Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office, Iowa

End of Watch Monday, May 1, 2017

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Mark Jason Burbridge

Mark, happy heavenly birthday. Never ever forgotten my Blue.

Civ Blue Supporter Marianne Wood
Back the Blue/Thin Blue Line/Blue Lives Matter

August 26, 2022

God bless you brother. It doesn’t seem like five years. You are missed by so many and will be forever in our hearts.

Brian Corzine Deputy (Formerly)
Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s Office

May 1, 2022

Mark, May 1st will be 5 years that you have been gone. You are missed but you are not forgotten. Rest easy my brother.

Civ Blue Supporter Marianne Wood
Back the Blue/Thin Blue Line

April 30, 2022

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your law enforcement brethren. Rest in peace always.

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

May 1, 2021

On May 1, 2021, you will have been gone 4 years. I pray that you know that many of us are missing you more and more each passing day. That your families are well and for you to know that you will never be forgotten. Rest easy Mark.

Blue Strong supporter #1 Marianne White-
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

April 30, 2021

On May 1, 2021, you will have been gone 4 years. I pray that you know that many of us are missing you more and more each passing day. That your families are well and for you to know that you will never be forgotten. Rest easy Mark.

Blue Strong supporter #1 Marianne White-
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

April 30, 2021

Happy heavenly birthday, brother. Gone but never forgotten.

Blue Strong supporter #1 Marianne White-
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

August 26, 2020

Sleep in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

May 1, 2020

May 1st you will be gone 3 years. I pray that your families have found peace. Know that you will never be forgotten. Rest easy, brother.

Blue Strong supporter #1 Marianne White-
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

April 30, 2020

Today makes 2 years that you went home and I want you to know that you have been my guardian angel and have given me support at my darkest times. Prayers to your wife, children, and your blue brothers and sisters. Rest easy brother.

Blue Strong supporter #1 Marianne White-
Blue Lives Matter/Thin Blue Line/Back the Blue

May 1, 2019

On behalf of my family, I extend our sincerest condolences on the grievous loss you suffered when Mark was murdered in the line of duty.

To the Burbridge family, fellow deputies, and all who call Mark beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Deputy Burbridge gave to his community and the citizens of Iowa and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on May 1, 2017.

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 11, 2018

I hope everyone will find comfort in Acts 24:15 - "And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous." Until we see our loved ones again on an earthly Paradise, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

August 24, 2018

Never forgotten, Mark..

Civilian Supporter Marianne White-Wood
Blue Lives Matter/The Thin Blue Line

June 1, 2018

Mark you've been gone a year and it feels like you just left. Never forgotten. RIPB

Civilian Supporter Marianne White-Wood
Blue Lives Matter/The Thin Blue Line

May 1, 2018

RIP 78-10, ‘till Valhalla

Sgt. Anonymous
Your Brother in Service

May 1, 2018

RIP Sir and thank you. It’s very sad this coward is still among us.

Deputy Constable Anonymous Anonymous
31 years of service

April 30, 2018

i remember this terrible horrible day. it was so shocking that this happened. for once i wish the cops could have taken the demon back to the jail and teach him a very serious lesson. the demon had nothing to lose since he just received 45 years. this is the time you should always be more on guard but trying to be nice and treat all the same way you let your guard down and this demon took advantage of it. R.I.P mark.

concerned citizen

February 25, 2018

mark was my mentor i would go see him every 3 months at the sheriffs office and there were times that i wanted to give up and throw in the towel but mark would not let me do that many times i would tell mark how much i would fight with friends and how my friends would fight with me mark would tell me it takes a better man to walk away then came the day were we all found out that mark was killed and i was in my car when i found out that it was mark that was killed i throw my phone in my car and i cryed because i lost my mentor that day. mark was more then someone i would go see every 3 months he was my mentor my friend he always treated me with the upmost respect he never treated me wrong and when we lost mark all my friends and family always supported me when i felt down or sad make knew how to make me smile or laugh things we would take mostly was sports how are sports was doing good or bad im going to miss mark so much but i know is looking down and watching over me and i know he would be very proud of me RIP mark

donnie hick
mentee of mark burbridge

January 30, 2018

Here is my reflection: I work for a Sheriff's Office 3 Counties to the north of Pottawattamie County. Last year I was lucky enough to get to know Mark and rest the of the "crew" down there in Pott County during a change of venue murder trial from our county. We have a tactical/quick response/classification team that I am proud to be the Sgt. that is assigned to be in charge of, which was assigned to provide security during our trial, as we do all high profile cases. During our week long trial we made their "work family" larger by 4 officers and they welcomed us with smiles. Of course we were totally heartbroken when we found out that just a few months later this happened and Mark would loose his life. I called Lt. Andy Brown that same night giving him and the entire staff our condolences, told him that if needed anything let me know. A few days go by and I receive a call from Lt. Brown asking me if I remember the conversation we had about if there was anything we could do to help. In this conversation he asked me if we would be willing to house the "animal" that did this to Mark throughout his incarceration. I told him that I sure would check into it and let him know. A short time later I called Lt. Brown back and confirmed that we would do what we could to assist them so they didn't have to deal him.

