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Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

South Carolina Highway Patrol, South Carolina

End of Watch Friday, November 20, 1992

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Reflections for Trooper Mark Hunter Coates

Rest in Peace.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider
Jackson Township Police (NJ)

January 21, 2009

†rooper Coates,
The 16th anniversary of your EOW is today. I watched your video in 2006
and I believe this is my 4th reflection. How wise of your parents to allow
your video to be shown. We DO remember how you died, so violently and
senselessly. Most of us never knew you while you were alive, but I bet
none of us will ever say we don't remember you now. Alot of grateful people
are thankful for this reminder of the job you did so honorably. Thank you
for your service, not just to your area in S. Carolina, but to every state you
have impacted because of your unforgiving sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


November 20, 2008

On this anniversary of your passing, we pause to remember. Rest in peace Mark job well done. Know that your bothers and sisters here have not forgotten you.

Master Deputy
Chesterfield Sheriff's Office

November 20, 2008

RIP.You will never be forgotten.


November 7, 2008

I watched Trooper Coates video in Rookie School with Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in 1996. I remember how I felt as I watched his story. I was changed on that day in 1996 in Concord, N.C. Since then I have advanced and grown tremendously as an Officer and a person. I would like to say that Trooper Mark Coates had a part in making me the Officer and man I am today. I am now a field training officer and an instructor in law enforecement and want it to be known that Trooper Coates will always make an impact on every officer I come in contact with.

Rest Peacefully Brother Coates,
We will carry on for you!

Master Officer W.V.Turnipseed
Concord Police Department
Concord, North Carolina

Master Officer W.V. Turnipseed
Concord Police Department

November 4, 2008

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Patrolman Brad L. Reider #185
Jackson Twp Police Dept (NJ)

September 25, 2008

Trooper Coates, I was thinking of you and your sacrifice this evening. Your training video, above all others, has had the most effect on me. I don't know what to say other than I hope youre resting soundly. Youre memory lives each time that tape is shown.


September 19, 2008

I watched your video in the citizen's police academy here in WA state on Jan. 18,
2006. I have never gotten you off my mind. It still bothers me how senselessly
you were taken for $300 worth of weed. You deserved so much better and our
tears will never repay you for making the greatest sacrifice. May the Lord Jesus continue to be with all those remaining to comfort and heal them. Your
video, as hard as it is to watch, will keep your memory alive forever. God bless.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


August 30, 2008

I never got the honor of meeting Trooper Coates, but after watching the video several times, once being as a cadet at the police academy, I felt as if I lost a blood brother. I think about Trooper Coates and his sacrifice daily. Once on vacation, My girlfriend and I were going back home from a vacation that went through Savannah, Georgia. We had just came into South Carolina, and out of the blue, I began to think about Trooper Coates. A short time afterword, I saw a sign that said "Trooper Mark H Coates memorial highway". Once again, I felt as if I was coming to the scene of where I lost a blood brother. I know it has been a long time since Trooper Coates passed, but I wish his family the best and would like them to know that he did not pass on in vain. Trooper Coates' courage and professionalism as seen on the video is the standard to which we should all be held to. I hope that I can be half of the officer that Trooper coates was. Rest in peace, brother.

Deputy Sheriff

August 29, 2008

What else can you say about a man who gave his life to serve the people he was sworn to protect? NO WORDS CAN DESCRIBE! Unfortunately we have to lose a valiant officer to gain angels in heaven. Your bravery was caught on camera and has saved the lives of your brothers who now serve.....THANK YOU Cpl. Mark Hunter Coates.

Deputy Darren Gros
St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office (N.O. area)

August 18, 2008

Watching that video during my training has taught me some very valuable lessons. Thank you for your courage and sacrifice. May your soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.

Pvt W. Warren
Chatham County Sheriff's Dept

July 26, 2008

Trooper Coats,
As has been mentioned many times on your reflection page the video that was left behind has made a huge impact on many individuals across the country. The images I saw while attending the Academy have forever been burned on my mind. I visit the your page daily to remind myself to not be complacent for you never know the time or place where struggle for your life may occur. Thank you for your service even through your passing.

Travis Pidcock, Patrol Officer
Shiremanstown PD

June 20, 2008

I know I never met you, but I have heard nothing but great things about you as a man and as a Trooper. I received the Mark Coates Drug Award last year for the most drug arrest, and it is a very high honor to me. I think about you every time I look at that award and I thank you for paying the ultimate sacrifice to saving lives out here on SC roadways. You are a true reflection of what makes the Highway Patrol one of the best law enforcement agencies and every trooper should strive to be half the trooper you were. God Bless you my friend.

