Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Airport Police Department (LAAPD) Officer III Andrew ‘Andy’ Marksbury died on in his sleep on Monday after a brief illness.
The longtime officer’s exact cause of death was not released.
Officer Marksbury began serving the LAAPD in 2004, the Los Angeles Airport Peace Officers Association (LAAPOA) said in a press release on Wednesday.
He served as a field training officer and was assigned to the Crime Task Force at LAX airport during his nearly two decades of service.
“Marksbury loved investigations and his time as a detective; however, the difficult schedule and his desire to always put his family first forced him to step back to patrol,” the LAAPOA said. “His dedication and loyalty made him a valuable friend and partner. His love for his family, friends and his savior Jesus Christ was unwavering.”
Officer Marksbury was working on a master’s degree in homeland security at the time of his death, and was more than halfway completed with his goal.
“Andy was a great friend and respected member of our law enforcement family and will be greatly missed,” LAAPOA President Marshall McClain said in the press release.
Officer Marksbury leaves behind his wife, Monica, and his children, Molly and Drew.
He is also survived by his parents and his siblings.
“His sudden and untimely passing is a tragic blow to his immediate, extended and police family,” the LAAPOA said.
The Peace Officers Research Association of California has established a fundraising page to help Officer Marksbury’s family in the wake of their loss.
A @PORACalifornia Fund a Hero fundraiser has been established for the family of fallen LAXPD Officer Andrew Marksbury. Marksbury, a 17-year Department veteran, died in his sleep following a short illness on Oct. 4. To make a donation, please visit https://t.co/jEuLNaTH0o.
— LAXPD UNION (LAAPOA) (@AirportPoliceLA) October 7, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Los Angeles Airport Police Department Officer III Andrew ‘Andy’ Marksbury, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.