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Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers

Sterling Heights Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Saturday, June 5, 2004

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Reflections for Police Officer Mark Anthony Sawyers


Happy Father's Day! I can't help but to hope that you see the young lady that Lily is turning into. When she's doing things, I often wonder if you're watching, or what you would think and say if you were still here. Would you be smiling as she goes tubing on the lake, watching nervously as she jumps in horseback riding, taking pictures at sixth grade graduation as she wins an award? I often wonder how you'd handle the sassiness, and tween hormones and what parenting together would be like. I will never know those things, but what I do know is that you love her with all your heart. She's a part of you and I, and our love, that lives on. For that I am so grateful. Today I will smile and remember the special times that you and Lily had together. The dancing together, the way she would light up and say 'dada', and the look on your face when she was born and you first held her. Those moments are memories I cherish with all my heart. Thanks for the 76 today, too. I love you!



June 21, 2015

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

June 6, 2015

1176 reflections left here for you & the temperature held at "76" most of day yesterday,...Thank you for sending your signs, signs telling us your still here, if only in spirit. I promise you, we carry you with us day in and day out. You are, and will always be, a part of us. Yesterday was especially difficult for many people, perhaps because we were not physically together but we certainly were not alone. We miss you dearly Mark. Please continue to watch over Yvonne, Lily, Mom, Dad, Michael, Michelle, and the SHPD. We know you're never far away......


June 5, 2015

Dear Mark,

We lost you 11 years ago today. I miss you so much and have to remind myself that you are in the best place but I can't help it, selfish me wants you here with us. That's all I am going to write because I can't see with the tears pouring down my face. I am so heart broken. I love you.

Love Mom

Proud Mom

June 4, 2015

I know today is a big day in Heaven and I can't share it with you but celebrate it with my Grandma, Papa and Jamie. I love you . Happy Easter

Love Mom


April 4, 2015

Remembering you is easy, I do it everyday
Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.

I love you.


March 15, 2015

I can't believe it will be 11 years since this happened. The closer I get to my career in Law Enforcement the more I think about you and the sacrifice you made! You truly are a hero Mark and you wont ever be forgotten. God Speed

Ashley V

January 24, 2015

I stopped into the SHPD yesterday, still overwhelming driving past Marks spot and going into tht building. As I walked out my eyes filled with tears, and the sadness all came back. Yvonne, Faith, Jr, Michelle and esp Lilly I think of you often and pray for your pain to ease. ♡

Anne Z.

January 23, 2015

To My Dearest Son,

We celebrated Christmas again without you. It still hurts but have to celebrate for the kids. Lily sang a song at Michelle's house. She has the voice of an angel. She is so growing up. She knows a lot about a lot of stuff. Just like you. She really amazes me with her knowledge. I know that you are doing your job for God now but I wish with all my heart that you were here. That's selfish of me because I know Heaven is a better place but I want you to be with us. Merry Christmas Mark. I love you and miss you.

Faith Sawyers

December 26, 2014


I am sitting here getting ready for roll and Andre and I have been remembering you and your ever-present smile. How much fun we all had. You are truly one of the nicest people I have ever known. We miss you very much.

Page B

Sergeant Rodney Page Ballinger II
Detroit Police Department 5th Pct Academy Classmate

December 21, 2014

Happy Birthday Mark. I love and miss you.
The "76" in my window is burning thanks to Steve.
Lily spent the night last night after going to Huckleberry Railroad with 21 of us. I can't believe she is wearing make up. Where did your little girl go. She is growing up so fast. We had lots of fun last night and then scrapping booking today. She is such a delight and so much like you. Lots of love Mom

Mother of Mark Sawyers
Mother of Mark Sawyers

November 29, 2014

It's amazing what brings you to the forefront of my thoughts. I'm taking care of things around the house, the TV blaring "The Voice". A contestant is singing "Its So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday". I literally see myself sitting in the gallery at your funeral 10 years ago, tears flowing being in total disbelief, listening to Officers from Detroit PD singing the most beautiful rendition of this song. I'll never forget you Mark.


Emergency Dispatcher
Sterling Heights PD

September 22, 2014

I Haven't Been On This Site In Sometime....I Didn't Know Mark Personally But I Knew Of Him Through Friends. I Think Of Him Often And Always Read Through Some Of The Reflections When I Get The Chance. Mark's Sacrifice Will Never Be Forgotten. 76 Forever. Keep Watch Over Us Mark. We Need It.

Ferndale Pd

August 18, 2014

I can't believe it has been 10 years. I felt tonight was more difficult than previous years. Everybody did a fantastic job including your daughter at the vigil. Even though this was the last organized vigil and there are changes coming for us. I promise you and your family this. No matter what uniform I wear, I will never forget and you will always be remembered.

Dispatcher Adam Vanderleun

June 5, 2014


Its hard to believe we lost you 10 years ago. In a few hours we will gather to celebrate your life and reflect on the impact knowing you has had on our lives. I am privileged to call you my friend and honored to feel a part of your family. Your legacy lives on in all who love you.

I miss you C30!!

Kathy Gardner

Sterling Heights Police

June 4, 2014

As police week ends it brings back so many memories. It has been 10 years and in some ways it seems like much longer since you were with us and in other ways it seems like just yesterday. Dad, Michelle, Tina, Terry, and I went to DC to honor you and your fellow fallen officers. It is always hard to do but with this being the 10th anniversary it is especially hard. A lot of officers and their families also went to DC and provided us with TLC which is greatly appreciated. I know that it was because of you and all the other angels that the vigil went on and the storm blew over. I left a picture of Lily next to the patch on the wall. She looks so much like you at that age. We are lucky to have such a piece of you and we love her very much. I am hoping to see some sort of sign from you because June is approaching and it brings rough times for us. I love you and never go a day without thinking about you.

