Community Remembers Fallen Officer Mark Bremer

Community Remembers Fallen Officer Mark Bremer

On October 22, 2008 Bremer was pursing a vehicle at high speed along East South Street.
FREDERICK, Md. - Fallen Frederick City Police Officer Mark Bremer is on the minds of many people Tuesday, the eve of the 5th anniversary of his death.

Bremer, a five-year veteran of the department, a father of three, and a leader in the community, tragically died in the line of duty after he lost control of his car during a chase.

"I know his legacy here is still very strong. His fellow officers keep his memory alive, as you can tell by the portrait when you walk in the front door," said Chief Thomas Ledwell, with the Frederick City Police Department.

The portrait is just one way Bremer's friends remember a man they say loved to laugh and always had a smile on his face.

On October 22nd, 2008, Bremer was pursing a vehicle at high speed along East South Street.

"Unfortunately, he called out the traffic stop on the 22nd just before midnight and then when he went into Life Flight on the 23rd, he didn't make it," said Ofc 1st Class. Scott Shepardson, with the Frederick City Police Department.

A cross marks the spot where Bremer crashed his police vehicle. It's a visual reminder of a person who's no longer with the police department but whose memory remains very alive for those he worked with.

A plaque paying tribute to Bremer sits also outside police headquarters.

Shepardson, who worked on the same squad with Bremer, has a bumper stick on his police car to remember the co-worker, friend and workout partner he remembers for his dedication and hard work.

"When our dayshift started at 7 a.m., he had already gone to the gym, worked out, changed into his uniform, and was ready to go to work when most of us are looking for the Red Bull or coffee, and he's already started his day two and a half hours early," Shepardson said. 

Ledwell says the department has learned lessons from Bremer's death and made a new policy for pursuits.

"Our supervisors, as well as our officers, are more likely to terminate pursuits when they feel that the offense that's known at the time is not worth the safety of both the officer and the community," Ledwell said. "He touched us in many ways and will not be forgotten."

From his work ethic to his ability to get along with his fellow officers, Officer Mark Bremer will remain in the minds and hearts of all those he touched here at the department.

The Frederick City Police Department will make a presentation to Bremer's family this Friday at the police academy's graduation.
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