Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

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

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.

ES

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 Judges..as 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
Anonymous

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.

Joe
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
Friend

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

Citizen

January 4, 2016

Twenty One years. Your memorial sits on the side of the road and every time I pass it, I turn off my radio and look over. We all know the circumstances of that event. You are a hero and forever will be.

I cannot recall the name of the man who ran up from his comfortable spot in a nice home to try and help (I wish I could and I know I could look it up, but...) but he's a hero as well. God Bless him for doing more than anyone else at that time and for looking out for you, Brother.

God Bless you all.

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

September 2, 2015

I can't believe it has been 21 years. I still think about you everyday.

Love and miss you.

SC
brother

September 2, 2015

Today the Massachusetts State Police takes a moment to honor and remember Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier on this his 21st anniversary. May he continue to rest in peace knowing that his memory and sacrifice have not been forgotten.

Tpr. Thomas E. Dolan
Massachusetts State Police

September 2, 2015

Stopped in the Norwell Barracks today and requested to see and touch Charbo's memorial. On that early morning of September 2, 1994, I was just a kid working for a fire protection firm. I was on a service call in Kingston at the former Mid Cape Home Center on 3A. As I left and got onto Route #3 I saw a cruiser...I saw a van...didn't think much of it. Next morning, news of Charbo's death. For twenty years I've lived with the guilt of not stopping, not helping, not knowing. I'm so sorry.

A Thankful Citizen

March 11, 2015

I remember that early morning like it was yesterday. Back then we had only low band (7 channel) radios and only about 1 in 10 road troopers had a repeater (portable), Mark had one, and was able to call the Code 30.
I was on a 12 man paving detail on Rte 128 in A troop when one of the A-55 troopers on detail, who had a fancy channel scanning low band radio, told a few of us that D troop just had a trooper shot on Rte 3. It was after 0300 hrs and we were beginning to wrap up the detail site and three of us got the ok to respond, as it was believed that there was a shooter at large. Many others around the state did same.
That 50 mile drive southbound took forever, even at triple digits and when we got to the scene there were more bluebirds there than I had ever seen at one incident, as dozens left what they were doing and responded, as did day shift personnel who came in early on their own. Around sunrise Col Henderson was on scene and advised the "volunteers" that we should secure as the only suspect was in custody and Tpr Charbonnier was expected to survive. When I got home an hour later the news had just been released that Charbo didn't make it. Through the funeral and 10 years of participating in the Charbo Run I met many people with similar stories, and heard many great things about this D1 Trooper that I had never met, but wish I had. Rest in Peace Trooper.

Retired Road Trooper
Massachusetts State Police

September 4, 2014

I can not believe it's been 20 yrs ago. Seems like it was yesterday. My daughter lives in Kingston and I take this exit where your Monument is all the time when I visit her. I too always salute and say rest in peace Officer Mark. You will always be remembered. RIP

Linda Weber
A Pround Citizen

September 4, 2014

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