Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Abel Marquez

Odessa Police Department, Texas

End of Watch Wednesday, September 12, 2007

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Reflections for Corporal Abel Marquez

thanks for everything u don3 for us R.I.P,HOP3 TO S33 U ON3 DAY!!<3*


July 2, 2008


Because of you I do my job better. Every time I get ready for a call I remember what you paid. You have saved my life on more than one occasion.

It's never said, but it's true. Officers who pass away go to heaven to watch over the rest of us. Thank you.

Rest in Peace my brother. and don't worry, I'm still 10-41 10-8.

Patrolman A. Raney
Dimmitt Police Department

April 13, 2008

as the time goes by nowing it will never go awayand nowing you are the reasion i am following my heart you gave me a speeding ticket in 06 we talked about the police acadamey and the force you had nothing bad to say now i am going to go with my fellings like you said and try to be the best police officer i can and i gess what i am tryin to say is you are my hero

love for a hero

March 21, 2008

Dear Abel,

I just wanted to leave my thoughts to you as an Odessa citizen. I work for ECISD and am in contact with a couple of ECISD officers on a regular basis. These officers have a great working relationship with our office. Shortly after your death, one officer called me for business reasons and soon began to share some exciting news that was going on in the office. We started laughing and enjoying our conversation over this news. After I hung up the phone with him, I came to realization about something. As I was remembering the good time with him, I realized that a lot of people were going to miss that with you, Arlie, and Scott. As I think of the officers I have come to know in my life, I think about their families and friends, the good times and laughters. As i look at the picture of your smiling face, I pray that your family and friends can start to smile again. There have been a couple of times in my past that I needed assistance from OPD, and they have always been great to me. I've come to realize that I have a lot of love, respect, and admiration for you, Arlie, Scott, and the entire OPD as a whole. Rest in peace...

Melanie Moore

January 19, 2008

Having lost a comrade-in-arms ourselves, I can not image the loss of three knights in one incident. My sincere condolences to all of the families of Corporal Gardner, Corporal Jones, and Corp. Marquez and to the entire Odessa Police Dept. Thank you for your dedication, service, and ultimate sacrifice. RIP

Ofc. Eric Chiang
San Francisco Police Department

January 16, 2008

Merry Christmas my friend. I miss you

December 25, 2007

Hey Abel. I think you know I have and never will forget about you. I felt compelled to write this, maybe to get relief. I had a dream last night, and I think you know what I am talking about. Anyone that knows me, knows that I hardly if ever remember any of my dreams. This one was so vivid and real, it just took me away. It wasn't a nightmare it was a time we spent together doing what we always did, talking. We were walking down a street, side by side. The conversation involved the usual, our kids and families. We spoke about the stresses of life in police work and our personal life. It felt so real, I still can't make total sense of it. We walked to a Chinese restraunt to have lunch. That part I understand so well, as we ate together for 30. We walked back to an intersection, and you looked at me. You stated to me "I got to go brother, it was nice seeing you again" With that you turned to the right, and walked off. You disappeared, and I never saw where you could have gone. Then I realized where you were. There is alot more to this dream Abel, and I think you and the Lord know more about it then I do, I just try to make sense of it. I guess like other things, it's not for me to know why things are done the way they are. I can count on my right hand my dearest friends. There is one less now, with you gone. I only knew you for a very short time, but it was an honor to be among your side. We shared our most interpersonal thoughts, secrets, happiness and the way we wanted life to be. I look back and know you as a man of your word, a man that had my back on every critical incident when I most needed help as an officer. Most of all the man who took care of his family and loved Sandra and Isac, like a father should, with kindeness, love and respect. Through even bad incidents as this, Able you have brought out the positive. What I use to take for granted, I cherish much more. I called you on your cell phone a while back, tell your mom I am sorry. It was an accident. I love you Able. I truly miss you and everything you brought into my life. I will never forget you, and even now I look forward to when one day we will have a conversation, as we did here on earth. I know you are where you need to be, but like all, I envy and wish you were here with us. I feel your presence at times, and some of it just makes me laugh. Some of it makes me cry. I know you understand why it took me so long to write this. The dream last night, was one reason. So long my friend, and God Bless You.

