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Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier

Massachusetts State Police, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, September 2, 1994

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Reflections for Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier

Trooper Charbonnier, it has been 29 years since you were taken from us. New England law enforcement has continued to thrive, learn and become safer due to the traditions and sacrifices you, your family, and many others have made for us. Thank you for your law enforcement service.

Chief (Ret) Steven Marshall
Georges Mills, NH

September 4, 2023

I met MARK early one morning at 3 am. He did not say much however his last effort was to draw his weapon up and point it at David Clark, sitting a few feet away with his gun in his hand as well,
This is what I told the court which drew the frantic defence attorneys ire as the judge told the jury to disregard my comments as I thought. " NO THEY WONT".
As I tried in vane to save the life of the hero who was trying to save mine from his killer all the time ,alone with just us three my ambulance being driven up to exit 10 to return to be headed south to Jordan Hospital ,and what seemed like hours because i asked my partner to drop me off just because something didn't feel right. Neither of us had a clue what awaited me.
All I know is Mark who I had just met was willing to do all he could to protect me.
To this day I think ,more than Sept 2, the same God that wrapped his arms around Mark, stood between us and the EVIL a few feet away, I believe so that I can tell everyone about WHO Mark really was.

Bern Sampson FF/EMT

September 7, 2022

First one on scene

First one on scene And apprehend Dave Cl
BOSTON special police officer

October 15, 2021


How many times over the past 25+ years have I thought about you and what you meant to so many people. Miss you bud.

Lieutenant John Rota
Massachusetts State Police

May 5, 2021

Jesus Christ, during His earthly ministry, proclaimed, “The greatest love you can show is to give your life for your friends.” [John 15:13 GW]

Chaplain Steven R. Closs, D.Div, MSBS, NCCA
Ordained/Licensed Independent Christian Clergy
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry
Merrimack, NH 03054

Captain Steven R. Closs (Ret.)
Nashua NH Police Department

March 5, 2021

May He Rest In Peace

Lieutenant Gregory W. Chupa
NYPD (Retired)

November 25, 2020

Mark Charbonier helped protect me throughout my career. His murder will forever be in my mind. Because of his senseless killing, I remained completely focused on survival. His murder was in my thoughts and prayers everyday I went out the door to patrol the commonwealth as a Massachusetts State Trooper. His passing inspired me to become an officer survival instructor. The training I received in survival school helped me immensely. I had several close calls that could have ended up fatal for me but because Marks tragic death inspired me to take survival classes he actually saved my life. He is a hero. Troopers and law enforcement officers are always reacting to a reaction. No matter how much training you have, you are always a second behind. May he rest in peace forever. Thank you Mark for helping me and for your dedicated service to this great country. RIP. Never forget cruiser 953 September 2, 1994

Trooper John Analetto
Massachusetts State Police

September 9, 2020

Today, September 2, 2020 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier on this his 26th anniversary.
May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan (retired)
MA State Police

September 2, 2020

I lived next to Rt. 3 and up early to study - attended New England School of Law and that was my first year. I heard the many sirens going down Rt. 3 and wondered what had happened. Later was reported that Trooper Charbonnier was murdered on the side of the highway. Every time I hear the song "Knock, Knock, Knocking on Heaven's Door", I think of Trooper Charbonnier lying there by himself....dying. So very tragic.

One of my classrooms at NESL (now called New England Law) had placed a plaque with his picture and in his honor. He was a night student at NESL. Thank you so much for all those in law enforcement who place their lives at risk to save and protect. Drive down to the Cape about every other weekend and see the cross dedicated to him.

Melanie Smith, Civillian
No relation other than appreciative citizen

July 8, 2020

I remember that day clearly. That's the day I received my badge. To put a mourning band on was heartbreaking. Trooper Charbonnier's service at St. Peter's Church is a moment that will be etched in my heart forever.
Love and prayers to his family.

Special Investigator Paul D. Griffin

June 20, 2020

Every trip to my house on the Cape, I pass the memorial, and a cloud of grief descends. Every time, in dreaded anticipation, as though for the first time, decades after he died doing his job to protect us.

Sorrow, anger all mixed, while I pass quickly by. Every time.

Trooper Charbonnier - Thank you for your sacrifice for all of us. Your courage. Always and ever grieved. Never forgotten.