After making many, many phone calls, making protocol changes, creating new protocols, making sure that the first priority was making sure EVERYONE was safe, a final plan was put together to get the suspect up to our facility, about 100 miles north of Pottawattamie County, and into our facility where he would be housed until the final disposition of this case, without any hiccups. Of course in between the final plans and the actual moving of this person, we attended Mark's funeral. WOW, what a show of support. I was AMAZED at the amount of people that lined the entire route. Every block was completely filled with supporters, including many children out on their playgrounds, wearing blue shirts, holding blue balloons, signs and ribbons. I was very touching.

We had this animal in our facility for 97 days until we transported him down to court so he could plead guilty to all charges and then off to the State Prison receiving facility, on the opposite side of the state, more planning and phone calls, but well worth it to get this animal where he needed to be. Thinking of Mark and the entire department the whole time, keeping my promise that we would be safe and everybody was going home that night.

We keep in contact with Pott County often and have made new friends there, we hope to make it down there for Police Memorial week in May. From the stories we heard at the funeral for Mark we know that he was loved and will be missed dearly. I am glad that we had a small part of putting this guy away for life, but if there is, or has been any case for the death penalty, this would be it.

RIP Mark.

Sgt. Randy Uhl
Woodbury County Sheriff's Office

January 18, 2018

This morning as I read news briefing on my phone, I came across this terrible tragedy that befell Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, and his surviving partner Pat. I followed the links and watched the entire footage produced for the public. Although I did not know the officers personally, it was clear from the footage that they operated with integrity from following protocol while transporting those two inmates, and treating them humanely despite the charges they faced. Where I am from, any criminal suspect who is arrested in possession of a gun is usually executed by the police which is controversial, but sometimes understandable given the high risk involved protecting citizens from such a vile human being.
My heart goes out to these brave men's families especially Mark who lost his life doing what is right despite facing death in the face. What a brave man, and from what I have read a loving father, comrade, son and husband.
Please let me know how I can be of assistance. I shall continue to pray for the entire sheriff's department as you continue your investigation, and wisdom to come up with protocols that cover such unforeseen circumstances.
Thank you so much for your service. As the country struggles with the relationship between law enforcement and communities especially those of color, let us not forget law enforcement officials such as deputy Burbridge, and all those who worked to bring this criminal to justice, giving him a day in court that he did not deserve, and for keeping us safe.

Waithira Macharia- Registered Nurse
Grateful citizen

August 22, 2017

My family and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family, friends, and fellow coworkers of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge during this very difficult time. May they find comfort and support from those around them. May their times spent together bring forth happy memories to last a lifetime. May God help heal their aching hearts. Thank you for your service and dedication to your community. Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Burbridge.

Gail M Pabst
Aunt of fallen Detroit P.O. Jennifer Fettig eow 2/16/2004

August 19, 2017


Deputy Megan Wirt
Pottawattamie County

August 19, 2017

Every morning I go to my knees. During that time I pray Psalm 91 over all LEO’s and this prayer also:

“Lord, Be with all law enforcement officers. Keep them safe and free from harm. They are Your soldiers on the front line of the battle against evil. If one should fall this day - wrap their family in your loving arms. Surround them with Your angels, loving family, friends, neighbors and caring people to comfort them. Ease their pain. Help them to mourn well. In Jesus' name and for Your Glory, Amen.”

Feel His presence as God answers the prayers of many who have fallen to their knees on your behalf. Since the day of my son's death, I have carried every law enforcement officer and their family in my heart.

I have lifted your family to God every morning for over six years. I pray that Mark's life and death will bring glory to His name.

Trust those prayers. God is with you; He knows and will ease your pain.

Our faith helps us to see beyond the grave.

Pamela Hotsinpiller
Mother of
Deputy United States Marshal
Derek W. Hotsinpiller
EOW 2-16-2011

June 3, 2017

To the family of Deputy Sheriff Mark Burbridge, friends, and the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office.
You are lifted up in though and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you peace now and always. Thank you for your service. John 15:13 / Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Cherry / O'Berry Hospital Police, NC

June 1, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Sgt. K Ford.
NYPD (Ret)

May 20, 2017

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