Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Mark Joseph Ellis

New York City Police Department, New York

End of Watch Tuesday, September 11, 2001

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Reflections for Police Officer Mark Joseph Ellis

I cannot say enough or offer enough tears or emotions for the numerous, numerous amazing men and women who gave so selflessly and heroically that day and for still many, the numerous days that followed over the numerous years to come. On this 19th anniversary of one of the deadliest days for American law enforcement I'd like to say to you all thank you, God Bless you and rest in peace always knowing that your service and sacrifice will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

September 11, 2020

As the nation goes through a horrible time of police being despised by many in our country I saw someone on facebook post your memory. I read through some of the reflections and saw a former partner of yours write of how you hailed a cab to get to the World Trade Center to save lives. I look at your picture forever young and you remind me of my son a young NYPD officer. You are what police officer are and do. I am so sorry you lost your life. I have tears as I write this message. Rest in peace officer. You and all the others that sacrificed your lives on that terrible day will always be remembered

Lt Saul Roth
Nassau County PD

August 29, 2020

As the nation goes through a horrible time of police being despised by many in our country I saw someone on facebook post your memory. I read through some of the reflections and saw a former partner of yours write of how you hailed a cab to get to the World Trade Center to save lives. I look at your picture forever young and you remind me of my son a young NYPD officer. You are what police officer are and do. I am so sorry you lost your life. I have tears as I write this message. Rest in peace officer. You and all the others that sacrificed your lives on that terrible day will always be remembered

Lt Saul Roth Retired
Nassau County PD

August 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Ellis.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

July 19, 2019

As a criminal justice college professor, every year I do a presentation in remembrance of 9-11 for my students. This year I will be doing a special presentation in memory of Officer Ellis. I learned recently that he was the cousin of one of my faculty members. I will be leading the class in prayer for the family of Mark Ellis. We will not forget.

Dr. Sue Weaver, Department Chair
Emmanuel College, Dept. of Social Sciences, Franklin Springs, GA

July 18, 2019

In Troy, Ohio we just had our second annual event, called the Freedom Climb. It is to honor all of the fallen first responders of 09/11. Every participant wears a tag with a first responders name and their department during the climb. I chose yours, I will continue to choose you every year. You are a true hero, sir, may you Rest In Peace.

Patrolman Laura Blankenship
City of Troy, Ohio PD

September 10, 2018

MARK ELLIS
I remember when we were in the NYPD Police Academy together assigned to field training in the 110th precinct in May of 1998. We were both the same age, and were both filled with the ambition that rookies often have. Our shields were shiny and our gun belts brand new. We compared equipment and complained about how hard it was to pay for a hundred dollar flashlight on a rookie's salary. You and I were assigned to a foot post on Roosevelt Av and as the 7 train roared over us, we spoke about how we couldn't wait to graduate the academy and start our careers at our permanent commands. We also talked about our ambitions and expectations in law enforcement. We exchanged phone numbers; spoke a couple of times after graduation but since we were assigned to different commands in different boroughs, we eventually lost touch. I came across your number in the summer of 2001 and was going to call you to say hello, but life as a NYC Police Officer often leaves us with little time for catching up.

I also remember the sinking feeling I felt when I looked across the East River and saw the first tower collapse on September 11th, 2001. All I could think about was how many brother Officers and Firefighters I just witnessed lose their lives in a matter of a moment. I was overwhelmed with the intense feeling that you get when a fellow Officer is calling a 10-13 (Officer needs HELP!) over the radio.

We all felt heartbroken when it was ascertained that we where missing 23 NYPD Officers, along with many Port Authority Officers and FDNY firefighters. My jaw dropped when I heard you where one of the missing. It really hit home when an Officer falls that is the same age as me and graduated in the same academy class. It then occurred to me how easily it could have been me.

The subsequent report of how you and your partner took over a NYC cab (an accomplishment in of itself) and rushed to the WTC to save lives makes all of us proud. Your sacrifice makes me realize the importance of our work and how precious life is.

Our lives and careers started around the same time, but yours ended way too early. As I continue my life and career in law enforcement (I moved on to the Village/Town of Mt Kisco PD and then the Westchester County PD) I carry the lessons learned from my reflections and along with our brother Officers nationwide, greatly appreciate the bravery

Detective Joseph A. Donza
Westchester County Police Department

February 11, 2018

Never forgotten...God bless.

Danny Watts, Captain
Winston-Salem Police Department

September 12, 2016

May God rest your soul, thank you for your service.

Peter Kennedy

October 25, 2015

I am a recruit for the LASD Academy 403, I want to offer my condolences for the family of Officer Mark Ellis. Your heroic deeds and courage are the standard in which every law enforcement personnel should strive for. As a veteran of the Army, I served for 4 years and did a tour of OIF in 03-04. You will always be remembered.

