Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel

United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service, U.S. Government

End of Watch Wednesday, January 16, 2019

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Reflections for Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel

Rest in peace , my brother. Thank you for your service. It was my honor to serve as contract security at the US Courthouse ,

Lieutenant Raymond Flores
NYPD (retired)

January 16, 2021

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

To the Merkel family, fellow deputies, and all who call Norman 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. I know that that you will receive that same kind of support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Norman gave to his community and the citizens of our country and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on January 16, 2019.

Phyllis LoyaMom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

February 18, 2020

Blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall by called the children of God. ...
Be strong and courageous. ...
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. ...
No weapon formed against you shall prosper and every tongue which rises against you in judgement you shall condemn.

May you now be with the Lord and at peace after your endearing sacrifice and love, for God, family, and country. I thank you for your service brother.

P.O. David L Smith
Rochester Police Department, Rochester New York

October 23, 2019

Thank you for serving our country and communities. You lived a hero, and are resting now a hero

Sgt. S. A. Mohamad
Texas Police Officer. 18 years

October 4, 2019

Praying for comfort, hope, and peace for all family and friends. So sorry for your loss.

Wife of Lt. Kevin Clyde Mainhart EOW 5/11/2019

May 20, 2019

RIP Brother

Deputy Tim Duvall
Boyd County KY Sheriffs Department

April 7, 2019

SDUSM Merkel,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country-not just as a LEO but when you served with the U.S. Army as well. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

April 1, 2019

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
author unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

March 3, 2019

On behalf of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, we send our deepest sympathies and condolences. R.I.P. Deputy US Marshal Merkel, may God bless you and keep you. May God comfort your family, friends and all our brothers and sisters with the United States Marshals Service. May God wrap you in his loving arms my brother and grant your family and friends strength, comfort and peace during this difficult time. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers my brother. Please know that you and your service will never be forgotten. Fidelis Ad Mortem my brother as we remain Standing Tall For Those who Have Fallen. We have the watch from here.

Corporal James Barth
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Honor Guard, Tampa, Fla.

February 7, 2019

I am extremely sorry for the loss of Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman D. Merkel. Please extend my heartfelt prayers and condolences to his family, friends, and co workers of the US Marshall Service. May Deputy Merkel's strength , courage and bravery be remembered today and everyday.
"Blessed are the peacemakers for the shall be the children of God" Matthew 5:9

Gina M. Place
Records Clerk
Deland Police Dept.
Deland, Fl

February 6, 2019

Rest in peace Deputy Marshal Merkel. My thoughts & prayers are with your family, friends, and the USMS.

Sgt. Scott Seitz
Plainsboro Township NJ Police Department

February 6, 2019

Rest in peace brother. You are a true hero.

Deputy Jamie Davis Pittsylvania County Sheriffs Office Pittsylvania County Virginia

February 5, 2019

Thank you US Marshal Merkel for your service and for paying the ultimate sacrifice for the fine folks in our great nation. You are a true AMERICAN HERO !!! My thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers. May you forever, rest in peace, my brother.


Sergeant Mitchell G. Cheselka (Retired)
Orange County Sheriff, California
Polk County Sheriff, Oregon

February 5, 2019

Pray the family, friends and department feel the love, strength, comfort and grace of our loving God. Knowing that our Lord Jesus knows your hurting and is a friend that is closer than a brother.

Chaplain Jim Brackeen
Richmond Hill Police Department

February 5, 2019

Rest in Peace my Brother in Arms

Spc. Anrae Godley-Cooper
U.S.Army Military Police

February 4, 2019

God Speed, Brother.

Sergeant Kevin Murphy
Union PD, NJ

February 2, 2019

To the family of Supervisory Deputy US Marshal Norman Merkel, friends, Acting Deputy Director Dave Anderson and the United States Department of Justice - United States Marshals Service.
You are lifted up in heart, thoughts and prayers. May God comfort, hold you close and give you His peace that surpasses all understanding to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus now and always. Thank you for your years of service.
(v16)"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him Should not parish, but have everlasting life. (v17) For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through him might be saved." John 3;16 & 17
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God." Matthew 5:9

Patrolman A.S. Batson
Goldsboro, NC

February 2, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

February 2, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

February 1, 2019

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”. Matthew 5:9

Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace, my brother.

Retired Chief of police Jim Spratlen
Durango Police Department

February 1, 2019

Rest In Peace. We have it from here

Senior Federal Officer Anthony McCormick

January 31, 2019

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.”

I know that God sends those angels to watch over our officers, sometimes to protect them and sometimes to whisk our officers into His presence.

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 seven years. I pray that Norman's life and death will bring glory to God.

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

January 30, 2019

You helped make this world a safer place to live.
May God grant you eternal peace.
Prayers to your loved ones and to your department.

Det. Billy Russo (Ret)
Nassau County Police Department, New York.

January 30, 2019

Unfortunately Yet another Officer dying during or shortly after a Physical Fitness Required Exam..! A Bonafide Requirement for Officers to have a Comprehensive Cardiac and Medical Analysis and Testing prior to these Annual Physicals MUST BE CONSIDERED for ALL Law Enforcement Officers who are REQUIRED to Undergo these Tests..!!

May all of our Officers who have died in
Retired American Veteran & Patriot - Combat Veteran

January 30, 2019

RIP, Brother. Everybody sure loved working with you.

Deputy U.S. Marshal Dusty Pearce
U.S. Marshals

January 29, 2019

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