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Hero Down: U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eric Marshall Succumbs To Cancer

Washington, DC – U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer Eric Sherard Marshall died on Jan. 2 after a battle against cancer.

USCP Labor Committee Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Chairman Gus Papathanasiou tweeted on Sunday that the department has been mourning the 36-year-old officer’s tragic death.

Officer Marshall’s life and service “will not be forgotten,” Papathanasiou wrote.

Officer Marshall proudly served active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard from 2004 until 2016, according to his obituary.

“His exceptional leadership and superior ability led to his selection to the Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in New London, Connecticut,” the tribute read. “After many weeks of rigorous study and grueling exercises, Eric was commissioned a Coast Guard Officer.”

He earned multiple awards during his distinguished military career, to include the Coast Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon with a Gold Star and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

He was promoted to the rank of lieutenant prior to wrapping up his active duty, and he continued to serve in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.

Officer Marshall joined the USCP in 2016.

“As a 4-year veteran of the department, he was recognized by his colleagues for his kindness and integrity,” his obituary read. “Eric was known for his infectious smile, easy-going personality, and generous spirit.”

Officer Marshall leaves behind his wife, Raven, as well as his five-year-old daughter, Aubrey, and his eight-year-old son, Ayden.

He is also survived by his parents, grandparents, in-laws, siblings, nieces, nephew, and a host of friends and extended family members, according to his obituary.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eric Sherard Marshall, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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