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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

your video really moved me. your great bravery will not go forgotten. i honor your bravery. god bless your family and friends.

officer jason alexander
kingston police dept.

April 29, 2004

I just want to let the family to know that i am sorry for what has happend. Even though it has been a few years sice his death, i know that it is still hard to live with. Both of my parents are cops and so is my sister and brother in law. i worry about them everyday when they leave for work. i am going to be a police officer one day. i am 16 so i have a little while, but Coates death that night will be with me everyday untill then, and when i go 10-8 i know ill think if ill be home. im sorry. he is missed.

Explorer Kourtney Davis
Clemson City Police Department

April 12, 2004

I stop by this website often after the death of two dear friends with the NCSHP (Troopers Calvin Taylor E.O.W. October 3, 2001 and Anthony Cogdill E.O.W. May 30, 2003).
Unfortunately, I had to add the name of another friend. Deputy Jeffrey Hewitt, Buncombe County (NC) Sheriff’s Department, E.O.W. April 4, 2004.

We all grieve over the lives lost in the line of duty. I hope you can find some comfort knowing that there are countless prayers that go out for your family.

It is obvious from the reflections, that Trooper Coates did not die in vain.

These are senseless tragedies that never seem to stop. God Bless the men and women who continue to serve their communities in our great Nation.

...Gone, but never Forgotten....

Marti Ingle (EMT-Paramedic)
Haywood Co EMS (NC)

April 10, 2004

Thank you Trooper Coates, you are a true saint in my eyes. I hope God reserved a special beat for you in heaven, you deserved a much better end that what you recieved. We all know the name of the low life that did this to you, and I hope when he dies, he is senteanced to the lowest depths of hell. Thank you.

Cadet Brad J Simmons
Southeastern Public Safety Institute (Police Acadamy) in Florida

April 6, 2004

"Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Trooper Coates was truly a great man, and I truly and deeply respect him. He was calm in the face of danger and never gave up. I am 16 and also hope to become an officer. My thought s and prayers are wit hthe family of Trooper Coates.
rest in peace


April 2, 2004

I watched the vidieo of Trooper Coates being shot and I would like to say that from what I can gather he was a heck of an officer, and I would like to express my sympathy to his family. G.P MARTIN (737)


April 2, 2004

Trooper Coates:

“For those who pledge to uphold it, Freedom requires a sacrifice the protected will never know”

Rest in Peace.....

North Carolina

April 1, 2004

Your last stop that night has changed my life forever. I never thought that 8 min. could change someones life forever, but it can. I am only 16 and I am set to be a officer. I think that I learned a lot from your last stop, never trust anyone. My mom is a cop and i worry everyday that she wount come home, same for my sister, and brother in-law. I respect you so much. Thank you for teaching me a lesson of life.


March 19, 2004

Trooper Coates, the video of your tragic last stop is the only thing in the world that could make the eyes of 35 hardened police recruits water. I think about you and your sacrafice everytime I make a stop or see another officer on a stop. You are loved and respected by everyone of us. Thank you from everyone down here in Alabama and "Semper Fi" from all of us in the Corps. God bless you my brother.

Watch Commander J. Shaw
BSCC Campus Police

March 17, 2004

I heard about you while I was in the Police Academy. I watched the video from your dashboard camera numerous times and learned a lot from what happened to you. I will always remember your story and the bravery you showed in the face of such a cowardice act. Rest in peace brother...
A New York Officer

March 15, 2004

Every time I pass through Interstate 95 I see the sign dedicating the highway. I just think about him and give a prayer - knowing how vulnerable we police officers are. You may be gone - but your spirit lives when I pass through to Florida, and always.

Sgt. Scott McGovney
Barrington Police Dept- Barrington, RI

March 11, 2004

A true hero and a tragic loss. You are in my thoughts everyday. Thank God for your service. You are not forgotten!!

Patrolman Chris Pearce
Blountsville Police Dept

March 10, 2004

To a true warrior and inspiration to all those in the Law Enforcement family. As a fellow Marine, I say "Semper Fi" as your brother in Law Enforcement, I say, "We will never forget you." Rest easy, we have the watch now.