911 Roy

Cpl. R. Celaya
Odessa PD

December 25, 2007

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.

police officer
san juan tx police department

November 14, 2007


Sorry I wasn't there man. Thanks for being a friend and an example. You taught me to never quit and to never give up, but to keep pushing. You never let me quit or give up. Thanks for pushing me. I am a better officer for it today. I will see you again one day, brother. Until then, I will do my best and make you proud. Remember the runs. Thanks for being a big brother. God bless, and rest in peace. You are a true hero.

Deputy Nathan Scott
Tom Green Co. Reserve Deputy and former OPD Officer

November 3, 2007

I come to the ODMP often to remember my late fiancé Dennis. Everytime I come here it breaks my heart to know that yet another officer has fallen and that yet another family has to live their lives without the man they loved. My heart goes out to everyone who knew and loved Corporal Marquez. Know that you are not alone in the "journey" that you walk. Should you ever need anything please don't hesitate to contact me. The Davis Co. Sheriff's Office in Iowa will always know how to reach me. You will be in my thoughts.

From reading the reflections left for Abel, he sounds like he was a great man with a beautiful spirit. Those of you who knew him in life were so blessed to have been able to share in it. I hope that you will all continue to find a way to celebrate and remember Abel's life and the MAN that he was. Remember that Abel's life was about so much more than the way he died. Abel will continue to live on as long as we continue to remember him.

Corporal Marquez, thank you for helping to make this world a little safer for us all. YOU will not be forgotten. Please continue to watch over all of us as only you can. If you happen to bump into my late fiancé Dennis up there give him a big hug for me and the kids. It's been almost five years but we still miss him terribly.

Wishing you brighter and better days,

Jocelyne :)

"Forever Remembering 26-3"

Jocelyne Brar (Winnipeg, MB Canada)
Surviving Fiancee of Deputy Dennis R. McElderry (EOW: 01/03/03)

November 3, 2007

Thank you for your service and dedication. May you rest in peace, Sir! You will never be forgotten.

Police Officer

October 15, 2007

This is very painful for the entire community and I know that God will see us through this. I pray for the Odessa Police Department and their families. I would also like to think the other law enforcement agencies which came and showed there support, and bless all those who are out there to help and protect the lives of others.

Vincent Bennett
former Odessa Police Explorer

October 13, 2007

It broke my heart to hear of your death. I prayed so hard that you would pull through, but the Lord had other plans. I know that the streets of heaven are being patrolled by you, Scott, and Arlie, along with countless other police officers. Keep watch over us here on earth until we join you.

October 9, 2007

It has been almost 4 weeks since you left your place here on earth and this all still feels like a bad dream. Every night I just wish that when the morning comes, none of this has happened and my husband has his best friend back, and those children have thier dad again. Everyone misses you so very much - especially Gary. I am honored to have known such a wonderful person in you and am so thankful for everything you were to my husband. I hope that my children can say one day that they have a friend as special as you will forever be to him. Now fear kicks in because losing you is a void I can't fill in my husbands heart. He worries about your children, your parents, your brothers. I promise you, Abel, that I will stand by his side forever and help him look after all those you loved so much.
A citizen commented in this forum about your smile - that is what I think of the most when I think of you. Your smile was so reassuring and so sincere. Thankfully, we will continue to see your smile each time we see those two beautiful children of yours.
Thank you, Abel, for all that you meant to our family and to the City of Odessa. You are a true hero who will never be forgotten. We love you Abel!

OPD Wife and Friend

October 8, 2007

Rest in Peace,Brother.To all the officers of the Odessa Police Department,please accept my condolences.