Han J Srun
LASD Academy

September 28, 2014

You as always are remembered

Pat
civilian

September 11, 2012

MARK ELLIS
I remember when we were in the NYPD Police Academy together assigned to field training in the 110th precinct in May of 1998. We were both the same age, and were both filled with the ambition that rookies often have. Our shields were shiny and our gun belts brand new. We compared equipment and complained about how hard it was to pay for a hundred dollar flashlight on a rookie's salary. You and I where assigned to a foot post on Roosevelt Av and as the 7 train roared over us, we spoke about how we couldn't wait to graduate the academy and start our careers at our permanent commands. We also talked about our ambitions and expectations in law enforcement. We exchanged phone numbers; spoke a couple of times after graduation but since we where assigned to different commands in different boroughs, we eventually lost touch. I came across your number in the summer of 2001 and was going to call you to say hello, but life as a NYC Police Officer often leaves us with little time for catching up.

I also remember the sinking feeling I felt when I looked across the East River and saw the first tower collapse on September 11th, 2001. All I could think about was how many brother Officers and Firefighters I just witnessed lose their lives in a matter of a moment. I was overwhelmed with the intense feeling that you get when a fellow Officer is calling a 10-13 (Officer needs HELP forthwith!) over the air.

We all felt heartbroken when it was ascertained that we where missing 23 NYPD Officers, along with many Port Authority Officers and FDNY firefighters. My jaw dropped when I heard you where one of the missing. It really hit home when an Officer falls that is the same age as me and graduated in the same academy class. It then occurred to me how easily it could have been me.

The subsequent report of how you and your partner took over a NYC cab (an accomplishment within itself) and rushed to the WTC to save lives makes all of us proud. Your sacrifice makes me realize the importance of our work and how precious life is.

Our lives and careers started around the same time, but yours ended way to early. As I continue my life and career in law enforcement (I’m now a cop in a Westchester County suburb a few minutes north of NYC) I carry the lessons learned from my reflections and along with our brother Officers nationwide, greatly appreciate the bravery, heroism, and sacrifice you made. Rest in peace brother!

Detective Joseph A. Donza
Village/Town of Mount Kisco NY Police Department

February 14, 2012

I joined this dept. Because of men and women like you. God bless you.

PO
NYPD

October 1, 2011

Just watched CSI:New York. At the end of the show Gary Sinese's tribute to those fallen on 9/11/01 made me remember that I have a bracelet with the name of a Missing in Action NYPD Officer. That name is Mark Willis. I Googled his name to find that Officer Mark Willis died on that tragic day.

Mark, I want to thank you for your sacrifice and dedication. May God Bless You and Your Family. And God Bless America.

Susan Stapleton
Camden, Ohio

September 24, 2011

Susan Stapleton

September 24, 2011

Thank you for your service and making the ultimate sacrifice. may god bless you and all your loved ones.

Beth Eichinger
Carpentersville Police

September 13, 2011

Mark

10 years has gone by and it feels as if was just yesterday. You did what others wouldnt do and thousands of lives were saved that day. You are not forgotten

Detective Patrick Donohue
NYPD

September 11, 2011

Mark-
I remember you from junior high and high school like it was yesterday, always so kind and considerate. As soon as I heard the news after 9-11 that you had been amongst the heroes taken that day my heart ached. When I visited the Fallen Officers Memorial in DC a few years ago I stopped and said a prayer by your name. Thank you for your bravery.

God Bless

Nicole
LVMPD

September 1, 2011

every time I see your face I heart still melts...time goes on but the pain still remains. I will never forget the love we shared for six years and how it ended so tragically. You will always be a part of me. I will always love you and never forget your sacrifice!

stephanie
my love

February 4, 2011

Mark, throughout the acadamy it was obvious you were a leader. Men of your caliber are few and far between and what you did comes as no shock to me. I wish you got to live your life. God bless you and God bless your family.

PO Joseph V
NYPD co. 97-51

September 11, 2010

Your sacrifice will never be forgotten. God bless you and God bless America.

Miranda

September 11, 2009

I am forever in debt to the 23-37 and the 343. Your sacrifice has not been forgotten. You are a true hero, Thank you for your service Sir.

Deputy and Firefighter
Glades County, Florida

September 11, 2009

Mark

It has been eight years since you made the ultimate sacrifice along with Ray Suarez. I still can't fathom that you and everyone else that died that day is gone. You are not forgotten and never will be.

DETECTIVE PATRICK J. DONOHUE
NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

September 11, 2009

You are not forgotten...thank you

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

Officer Ellis,
Sir, on today the 8th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you to you and all the other LEO's who died on that day for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
USBP

Anonymous

September 11, 2009

The anniversary of 9/11 is coming up in a few days as you well know. I just wanted you to know that you have not been forgotten. Rest in Peace...

Sergeant Chris DiToro
NYPD

September 8, 2009

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