Love Mom


May 17, 2014

As Police Week draws near, I will be there again to honor your sacrifice. Seems unreal that almost ten years have passed. My wife, who used to work with you, will not be able to make it, but thinks of you and your sacrifice all the time. Keep giving your family and friends those signs of "76" to let them know that you are okay, are at peace, and are looking out for them. I get them also and know you are keeping me safe as well. Rest brother, and know you are missed and thought of often...

PSO Kowalik

April 12, 2014

Mark Sawyers,

The last few months you been on my mind. I remember back fourteen years ago when were in the detroit police academy together. Those was the days! You stood next to me in roll call every morning and we were discipline with early morning push ups. You was always a good friend to me. You help me pass the academy bro.I remember waiting on you to pull up in the parking lot around 6:00am in the morning before class, so we could have a thirty minute study session in your car. I had a dream about that,I remember the car it was a small green escort. You explained and prepare me for some of the legal terms so well that was going to be on the test that day. Them quick study sessions with you made me cofident every test day. I ace every test because of you. I remember always telling you that, you was probably a great school teacher before you started this police stuff. Also i cant forget about when we graduated, you use to invite me over to your house located in warren in the morning to workout. We lift weights really hard in your basement. We had a lot of personal talks them days. I was only 22 years at the time and i really admire you. I miss and think about you all the time. May God bless your soul and your family.. You will never be forgotten.

Derrick Mahone 4357
Detroit police.

Police Officer
Detroit Police Dept

March 13, 2014


I miss you as always, but today has a sharper sting to it. It's not a special day for any reason in particular- no anniversary, birthday, or otherwise. It just feels like forever since I've seen you or held you. Some days the pain and reality of losing you is just so incredibly heart breaking.

I just wanted to leave you a little note. Come seer in my dreams or send a sign. I know you love me, and I you. Those little things just keep me stronger.

I love you. Xoxoxo


March 2, 2014

Just wanted to check in brother, You are not forgotten!!!

Timothy Hartman
Federal Law Enforcement Agent, & former HP classmate

February 14, 2014

Honor, Courage, Sacrifice! We have continued to remember you. Fallen, but absolutely, Never Forgotten. Hope you continue to kick the hell out of the coward who took your spirit, shoving him further and further through the gates of Hell!

Warren (MI) Police Department

February 6, 2014

**Never Forgotten**

Bay City (MI) Police Department

February 4, 2014


Thank you for all of the signs the last few days! I saw 76 everywhere. I love that I still get these signs and feel it is you. Please send some signs for your mom. I pray she can open her heart to them and see them as a sign of your love.

I miss you dearly, and still have bad days. However, I have so much in my life that makes it full and happy. The kids are getting so big. Lily almost wears the same shoe size as me! Camden lost his first tooth the other day. They love to annoy one another as brothers and sisters do best, but they also make me laugh with their funny dances and things they do together. They are out sledding with Matt right now. He's so good about doing the fun activities that memories are made of. God has given me another wonderful, loving husband and I am beyond grateful for it. I just have this feeling that you see all this and have helped to make our lives what they are today as our guardian angel.

Christmas morning all six grandparents came over for breakfast. I sat there and watched them all talking and interacting, and almost cried. We are so blessed to have six amazing people in our lives that come together for the kids, get along, and make it our 'normal.' Your mom got here first and started taking charge cooking breakfast. You know how she is, she's all business! I love that about her. I never have to worry when she's around about getting stuff done. Your dad cooked everyone's eggs. It made me smile because you were my egg man for breakfast, too. I know that you are so proud of them for how they have handled all of this. I know I am too. They have such big hearts and I love them so much.

I missed our Caesar so much, so I started looking for a dog to rescue. I found a puppy that is four months old that we took on a week trial adoption. We told the kids Christmas morning that we were keeping him. Lily loves him a lot already! I know it will be a lot of work, but I am excited! He's going to be a big boy!

I know I don't wrote on here as often as I used to, but I guess that's just part of the grief process. No one is ever healed, but time does help. So does a busy life! I try my best to live life, make memories, and be thankful for all that God has given me. My favorite analogy is the one about God weaving a tapestry. It reminds me that he is always there, and that my life is a work in progress. Thank you for being a beautiful piece in that tapestry. You are a part of me forever, and I love you so. Merry Christmas.


December 26, 2013

Merry Christmas Mark, I love and miss you so much. These ten years have been HELL not being with you. You had so much going for you and your family. It just breaks my heart, It is so unfair that all someone wanted was a gun. All you ever did was want to protect people. So senseless. He took mine and JR son, Michelle and Michael's brother, he took Yvonne's husband, and Lily's Daddy. Why!!!!. It is making me crazy thinking about it. You were getting to the point where you had everything going for you. You had two careers, a great wife and baby, looking for the Big House and you loved your job. It pains me to run through all this so I better stop and focus on the reason for the season which I know is Jesus Christ. I just wish you were here. I am so sorry that there was nothing I could do to protect you.
I love you Mark and can't wait to get to be with you. I love you.


December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Mark!!!!
Your mom is still having a hard time with losing you. She goes on crying spells and it is so sad. We try to be of help but sometimes she just wants to be left alone. She is on a better medication and it seems to help but she just wants you to come home. I feel so bad for her. She is never going to see her Mark again. I can't immagine it. The daily pain. All we can do is try to be there for her. We need to help lift the Sawyers Family Up. The 10 year anniversary is coming and they are trying to blot it out but they do want to go to DC and be a part of it. They just hurt all the time and I wish we could do something to help.

Warren PD who knows the whole family
Warren PD

December 24, 2013

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