Okla.Dept.of Corrections

October 7, 2007


I am at a loss for words to say. I was on duty that day when we heard you on the radio say "OFFICER DOWN-SHOTS FIRED" Hearing you on the radio will always stay in my mind. I would have never thought in the 13 years of service and being a dispatcher would I have ever heard those words. I know you are in heaven with Scott and Arlie. You will be greatly missed. I could never stop crying at your funeral especially after what Pete said about you. It was an honor and privilege to be your dispatcher and to work with you. I will miss hearing 922 over the radio. You made the ultimate sacrifice and you, Arlie and Scott are heroes and will NEVER be forgotten. It has been hard to get on with our jobs in dispatch, but we have others that we have to take care of. God Bless you Abel and all of us in dispatch love you.

9-1-1 Supervisor Troy Doelling
City of Odessa 9-1-1 Center

October 1, 2007

We will keep you as well as your family and friends in our hearts, memories and prayers. You are a hero. Job well done. Go with God.

Corporal Timothy J. Zuniga
UC Berkeley Police Department

September 28, 2007

Rest in peace brother,God Bless your Family

Deputy t Pena
Brazoria County Sheriff's Office (Tx)

September 26, 2007

The Fallen Ones

In Honor of
Corporal Scott Gardner
Corporal Arlie Jones
Corporal Abel Marquez

On September 8th our hearts were breaking

How could we have known it would be their last day
It was the last thing we expected,
For them to die that way.

On September 12th there were services for two,
While the third Officer’s time was due.

It was 3:10 when he walked towards the light
Giving up a courageous fight.
They made a plan to give others a chance,
He will not be attending the next father daughter dance.

September 18th was hard for his mother,
We sat together to mourn another brother

All three were buried, while we were still grieving
Why must this be the price of believing?

Be proud and smile while holding your heads high,
They are with our heavenly father in the sky.

The fallen Officers, family members and employees of the Odessa Police Department will forever remain in our hearts and prayers.

May God bless you while keeping you safe.

Allyson Frederick
Former OPD

September 24, 2007

I am completely speechless...what a tragedy. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Police Officer
Omaha Police Department

September 24, 2007

I have few words to can anything I say make this any better.......
May god bless you three guys......

May he hold you in his arms and comfort you with all his glory. God had a need for you guys, as much as you will be missed..his need is greater and without question.

God Bless

Deputy Constable LC Downing
Wharton County Texas Pct 2

September 24, 2007

We often wonder why our brothers and sisters are taken from us so early in life. I have come to understand that God has a bigger role for them to play in our lives. They become our Guardian Angels, protecting us until it's our time to join them. My heartfelt condolences to his Family, our extended Family.

Sgt. Frank Armendariz
Miami-Dade Police Department

Sgt. Frank Armendariz
Miami-Dade Police Department

September 24, 2007

Corporal MArquez

You have given the ultimate sacrifice for your community, state and country.You are a true American hero and are what maes this country great and our profession so honorable. May you rest in peace as you continue to serve in heaven.

Douglas W. Bennett
Juvenile Probation Officer Ky Dept of Juvenile Justice

September 23, 2007

Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Odessa Police Department, may peace be with you during this tragic time. To experience the loss of one Officer is horrendous, to experience the loss of three is beyond words. We grieve with you and know that your Heroes will never be forgotten. To Corporal Marquez's family, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The CSPD Wives Association
Colorado Springs Police Department

September 22, 2007

by Jon F. Hooper

I fight not for glory or fame,
For they are momentary.
I fight for those who can't.
I fight for Justice.
I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden.
And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets,
For I serve to protect the innocent.
It matters not where or when,
For evil knows no boundaries.
Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny,
I will not flee.
Justice is my weapon.
Faith is my shield.
Hope is my armor.
Cry not at my passing,
For it was my Honor to fight for you.
Shed not tears of sorrow,
But tears of joy,
For now,
I stand with God.


Rest in Peace my Brother; May God Bless you, your Family, Friends and the Members of the Odessa Police Department.

Ptlm. Mark Marchesi #2528
Parkside Police Dept. (Delaware County, PA)

September 22, 2007

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