I am saddened to tell you that my friend that I have been asking you to pray for for the past several years has passed on, Mark S. Fuhrken left this earth from the ravages of Pancreatic Cancer at the age of 56, he fought a good fight to the bitter end, fighting this disease for several years.
Thank you for all your Prayers and now we have to keep Mark's Family in our Prayers for comfort and guidence in these sad times.
I met Mark in 1974 and we both quickly became fast friends on and off the job.
The picture above was one of our big "Drug Bust's" Mark, myself and shift supervisor looking over the drugs, money and I am holding one of the weapons we confiscated, Mark and I worked the same shift, had the same days off and worked together a lot either walking a "Beat" or working in a Patrol Car.
Mark worked as a Police Diver, and other jobs on the Police Department and received numerous "Awards" from Life Saving, Canine Participation, fire rescue of people to name a few.
Mark during one of his better days when not fighting the disease, After retiring from the Police Department Mark worked for several Television Stations as a Cameraman and Technician.
This is Mark and his "Sunshine", his wife Marie took fantastic and loving care of Mark before, during and even after the toll of this awful disease.
A "Smile" a "Laugh" and a good memory!!!
In between the bouts of cancer Mark's attitude was good and he always managed a smile.
Above is Mark in an earlier visit back to New York, Mark loved to visit during the winter to enjoy the snow.
Making some memories when fishing.
Mark and Marie and their oldest son Lee on the river.
Me and Mark trying to solve the worlds problems and talking about the future. Mark knew that things were not good but this never stopped his smile or caring attitude for his wife an family and friends.