TFC S.M. Groubert
SC Highway Patrol

June 18, 2008

Trp. Coates,
It's been several years now since the first time I watched the chilling video of you on I95. That last 11 seconds of your life has saved hundreds of other officers. Thank you for your sacrifice. Your loss will never be forgotten.
Continue to look down from above and watch over us as we continue to serve.
10-42 eternally.

Sergeant Joshua MacDonald
Kwajalein Police Department (Marshall Islands)

June 3, 2008

I was shown this site and the video at the Butler Tech Police Academy in Ohio. I was very moved by this. It really made me think about everything that are instructor had been saying to us, it put it all in my heart. While I was watching this video, I had a picture of a person that love in front of you. It really hit home.

Thank you Trooper Coates for your service.

police cadet Justin T. Moore
owensville police department

May 17, 2008

Trooper Coates,

I am currently a Cadet, just getting ready to finish my Academy and begin my career as a LEO. We were shown your video in our Stops and Approches class by Sgt. Hughes. How courageous and selfless you were as your watch came to a tragic end that night. I will always think you when I am out on patrol pulling over that seemingly low risk stop. Thank you for teaching all of us. I will proudly take your watch from here and please continue to watch over all of us Brother.

Butler Tech Police Academy

May 3, 2008

I saw the video of the last stop of Trooper Coates as part of a civilian class. It was such a tragic and powerful testament; I could barely sleep that night. More than anything, the video made me begin to understand what kind of risks that law enforcement officers must take every day. Trooper Coates was a good officer who was doing his job right. May his life never be forgotten.

Melinda Frye
Student of the TPD Citizens' Police Academy

March 19, 2008

An instructor named Lou Tessman reminded me about the video during a interrogations class. I watched the video for about the 5th time now and still at the end I get tearful and can't help to cry. I told my wife who is in training to become a deputy at PTI at University of Illinois for the Marion Co Sheriffs Office about the Trooper Coates stop. I pray she watches the video to see what could happen at anytime. Saint Micheal watch over us.

Ptl. Matt Castleman
Centralia Police Dept. Illinois

March 18, 2008

I am in my last year of schooling and have tacticle training this summer. I can only aspire to be as brave as Officer Mark Coates and hope to make a good addition to some police force, I just saw you Video a week ago and I have a feeling that your story will save countless lives and live on in everyones memory. Thank you Mark Coates. Rest in peace.

Brandon Nienaber
Aspiring future officer

March 9, 2008

Trooper Coates,
I am also one of the many LEO's who have watched the tragic video of that car stop. Your actions that night were heroic and when I saw the video, even though I knew the outcome, I was hoping and praying that your backup Trooper would get there faster. At least some citizens stopped. My wife often asked me when we first started to date , Why do you slow down when you see a cop on the side of the road with a car stop? You, because of you. I have performed hundreds of car stops in my short career and every one of them was with you and all our fellow LEO's in mind. You have saved countless lives and I just want to thank you. Rest in Peace Trooper Coates

Sergeant Chris DiToro

February 28, 2008

Trooper Coates, You are truly an American Hero. I am honored to be in the same profession as you, a State Trooper. I am also on the State Patrol's Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team. Each time we work a detail, I dedicate it to your memory. Your video has changed the way I work. I never pass a fellow officer by without stopping to check on the situation. Thank You for your dedication and your ultimate sacrifice. May God Bless You and Your Family.

TFC J.E. Hutcheson #756
Georgia State Patrol

February 21, 2008

I remember watching your video in the academy. Our normally boisterous class watched in complete silence. I was so sobered I don't remember personally talking again for about 24 hours. Your death has saved more officers lives than can be counted. No stop is routine.

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9).


February 20, 2008

Rest in Peace Trooper. I too grew up with your video displaying valor and heroism. Teaching us all of the dangers we face each time we are called to duty. " People Sleep peacefully in their beds at night, Only becasue rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf"

Thank You Trooper.

Patrolman Jason G. Goff
Fryeburg Me. Police Dept.

February 4, 2008

Trooper Coates

You shall always be honored and never forgotten.

Jim Parsons
Columbus Police and Fire Pipes and Drums

Ofc. Jim Parsons #717
Columbus, Ohio Division of Police

February 3, 2008

To the Coates family,

I recently retired after 20 years with the New York State Police as a Trooper / Investigator. I just started a second career with the Lynchburg Police Dept., and am currently in their Academy. I thought you would like to know that they showed the whole academy class the tragic video during the "Use Of Force" class. I know that even in the class, it was a somber moment, with some very tearful eyes. I am sure that the video will make them better officers in their careers. Don't ever forget that your Dad is a HERO. I just notice that we started our law enforcement careers the same year, and although I never met him, he is dearly missed.

Police Recruit Robbin Miller
Lynchburg PD (Virginia)

January 31, 2008

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