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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

I think of you often. Especially when I'm on Interstate 95 and pass the Mile marker where this took place. As we always talked often as I was assigned to the ACE team as you were but I assigned to DEA in charleston. I'm really lost for words. It's been so long. Mark you are not forgotten my friend.
Love you Brother
Frank Dabney

Frank Dabney

July 10, 2018

RIP Trooper Coates.
“Never alone, never forgotten”

Records Tech Jamie Bredstrand
Skagit County Sheriff’s Office

July 1, 2018

Even today you still continue to teach officers how to be safe on the street. RIP Trooper Coates your sacrifice will not be forgotten.

Recruit Officer Alfonzo, Jessiel
Lexington Police, MA (Recruit Officer)

May 19, 2018

They showed us the video in the academy. Your sacrifice has saved countless officers lives. Godspeed my brother.

Deputy Kevin Thompson
Hardin County Sheriff Dept

March 11, 2018

I crossed paths with him on the job many times. Never heard anything bad or negative. We lost a great brother that night.

Charles Lavender L/Corp Retired
SC Department of Public Safety

February 11, 2018

Rest easy brother, you fought a good fight.

Alfredo Hernandez
El Centro Police Department

February 11, 2018

RIP sir

SPC Darien Brown
U.S. Army

January 1, 2018

Another year. Rest easy brother! Prayers to your department and your family.

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

November 20, 2017

I’ve watched the video of this tragic incident many times. It’s never easy to see a brother gunned down. Trooper Coates was an awesome human being and excellent law enforcement officer. I’ve recently read the book by Jim Glennon called Arresting Communication. In the book Glennon explains that much of what we know now about clues from suspects during deadly encounters weren’t widely known at the time of Trooper Coates’s death. We can honor Trooper Coates ultimate sacrifice by remembering him as the awesome person and cop he was, but also by learning how to use the clues Glennon teaches in his book to survive a similar encounter. In his book Lt. Glennon recognizes Trooper Coates and encourages those of us who read the book to visit this page and leave a message. It is with much humility and respect that I do this.

Field Training Officer Chuck Lambert
Georgetown Police Department

November 10, 2017

May Trooper Coates rest in peace. My brother in Arms!


October 25, 2017

I am always so sadden, every time I was the video. I am retired Coast Guard Senior Chief Gunners Mate. I'd served as a Coast Guard Police Department sworn officer at Activities NY CGPD, Staten Is. NY.(Fort Wadsworth, NY). 1999-2001

We were required to watch "Officer Survival Training videos" (In the line of Duty). But when I saw this one about trooper Coates. It stayed with me since then. I was a Rookie Cop, and Cops don't use a 10-42 for Ending tour of duty, because we are suppose to be 10-8 always. 24-7, 365.

May Trooper Coates a Brother In Arms of mine, rest in peace!


October 25, 2017

I was just short of 2 years on the job when you made the ultimate sacrifice. I learned so much from this tragedy & I'm sure you've helped keep hundreds of thousands alive on the street! You didn't do anything wrong it just opened eyes on how things go bad so quick!

"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

October 24, 2017

Mark, your video kept me alive while working the interstate. I was assigned to a Highway Interdiction team as well as when i was on patrol i had interstate in my district. I would go up on the interstate before interdiction got big and i would knock off bad guys on i-75. I saw your video and it was sickening to me to see that happen to you but it also helped me. I thought about you every night when i worked and i had a few close calls. I do believe if i had not had your video for training, i would not have made it through so smooth. Thank you brother and i cant wait to meet you in heaven one day. God bless you and your family brother.

Chattanooga Police Dept.

June 27, 2017

This is the first time I have been able to watch this video. It's been years since you and I departed EMS to go different paths. You were a great Paramedic and I was honored to wok with you. You saved many lives for some one to take yours like this. You worked well with a team and I'm sure others would have loved to have been there beside you to try to save your life. My heart hurts to watch this video. You taught me so much...patience, hard work pays off, and so much more.Thank you for being my friend, my partner on many shifts. You made us all feel safe. I know God has a special job in Heaven just for you..Till we see each other in Heaven, I will join your friends,family and other coworkers and treasure memories we share of you. You left foot prints on our hearts...

Susan Franklin
Former EMS Coworker

April 28, 2017

We never forget Mark, may God bless your family in this season of thanksgiving . See you on the other side.

Judge /retired SC Trooper Danny Lynn
Aiken County, SC

November 20, 2016

I remember watching this video shortly after this happened. I was working in a rural area as a deputy sheriff at the time. This incident really hit home and, because of his sacrifice, imprinted many lessons in me. May he rest in peace.

Detective Doug Teachworth
Lynnwood PD

March 12, 2016

I was traveling on I-95 this weekend when I happened along the sign designating that portion of Interstate as a memorial to Trooper Coates. I immediately recognized the name. As an officer/instructor with the NMSP eleven years ago, I used video from this incident during our patrol operations training. My heart sank realizing that I was in the area of this tragic incident just as it did the first time I learned of this tragic loss.
God Bless Trooper Coates, his family and the South Carolina HIghway Patrol. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

DG Holley
Instructor- FLETC/ NMSP- Retired

October 25, 2015

I along with a fellow Officer Matt Ross had the pleasure of meeting Trooper Coates Mother last week while at the Candle Light Vigil in DC at Police Week. We just happened to be standing at the wall where Trooper Coates name was engraved when his Mother came to look for his name. She showed us his name and we both immediately recognized his name from the video that was shown during the academy. His mother gave us a hug and thanked us for our service. She was a great lady.

Lieutenant Steven Sweeney
Boston Police Department

May 20, 2015

Semper Fi Brother

Kimball Police NE

May 2, 2015

I'm in BLET in North Carolina I am currently employed by the Wilson county Police Dept. We watched the video in class and it brought tears to my eyes no man should have to die like that. At least you gave that jerk off some .357 scars to remember you buy RIP Trooper. Coates you will be forever remembered.

Police Officer 1 Bobby Knight
Wilson PD NC

April 13, 2015

RIP brother, thoughts to all officers and the families

Capt George Gardiner
Charleston Fire Dept

November 21, 2014

Semper Fi, My brother in arms

Peri Johnson

December 8, 2013

RIP Brother.......


November 20, 2013

As troopers from the 66th GSP Trooper School celebrate another year of service, your family reflects and remembers that fateful night, 11/20/1992. Prayers of comfort are being said today for your family.

In Christ,

Lt. Clay Kicklighter, #51
Georgia State Patrol

November 20, 2013

Mark gave me and Rudy our first high and tight haircuts when he was a Paramedic with Lexington county. Driving his old F100, Saturday mornings Mark would bring his son to the Irmo fire station, drinking coffee with the crews and carrying his boy on his shoulder, showing him the trucks.

Shawn Raye

November 12, 2013

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