E. Storlazzi

March 21, 2020

Trooper Charbonnier,
On today, the 25th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Massachusetts. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

BPA Mike Casey
United States Border Patrol
El Paso Station

September 2, 2019

Rest in peace Trooper Charbonnier.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

May 12, 2019

Ran the 10yrs to Honor Trooper Charbonnier and his family. Overwhelmed by the great turn out to Honor 25yrs and run today.I reflected and was only too proud to show and run the 5miler in total appreciation for our MA STATE TROOPERS who put up with the corrupt MA Court system and well as the MANY CORRUPT POLITICIANS!! Sorry to turn political but if not me now then Who When will ever speak up!! To the trooper who I had a great laugh with and conversation with before the race..I do LOVE YOU ALL AND RESPECT AND APPRECIATE THE LINE YOU HOLD BTW CIVILIZED ORDER AND ANARCHY! FROM A LOVING AND SUPPORTIVE MA CITIZEN!

Theresa Burke

March 24, 2019

I recently drove by your memorial site on route 3. My heart breaks for you and your family. Just thinking of the pain and fright you went through on that terrible night puts a lump in my throat. It’s been a long time, but you are not forgotten. Thank you for your service. Rest In Peace!

Daughter of a Police Captain

March 19, 2019

My classmate, my friend, you are missed each day but never forgotten. 69th Recruit Training Troop.

Lieutenant John J. Rota
Massachusetts State Police

September 3, 2018

Honor Their Memory ~ Remember Their Sacrifice
Today, September 2, 2018 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier on this his 24th anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

September 2, 2018

Rip trooper, your sacrifice will be rembered.

Civilan who wanted to pay respects

July 16, 2018

I met Mark on route 3 in Pembroke, I was speeding, he was a perfect gentleman and that night started a 3 year friendship with a man that loved his family deeply, his dedication to the public was overwhelming, his laugh was contagious, he was just an all around good guy, I will never forget that morning 9/2/94, I had just buried my father a few days before. Who walks into my Dads wake in full uniform, my buddy Charbo, I was so touched by his appearance that Monday night and then devastated Friday morning on learning my new friend was murdered, a day doesn't go by that I don't think of him, Rest in peace Charbo. #953Charbo

John Bulman

July 16, 2018

Today, September 2, 2017 the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier on this his 23rd anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory, sacrifice and family have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

September 2, 2017

Thank you for your service, Rest In Peace and protect from above.

BSUPD, MA Assistant Chief, Matthew T. Ru
Bridgewater State University Police Department

March 23, 2017

The year Mark was killed I was a rookie officer with the NYC Police. I knew his brother Al from night school at Northeastern Univ. Now onto my second law enforcement career and teaching a firearms class, Mark's death will be mentioned. Sad that when someone 'famous' like a musician or actor passes the public will forever remember where they were when the heard the news. When a coward assassinates a Trooper, soon the memory is lost as 'life goes on'. Peace to the Charbonnier family for their selfless service to the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Semper Fi, Mac

Ret. Sgt. Mark P. Ridge
NYCPD Emergency Service Unit

October 19, 2016

All who drive Rt. 3 to The Cape are reminded of your sacrifice as they approach exit 9. Though after all these years, some may have no idea what that monument is, but most do.

RIP Charbo. God Bless.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

September 2, 2016

I'll never forget hearing the news and although it was the middle of the night, I felt terrible I wasn't driving by at the time and was unable to help! It still haunts me thinking of him suffering alone waiting for help. And it ticks me off the perp took a head shot and lived, while a good man died of a shot to the gut! To this day when I pass the memorial, I salute and whisper, "RIP Charbo!"

Patricia Meigs
Concerned and grateful citizen

August 14, 2016

When I moved down to the Lakeville / Middleborough area
I got a job in Hyannis and used to drive back and forth. Late Sunday night Id drive down to get a room in Hyannis to be on time Monday. I drove by a stop at a reasonable speed in a pack of cars and I got stopped a little while later because someone else in the pack was speeding and did not get cited.

The young trooper was very careful and I realized how lonely the Cape roads were. Many of us sympathize with the people who protect us.

A short time later, I was deeply affected when Trooper Charbonnier was murdered.

God Bless Trooper Charbonnier.

Jim Boyadjian


January 4, 2016

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