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Trooper Mark Alan Frederick

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Sunday, April 4, 1976

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Reflections for Trooper Mark Alan Frederick

Mark ,
Was as a friend of mine, I was a Texas Law Enforcement Officer with Bellville and Santa Fe Railroad Police. We covered one another on the streets of Bellville, Texas. The night that he was killed, he had a rookie as his partner. Elated that his rookie retired from the TXDPS. Since 1976, I have often wondered if his wife gave birth to their child. In 2006, I found out that Marks lovely wife did indeed give birth to there child, To his child, Mark was a true gentlemen in every sense of the word. I never forget he took me to and from work one day. Mark believed in God, lived up to the Texas Department of Public Safety motto of COURTSEY SERVICE PROTECTION.

Very Respectfully
Dale Lester

Bellville,Texas Police and Santa Fe Railroad Police Department -in Tx

April 22, 2022

Sleep in heavenly peace

Mark Mottola

April 4, 2020

Thank You for your Service and Sacrifice Trooper Mark Alan Frederick.

I Pray for Peace for your Family, Friends and Co-Workers. I also Pray that the hounds of hell forever gnaw at the rotting flesh of your murderer.


Senior Special Agent B. L. Sherwood
Port Terminal Railroad Police

April 4, 2016

Thinking of you today. Many thanks for your service to our country. No words of mine could ever describe the amount of loss that your family must feel. My prayers be with them and RIP.

John Haseltine - Civilian

April 4, 2016

When I realized it will be forty years this April since your EOW I happened across this website. I agree with my Aunt Gerda about being selfish and wishing for what might have been. I often dream about just having a chance to meet you and talk to you even if for just a minute. All the people I've met that knew you, the letters I've read, the stories I've been told-you made such an impact both personally and professionally and I would love nothing more than to tell you I'm proud to be your daughter.


March 29, 2016

Dear brother,

Forty years have almost passed since your EOW. Though I have a wonderful husband and beautiful family of my own, I still feel your loss like it happened yesterday. I miss you so very much. You were our rock, the straight arrow, the truest and the best of us. You were so good, kind, and strong. I pray the Lord will let me be with you again someday. I know you live with Jesus now, but the selfish part of me sometimes wishes for what might have been.

Sister of Trooper Mark Frederick

October 6, 2015

Thanks for your too short service Mark. I will forever remember our lunch together the day before your EOW my friend. Mark was a good natured man and a pleasure to know. I think of you many times during the year.

Officer Robert Liles
Grand Prairie-retired

February 16, 2015

Heroes live forever, Trooper Frederick, and we will never forget. Thank you for the sacrifice you made for the citizens of the great State of Texas.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 4, 2013

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 36th anniversary year 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 who was murdered in the the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

April 4, 2012

Rest in peace, Trooper Frederick. Your service to the great State of Texas will never be forgotten.

Greater Houston C.O.P.S.

April 4, 2012

This was a fine officer and friend. I was just a little girl but i called him my brother. I still miss him to this day. He made me have a high respect for officers.


June 9, 2010


Pat Van Den Berghe

April 9, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

March 3, 2008

Having worked in Sealy, Austin County, Texas in the past I remember all the good words the local citizens said of you while you worked there. I see your monument weekly and think of your sacrifice to our community. We all thank you for that. And as a fellow DPSer your legacy will not be forgotten. Please watch over the ones left behind. Our prayers are with you and your family.

CLE Sergeant

September 18, 2007


Each day I try to read the ODMP. Today I read your story. Any officer who dies in the line of duty will always be remembered for his sacrifice. You died a hero. Rest in peace Trooper Frederick.

Captain Robert W Cannon, Ret.
Vermilion Co, Il. Sheriff's Dept.

May 22, 2004

My warmest and most sincere regards go out to the family,friends and brother troopers of Mark Frederick.I know you are up there in heaven watching over the men and women of the DPS as they patrol the lonely roads at night.Heaven only knows how much better you would have made this world we live in if only you had not left so soon.As a former Texas Death Row correctional officer I must say that there was not one time I looked at your killer and didnt become enraged.It just wasnt fair to see him living as good as he was considering all the pain missery and destruction he had dealt the world.Thankfully after 24 long and agonizing years justice came his way.I would be willing to bet that he is in a place that is a WHOLE lot hotter then your resting place.Thank you Trooper Frederick for your service to the state of Texas.


February 4, 2004

Rest in Peace are not forgotten


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