Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

To Trooper Coates Family,

I have viewed Mark's video more times than I can could and used it in training hundreds of officers. The example of professionalism that Mark showed was unprecedented and will be forever used as the example on how to conduct yourself and wear your badge with honor. He was a courageous warrior and defended his streets with passion. We all hold Mark and his legacy with high regard and HE WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

Gastonia Police Department, NC

November 11, 2010

The 1st time I seen this was in the Academy. I cannot make a Traffic Stop without seeing Trooper Coates in my mind. Each time I have a Driver step out I Think about Trooper Coates going down. I would like to Thank Trooper Coates for his Service and Sacrifice. And would like to Give My Thoughts and Prayers to the Family Trooper Coates Left behind.

Deputy C. Butler
Loudon County Sheriff Dept. TN

November 3, 2010

Trooper Coates,
I have thought about the incident the night you called 10-42 for quite some time. To this day I still think about it. I wanted to let you know you are part of the reason I went into LE. I still think about you whenever I make a Signal 25 or go into a hot call. I know you and all other LEO are watching over us making sure we are safe. Thank you for serving and leading the way.

Officer Blair

October 2, 2010

Today I was thinking about you. I have remembered you since the first time I saw your video when I was in the academy 7 years ago. Today I felt a need to write something on ODMP. When I reviewed your reflections, I didn't expect that you would have such recent reflections. That just shows what kind of impact you have left on other peoples lives and that you are not forgotten at all! You live on in all of us who wear a badge and walk the walk. You will be remembered always. Rest in Peace.

Sergeant Brian S. Miller
Hualapai Nation Police Department

August 23, 2010

Gone but never forgotten, RIP sir, you are a true hero and we will forever be grateful for your service.

Deputy J.Davidson
Galveston County Sheriff's Office

August 5, 2010

You are a true hero, I did not know you but your actions have left an everlasting memory in my head. May God bless you and may you continue to live in everyone's memory forever.

Officer Rubio
Cook County Sheriffs Dept. IL

July 22, 2010

Devil Dawg: While going through some of my paperwork, I discovered a South Carolina newspaper article published the morning after Your Murder. I did not even realize that You were an original member of the SCHP “ACE.” I will have to add that to my Facebook site.

(Amazing what I a finding now that I have time to finally clean up my messy abode.)

Michael B. Parlor

June 23, 2010

I was just reflecting back on my early years with the sheriff's office and remembered watching for the first time Trooper Coates video. He will always be remembered as one of many FIRST influences to help me hone in that six sense for surviving the street. Now as a detective I continue to use the skills and remember Trooper Coates during NATIONAL POLICE WEEK.

Detective Alex S. Smith
Stafford County Sheriff's Office

May 7, 2010

Trooper Coates, I just yesterday finished training as a STOPS Instructor. I had watched your video before but I saw it again yesterday. I want you to know your death is not in vain. Your video even now... 18 years later has probably helped other brother officers go home safely. Thank you for your service.

Corporal LaMaster
Sellersburg Police Department

April 23, 2010

This week I took officer survival training at GPSTC. I watched your dash cam video. It really opened my eyes to how dangerous this job can be. The video of your final hour has saved and well continue to save many officers lives throughout this country. RIP you will never be forgotten.

S. Carr #3464
Griffin PD, GA

February 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 17th 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 murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

You contiue to lead by example.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

November 20, 2009

A while back I watched Tpr. Coates' last call for service during a training video. Recently, I was travelling on I-95 and was fortunate enough to be reminded of his ultimate sacrifice when I passed his memorial sign. Tpr. Coates, God Bless you and your family and thank you for your continued service to law enforcement. RIP Brother.

Deputy, Badge #383
Allegan County Sheriff's Department (MI)

September 27, 2009

Trooper Coates,
I was a officer for several years when your video was shown as a training tool. It made me realize even more the dangers that existed in this line of work. Even though your death was tragic, I believe your video has save several officers lives. Thank you for your service, and I am sorry your life was cut short.

