Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Police Department, District of Columbia

End of Watch Wednesday, June 13, 2001

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Reflections for Officer Marlon Francisco Morales

I came to visit you at the Candlelight Vigil. I was there with Jen Talman (Mogford) We talked about our times back in the Academy and at your funeral. You will never be forgotten Brother.

Kurt Dove
Academy Classmate

May 20, 2012

Rest in Peace, Officer Morales. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 4, 2012

RIP Officer Morales, you shall never be forgotten sir.

James Kotke
Civilian / Former Officer
WSF Park Police (Wi.)

January 19, 2012



June 14, 2011


I remember hearing our dispatcher put out the call like it was yesterday. At that time I didn't know it was you, but I hoped that whoever it was would be okay. After I found out that you were the officer down, I felt like I was punched in the chest. I prayed daily for your well being and later I cried when I heard you had passed.
Today, on the 10th anniversary of your passing, I was at the memorial with your family. I shared with them my fond memories of you; how we laughed during our class breaks, and whenever we saw the "immigration" van, and how we supported each other during our academy training. I will never forget those days my brother.
You were a great friend. You always had a smile on your face, a positive outlook on life, and great love for your family. You were the embodiment of a great and sincere person, which is why you are missed by many who knew you.
You will always be in my thoughts. I promise you that, as long as I have control over it, I will come to the wall to copy your name. And I will hope that as long as I have breath in my lungs, I can be half the man you were when I knew you.
I miss you my brother.


Det. Marseilles
ACPD - Academy Classmate

June 13, 2011

I was at your memorial today. 10 years...its hard to believe. Your brother showed me photos of your kids! Your son is HUGE and he looks just like you!!! Your baby girl is getting so big and she is absolutely beautiful. We all miss you. You to this day remain in all of our hearts and minds. We will never forget you!

Det Mindy Woods (Thompson)
ACPD Academy Classmate

June 13, 2011

10 years ago you played with the kids for the last time... You kissed us on the way out the door... and then you left for work and never came home... We spoke about basketball scores... and decided what we were gonna do for Jeramy's 11th birthday... there was the dreaded knock on the door... but we had hope... You were moving your hands and feet and trying to communicate with us... I see you in the hospital and you give me the signal... my prayer are answered... you are going to be alright... when they finally get you to the room after all the tests you were able to write to me and answer questions... then you finally relax enough to fall asleep... but you never wake up... my worst fears eventually are realized... I've lost you forever... Not a day goes by that you are not thought of... You will always be a part of our lives... so much has changed in the last 10 years... Jeramy turns 21 Monday... I think Kings Dominion is not going to work this year! Josh is gearing up for college... we go next week for an overnight orientation! Meghan is Meghan... 10 years old... I wish she had memories of her own of you... 10 years... You would be so proud of our kids...

surviving spouse

June 10, 2011

It is hard to believe it has been almost 10 years since your passing. We were so shocked when our son called to tell us what had happened. You both had only been on the streets such a short time! Your Life and your passing touched so many people, especially your fellow officers. Knowing, without a doubt, that you are in heaven I ask you to watch over my son, and to intercede with the Lord for his safety, and that of all of your comrades. We pray for your family always, and keep up with their progress through our son. Your friends and fellow officers will never forget you, and watch over your lovely wife and children. Thank you for your service. Thank you for your friendship with our son. And thank you for leaving a legacy of courage and duty to those who have come after you. Jen, you and the children are in our thoughts and prayers always. God Bless you as you go forward in life, teaching your children how very special their father was.

Kathi Whitfield
Mother of a Metro Transit police officer

May 19, 2011

It was a year ago today that I last left a message. The Candle Light Vigil is tonight. I think about you often Brother!!

Ofc. Kurt Dove

May 13, 2011

Last night was Josh's Senior Prom... wow... does he look like you! You would be so proud of who is is becoming... Then Meghan had her Gymnastic's Open House! Busy day yesterday... the kind of days that you should get to be a part of... I know you wouldn't miss a second of it if you had your choice... One thing you taught me was never take a second for granted... we are never promised a tomorrow... Can't believe we are coming up to the 10 years anniversary of your passing... it just doesn't seem possible... We still miss you and I try and tell the kids the stuff I remember and the stuff I know you would want them to know and do! Like open the door for a lady!! And how proud you would have been watching Meghan at the open house...
Thanks for all the memories...

Surviving Spouse

April 17, 2011

Well... You would have been 42 today... it's hard to believe that 9 and a half years ago you were taken from us...
The kids and I still miss you and if we could make a wish on your birthday it would be that you can watch over us...

Love you... Jen

Surviving Spouse...

December 26, 2010

Today is Veteran's Day and as I checked the ODMP site for news of more fallen comrades it was your profile that was featured. Although I did not know you we are Brothers, military veterans who continued our service to our Nation. Rest in honored Glory Marlon, my brother, you have done well and served with honor.


