Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Patrolman Brett David Markwood

Lancaster Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, February 21, 1993

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Reflections for Patrolman Brett David Markwood

Every year, an award of excellence is given to a member of the local safety forces by the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce in the name of Officer Brett Markwood #74. This has become a very prestigious award and is a lasting memorial to the memory of this fine officer, who fell in the line of duty at the peak of his career. Officer Markwood was an exceptional young man who graduated with honors from Baldwin-Wallace college and who was an accomplished athlete. He will always be missed by family, friends, and everyone here at LPD.

Chief David W. Bailey
Lancaster Police Department

January 23, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

January 3, 2008

On behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, Capital City lodge #9 in Columbus, Ohio we are very sorry for the loss of your life while serving your community and our country! God bless your family!

President Jim Gilbert
Fraternal Order of Police,Capital City Lodge #9, Columbus, Ohio

July 9, 2007

Your life with my cousin, Maureen, was cut short but some day you two will be together again in heaven. Becoming a police officer was your dream and you gave your life protecting the people. We miss you and love you. God Bless you!

Tina Gaynor
Cousin-in-law

December 30, 2006

thank you for your services and dedication.god bless and r.i.p.

deputy
fairfield county s-o lanc,ohio

November 23, 2006

Even though we had never met I have heard alot about you from other former Lancaster Officers who now work for Columbus PD. Your death came on my brithday and I'll always think of you on that day, Feb 21st.. Keep watching over us....

Officer Jim Gilbert
Columbus PD

November 4, 2006

I'm just a citizen who wandered onto this site because we lost and officer in the town in which I work: Chillicothe. The loss of officer Larry Cox is so similar to Lancaster's loss of Officer Markwood. I just wanted to thank Officer Markwood and his fellow Lancaster police officers for their hard work and selfless dedication for the citizens of our city. God bless you all.

Lancaster Citizen

September 30, 2006

FAIRFIELD COUNTY IS PROUD TO OF CALLED YOU ONE OF OUR OWN.
YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AND WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.

CM

July 18, 2006

Brett,

You have not been forgotten.


Lancaster Police Dept

July 7, 2006

Rest in Peace, God Bless You.

May 31, 2006

Once a hero always a hero may you always be remembered as a not only as a hero but as a frined to all that you know and loved in not only your job but all else as well

May 16, 2006

brother brett, can't beleive it's been over 13 years. i miss the coffee breaks, i'll buy the first round. show ethan the ropes up there. 23-47

former deputy bryan culp
fairfield county sheriffs office

March 16, 2006

JUST LOOKING AT THE OFFICER MEMORIAL PAGE AND WANTED TO SAY THAT YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN. ONE DAY SSON YOU WILL HEAR THE TRUMPET AND YOU WILL BE AWAKE AND WITH US AGAIN.


CPD

January 9, 2006

Gone but never forgotten. Thank you for your service.

citizen
Columbus, OH

December 1, 2004

You were a warrior when you lived and now you fight by the side of St. Michael.
Rest in Peace Brother.....Keep watch over us all...you will never be forgotten


CPD

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