Deputy Justin F. Salisbury
Parke County Sheriff's Department, Rockville Indiana

February 24, 2004

I will never forget the shock and emotion that came over my academy class as we watched that horrific tape. You will never know how many lives you save everyday but realize we take you with us in our hearts and minds everytime we get in our patrol cars. May god bless you and your family Trooper Mark Coates.

Maryland State Police

February 13, 2004

Mark, in death you continue to save the lives of thousands of officers. The video tape of your last stop tugs at the heart strings of all your thousands of brother and sister officers. I think of you often, especially when passing the location of your last vehicle stop on I95 in Jasper County (SC). That section of the interstate is appropriately named after you. God bless you Mark and keep you always. You are a true hero and warrior. With brotherly love and respect, Jim Crotty, former Richmond, (VA) Police Officer and retired ATF Special Agent.

Special Agent Jim Crotty
ATF, Ret.

February 12, 2004

Though it's been a few years since my recruit class, many of us still have the image of your final stop in our minds. Your are memorialized by thousands of officers across this country, and have something to teach all of us about the selfless service of which we are required. Look down on us from heaven as we try to live up to the standard of nobility that you set.

Police Officer
Newark Police Department (NJ)

January 7, 2004

i watched a video with trooper Coates in it and his last moments of life. that video makes me think every time i stop a vehicle. it means alot to me and it should make every officer think about that split second that could take your life.
may the lord be with the family of trooper coates.
you are still a brother in the thin blue line



January 5, 2004

Dear Trooper Coates my prayers go out to you for that fatefull night and commend you on the fight you gave inspiring me and my classmates may your death not go in vain for we have all gained valuable information from such a tragedy.My heart goes to your family and pray mine will never have to go through such sadness.The day I pin on the badge a piece of Mark Hunter Coates will go with me.

New officer
Blet student

December 30, 2003

I went through the Academy in 2003, and as a part of our ongoing emphasis on "Officer Survival", we viewed the Cpl. Coates incident as shown on his cruiser cam. I just wanted to say that Cpl. Coates handled himself in an extraordinary manner throughout the duration of the incident, and did not give up the will to survive. His actions are those of a determined person and will be remembered. Let us reflect on all of our fallen officers each and every time we are on a traffic stop, or simply interviewing. We must try to stay one step ahead of the enemy, it is all we can do.

Officer Michael Hanshaw
Missouri Western Public Safety

December 28, 2003



November 20, 2003

Trooper Coates, there are hundreds of police officers who, after seeing the video, will use their training while conducting stops. Your ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten. You are truly a great police officer and human being. God bless you and your family.

Lieutenant Peter Nahass
Wellesley Police, Wellesley, Ma.

November 12, 2003

I was in basic recruit training when I first saw the video of the incident that took Trooper Coates life. There was not one person in my class that the video did not effect. His death was a tragedy, but he is saving lives 13 years after his death. Rest in peace Trooper Coates. You will never be forgotten.

Officer John A. Foster
Panama City Beach Police Department

November 2, 2003

I have seen the video many times and every time i shed a tear. I am so sorry for for your family but thank you for helping me become a better cop. watch over all of us who walk the line. until we meet brother god bless.

D/S Morgan
Paulding County SO

August 30, 2003

In 1992, I was beginning my law enforcement career as Mark Coates was tragically ending his. Thank you Mark, on behalf of all of us whose lives you've saved in the past 11 years. I carry everyday the lessons learned from that awful night so that it may not happen to me and more importantly I carry his heart and determination in case it does. When Mark died a part of us all died, but most of all a part of him lives on with us. God bless this hero and his family. I-95 will forever be yours.


August 24, 2003

When an officer dies in the line of duty we often times think the officer died in vain. This is not the case. I am a young man studying to become a police officer and I find Trooper Coates an inspiration. This officer stood up and protected our lives where others cowered in fear. I only hope that some day I could be as good a police officer as this man was.

To his family..... thank you for creating such a wonderful human being. Your son, brother, friend, or co-worker is an ispiration to a generation of a million aspiring police officers. God rest his soul.


Cadet Sergeant Ryan Hitchings
Portsmouth Police Cadets

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