Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Hampton Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, May 22, 1975

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Reflections for Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere

Patrolman Decuypere, rest in peace.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 14, 2019

I spend many hours with Mark when we were on watch together at the U.S. Naval Communication Station in Asmara, Ethiopia. Mark worked in signals control section and I worked in the traffic room across the hall. He often talked about trying to make a decision to leave the Navy and start a new career.
He was a fine young man and an excellent sailor. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death in 1975 while I was living in Gloucester County after being discharged from the Navy. Even today, I think of him and the potential he had as both a sailor and a fine policeman. You never forget people like Mark. God bless his soul.


Asheville, NC

Kenneth A. Dierks, CDR, USNR-R
Former military associate

May 14, 2018

I spend many hours with Mark when we were on watch together at the U.S. Naval Communication Station in Asmara, Ethiopia. Mark worked in signals control section and I worked in the traffic room across the hall. He often talked about trying to make a decision to leave the Navy and start a new career.
He was a fine young man and an excellent sailor. I was deeply saddened to learn of his death in 1975 while I was living in Gloucester County after being discharged from the Navy. Even today, I think of him and the potential he had as both a sailor and a fine policeman. You never forget people like Mark. God bless his soul.


Asheville, NC

Kenneth A. Dierks, CDR, USNR-R
Former military associate

May 14, 2018

TO MR BOB HOWARD......
You posted that you knew my brother Mark in Africa.
When he came back from Africa he was a different and better man, and it was from THAT EXPERIENCE that he decided to become a police officer so that he "could help people on the streets, who need help and understanding the most". He taught me many lessons from his time there.

I have been WANTING TO MEET/TALK (exchange pictures) with ANYONE HE SERVED IN AFRICA WITH..... for many many years.... There is no real "family" of Mark's left for me to get any information from. I am the last.

I am his little brother Matthew Decuypere... He was my entire world... and even now at the age of 57, I still feel his love every day.

PLEASE CONTACT ME.... I know emails are private here and I hope they don't filter this......
but I will give you a HUGE HINT.
I have an old @AOL email account, using my full last name..... [email protected]

Please find a way to contact me. Hearing about my brother and his friends from Africa would BE A BLESSING.
When he returned, he missed his friends (and Africa) so much that I remember his looking up at the night ski and crying many nights and saying to me "I miss my life and my friends in Africa".

Bless you.....

Matthew J DeCuypere
Mark's "Little Brother"
Cincinnati OH

Matthew J. DeCuypere
Younger Brother

April 27, 2017

I knew Mark when we were stationed together in Africa. He was a great guy. Was so sad to hear of his being killed.

Bob Howard
Friend

February 23, 2016

You are not forgotten. Rest in peace.

William N. Bowers, Special Agent, VA Dept. of ABC

November 2, 2015

This year makes 40 years since you were killed. Entire life times have passed since then. It is hard to believe. It was difficult growing up and old without you. I still feel and suffer your loss every time I hear of another Patrolman being killed in the line of duty. I miss you with all my heart. You were a good, kind, loving man and it is the worlds loss that you were taken so young. So many people loved you, and so many still miss you.

Your little brother. Matthew DeCuypere

May 31, 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
Texas

May 22, 2015

I do indexing of official records for genealogical purposes and came to the death certificate for this fine young man. Since my son is a retired police officer, I took notice of the particulars of Patrolman De Cuypere's life -- that he was only 22, that he was a veteran of Vietnam, and that he left behind a young wife. When the next two death certificates were also gunshot deaths in the same area, I was so saddened by my imaginings of that scene. So I did an internet search of the day and place, and came to this memorial page. It saddens me that there was such violence on the street that day -- and that the same sort of thing still happens today, almost 40 years later. We are blessed by the bravery and sacrifice of so many fine men and women who face danger every day to protect and serve us.

Rebecca LaBella
Grateful Citizen -- Oct 13, 2014

October 13, 2014

Today, 39 years after his sacrifice, “A” Shift honors Patrolman Mark C. DeCuypere by dedicating our watch to him. God bless you, R.I.P. brother. You will never be forgotten.

Sgt. Jason Slaughter
Radford City Police Department

May 22, 2014

To my big Brother:

Mark.... this birthday I will turn 54. I can't believe that day in the hospital, when I was 15.

I have lived a lifetime without you. I loved so much,, and loosing you almost killed me... I even tried twice...

But I survived, and in time was able to face the pain.
Everything good in life,,, I learned from you and our father.

You would be proud of me today.
I can't wait to see you again one day.

Matthew J. DeCuypere
Little Brother Matthew

October 9, 2013

Although many years later I vividly remember that day. I was working patrol and arrived shortly after the incident. Mark was a great guy, what a loss.

Lt. Wayne D. Chandler
Retired San Diego Officer

February 14, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 37th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

I pray for solace for all those that love and remember you for I know both the pain and pride are forever. Your family is in my heart's embrace, especially your younger brother who left such a moving tribute. . Thanks to your family and friends for sharing their memories and devotion to you through their reflections.

Rest In Peace.

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

May 22, 2012

Every time I hear of an officer being killed (as happened last night here in Clay County Florida), I vividly remember the day Mark DeCuypere was shot and brought in to the ER where I was working as a nurse. To see this officer in full uniform lying on the stretcher with what would prove to be fatal injuries to the head, and to see the other officers and his wife arrive in the ER was just heartbreaking. I was a fairly new nurse at the time and this made such an impact on me... I've just never forgotten it or him. Appreciated the other officers wearing their black arm bands afterwards.

Shirley Galloway
an ex ER nurse

February 17, 2012

Thank you for your service. May God continue to bless and watch over your family, friends and department.

Officer
Chesterfield Police Department, VA.

May 22, 2010

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. You acted with supreme courage in responding to the call on that fateful day. Hero's live forever. You will not be forgotten.

PFC. M. Bartholme
Fairfax City Police Department

July 12, 2009

To my Brother in Heaven, and all of the people who loved you in life.

You were my big brother. When I lost you, I was only 15 and now I am 49. I don’t know where all the years went, or how I lived all of them without you. I know I would have been a better, more successful and happier adult if I had never lost you, but I have tried to live my life with honesty and respect for all other human beings, which was one of the great lessons you taught me.

I still miss you every day, and I wanted to make sure your still living friends knew that you have never been forgotten, and that your little brother still tries to carry your sense of goodness forward and live life as the kind of person you would have wanted me to be.

I look forward to being with you again one day in heaven.

With pain, and love, and deep missing
Matthew J. DeCuypere

Matthew DeCuypere
Little brother

February 13, 2009

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

April 2, 2008

Rest Sir, and Thank you for your service.

May 22, 2006

Patrolman DeCuypere,
On today, the 30th anniversary of your murder, I would like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of of Hampton Roads.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

May 22, 2005

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