“He was an angel in disguise” - family, colleagues remember fallen Mangham officer during National Police Week

Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 11:00 AM EDT
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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - It is National Police Week in our nation’s capital, a time when officers and their families remember the ones they lost over the past year. Marissa Waters is remembering her father who she lost in the line of duty serving the Mangham, LA Police Department.

“Tremendously, you know, hurt,” said Waters.

Waters remembers the moment in October she found out her father, Officer Marshall Waters was fatally shot responding to the aftermath of an armed robbery. Marissa says the community lost a force for good that day.

“It’s just amazing to see how many people loved him, noticed him...everybody was grateful for him and for what he did,” said Waters.

Marissa and the nation are paying tribute to her father during National Police Week. Officer Waters left behind a big family, including multiple children and grandchildren. Marissa says good officers, like her father, should never be overlooked.

“The angel in disguise. Whenever you need help but you wasn’t expecting it, it was him,” said Waters.

Usually National Police Week is a massive weeklong event with thousands of officers and families from around the country in DC. But it is virtual this year because of the lingering presence of COVID-19.

“They are heroes, the ones who got killed, and I think they need to be honored,” said Chief Perry Fleming of the Mangham PD.

Fleming says despite the virtual festivities this year, he and his department are still remembering Officer Waters. Fleming says he was like a brother, and that everyone in the small department, and small community, is feeling the impact of the loss.

“We wish we could’ve done more or we could’ve done something to stop that, keep it from happening. But it’s just a real tragedy,” said Fleming.

There are plans to hold in-person remembrances for fallen officers in October.

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