November 11, 2010

Rest in peace, my are remembered


June 13, 2010

well... 9 years ago tonight there came a knock on the door that changed my life forever... there was so much hope that first night... I couldn't give up hope that you would always be there for us... but your time here was coming to a close...

you will never be forgotten... thanks for being mine...

Surviving Spouse

June 10, 2010

Tonight is the Candlelight Vigil. I was thinking about you and wanted to let you know that you are still by my side everyday.

Ofc. Kurt Dove

May 13, 2010

Thank you for your bravery, duty, and ultimate sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

January 30, 2010

Well, Josh turned 17 yesterday... wow time has flown by... Meghan is studying Washington DC in Social Studies in school and wanted to take some pictures to school of the monuments that she has seen... it reminded me of the trip Josh and I took to come out to visit you while you were in Metro Police Tranining... I got the photo album out for her and she has a hard time believing Josh was ever that little! So then I pulled out the photo album of when the boys and I first came to VA... and when we took the boys to all the sites! It was so cold!

You are never far from our thoughts...

Jen Morales

December 1, 2009

Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called sons of god. Rest in peace Officer Morales.


May 7, 2009

I am still deeply saddened every time I come on here and read the reflections left by everyone, especially your wife. Being involved in this case and attending your funeral was the first police funeral I had been to at the time. I wished this was the only one I ever had to go to because of how horrible I felt for your department and most of all your family. I never wanted to feel these feelings again and knew one day my own department's "luck" would eventually end. I was glad to see your children have been successful in school and are turning into fine adults. I do enjoy reading your wife's updates on them. You will always live on through your children and your memory will not fade. They know their father is a hero along with all the officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We never got to meet in this life so I will see you in the next someday. Keep watch over us and pray for all the officers that have followed behind you.

Police Officer PPD

February 14, 2009

Officer Marlon Francisco Morales,

The circumstances of your death are among the most horrendous involving the slaying of a law officer. It is truly the horror of everyone who enforces the law to be gunned down without even a chance to protect one's self. Yet we put on the uniform and go to work another day. Each of has dedicated ourselves to law enforcement and that alone makes us noble and part of a huge family. When one of us dies, we all feel the pain. Each of us understands that a family remains waiting and wondering the age-old question of...why? As long as lawless individuals roam the streets there will always be law officers on their heels. Unfortunately your death will not be the last. While we cannot deny our fate we can make our commitment to back one another and resolve to make it known that to harm one of us will only bring out great numbers of us to hunt you down. Each time. Every time. And always. We salute you as a hero among heros. Embrace those law officers who have gone on before you and stand tall among them knowing you have done your duty. Well done, officer, ...well done.

To you I render a final salute.

Cpl. Ralph D. Fiorenza (Ret.)
Pennsylvania State Police

November 17, 2008

I just wanted to catch up... Wow our children are growing fast... Jeramy is 18 and a Senior this year... He is doing a co-op class that lets him have a job in the afternoons! He goes to school in the morning and then works from 1-5... This way he still gets to do all the high school activities! He really enjoys working and is doing a great job in school! Josh will be getting his license Dec 2, he's disappointed that his birthday is on a Sunday this year! He has to wait until Tuesday to get his license! He made the honor roll again! Meghan is in Second Grade and is loving school! She is an excellent student and one of the top in her class! She is having a great time in gymnastics and actually pays attention! I just signed her up for basketball... not sure how this will work since last time she did gymnastic and basketball she would do cartwheels and such at the half court when she got bored!!

I'm hoping we can finally let Johnson waste away in a federal prision... October 15th he was sentenced to 16-32 years in Philadelphia on the charges stemming from his capture... June Jeffries said it best when she said he will start serving his time in Philly when he finishes his Life sentence for Marlon's death! I just pray that he harms no one else in his lifetime.

I would like to say that I love reading the reflections from so many that knew you and even those that didn't get a chance to meet you... You truly touched many lives... Today I was going through some things in the office and I started going through the notes and cards that the department received after your death... I was surprised to see an email from John Ashley, Badge 349, Metropolitan Police Department, who died in the line of duty on May 30, 2005... I'd just like to end with his quote, "It is better to have lived one day as a lion, than a lifetime as a lamb."

Jen Morales
surviving spouse

October 29, 2008

I never had the privilege of meeting Ofc. Morales. But I feel like I know what kind of man he was by reading what those who knew and loved him thought of him. I hope your family is doing well. I cannot imagine the pain they must feel. Please know that we feel the pain and sorrow with you. We are your family, too. God Bless you all.

AZ Narc

September 3, 2008

Thankyou OFFICER MORALES for your service and sacrifice. You are a true hero to us all. GOD bless your family


February 23, 2008

"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
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

September 27, 2007

Marlon and I served together in Germany and in the Gulf. I arrived in DC in 2003 and heard of his death. My heart goes to his wife and children. Ready 1st!!

US Marshals Service

September 19, 2007

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