other people in his life. I am very sorry for not getting in touch with you sooner, but if Dennis shared anything about me with you then you know I was having some very serious problems adjusting to getting off of Active Duty and just coming home from a year in the Balkans/Bosnia. Dennis was a much needed ear for me and helped me greatly. Again I am sorry I was not there when he needed someone to help him.

Mr. Jaimie A. Brehler

June 24, 2004

Thank you to Jaimie Brehler for the reflection to my dear husband, Dennis.
We, his family are delighted to hear from you, and are interested in what you have. I am sorry, that I don't know if you are related to the 127th Security Forces at SANGB, but we can be contacted through them. We do miss Dennis very much and love to hear about his contacts, thank you Jaimie.

Mrs. Dennis H. Marcotte

June 6, 2004

Dennis you always had the time to listen to my problems. You lead by example and were always can do with everything tossed at you. I had a lot going on in my head back then (just returning from Bosnia) and you tried to keep me straight. I regret that I was not there for you when you needed someone the most. If your family reads this I still have some photo's and videos for them of you in training. Just e-mail me and I will get them to you. I apologize that it has been so long but I had to get my mind right first. Out here!

Jaimie A. Brehler

May 22, 2004

I have no "rank" and am with no "agency". However I do know friends of Dennis and through them have learned that he was a was a dedicated officer and a wonderful friend whose memory will be forever carried in their hearts.


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