Retired Lieutenant/Current patrolman
Grand Traverse County/Caro Pd.

September 22, 2009

Just showed your video to our Explorer Scouts , As always your family and the patrol family is in our thought and prayers. God bless yuor family....

Lt Jerald Wheeler
Police Officer

August 21, 2009

Trooper Coates,
Last year while in the Police Academy we watched a lot of videos. Few had as much impact on my thoughts as your final call to service. I did not know you but I am thankful for your service. Not a day has gone by since I saw your video that the name "Trooper Coates" hasn't popped into my mind. I know you were a lot more than a Trooper to a lot of people and ask God to be with them as they continue life without your physical presence.

PTL #845
Monroe PD, Ohio

August 19, 2009

I learned of Mark's story today. It has touched me in a way that words cannot possibly explain. Rest in peace, and know that I, nor anyone, will ever forget you.

Morgan Calohan-- Recruit
Lynchburg Police Dept.

July 31, 2009

Upon seeing Trooper Coates' memorial sign on I95, I wondered if there's any way he could be related to my husband's family. They've been in the Gloucester, Virginia area for many generations and "Coates" is a common name on the Middle Peninsula of Virginia. For the past two years, I've been employed by the Virginia State Police (as a secretary) in the Area 33 office in Gloucester. We are a small office, only 16 sworn officers; but I consider every one of them a Hero on Patrol. God bless Trooper Coates and his family. You are NOT forgotten.

Julie A. Coates
Virginia State Police, Gloucester, VA

July 7, 2009

I did not know Mark, however he is thought of often. I am a former Marine MP. As a watch cmdr I have had hundreds of Marines pass through. I first became aware of Mark through a training video. I have watched the dash board video many times and taught many many classes based on Mark's final actions and what happened that day. I have no doubt that in Mark's death, he has helped countless police officer and will continue to for a very long time. In the 6 1/2 years since my leaving the Corps, I have traveled past that section of roadway many times. Every time I think of Mark Coates. A piece of him lives on in many peoples hearts. All my best, Dave

SSgt David J Nawrocki
USMC Military Police

June 7, 2009

RIP Brother.

Texas Streetcop #614


June 6, 2009

Somewhere in the heavens you now reside looking down over each and every brother and sister in blue. We pray for you my brother. He who makes the ultimate sacrifice is a true HERO. Every time I make a motor vehicle stop, I think of the video shown to me in the Academy. The video struck a cord with me like no other. It is this footage that is now ingrained in my memory bank that gets me through each stop. By your family allowing this to be shared, you save a life everyday. Rest in peace my BROTHER.
Ptl. Dennis W. Scannell #267 LPD

Patrolman Dennis W. Scannell
Lakewood Twp. Police Lakewood,NJ

April 7, 2009

Trooper Mark Coates,

Rest in Peace. You are fondly remembered by family, friends and brother LE officers. God's Peace.

Detention Officer
Maricope County Sheriffs Office

March 24, 2009

Today we watched the unfortunate events that took your life. I will never forget what happened to you and will apply the lessons imparted by the injustice. May god show you his kind grace eternally.

Cadet Charles de Ruyter
Grossmont College Police Acdemy

March 7, 2009

Trooper Coates,

I left a reflection many years ago when I began my journey as a rookie officer. I have never forgotten the sacrifice you made for the people of the State of South Carolina. I think of you often while on patrol and hope that your family know that even in death, you have made a difference for those of us who continue walking the thin blue line. Your warrior spirit lives on in each and every one of us who continue the fight against evil. Rest easy, brother.

Senior Officer J Anthony Sandoval
Kingsville Police Department

March 3, 2009


Words escape me as I try to tell you and your family how much of a HERO you are. I can only say that you are missed and remembered by a whole nation of law enforcement and citizens.


February 6, 2009

To the dearest Trooper Coates. You definetely are a hero to everyone in law enforcement. I did not personally know you, but you did a brave act that will be recongnized for centuries! God bless you and many more like you!

Deputy Delanty Langenfeld
Jasper Co. Sheriff Dept.

January 31, 2009

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