(Photo Courtesy/St. Marys PD)

On Saturday, the Saint Mary’s Police Department announced the heartbreaking news that one of their officers had died unexpectedly while on duty, KCTV 5 reported.

In a statement, Chief Police Derek Cid announced that Officer Mark Lamberson died unexpectedly while on duty.

“Officer Mark Lamberson with the Saint Marys Police Department unexpectedly passed away while on duty on July 2, 2022,” Officer Cid said in a statement. “Officer Lamberson, a long-time valued member of the Saint Marys Police Department, began his service to our community in 2013.”

Officer Lamberson previously worked as a jail deputy for the Pottawatomie County Sheriff’s Office.

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“The loss of Officer Lamberson is tragic for all who knew, worked, and loved him. Saint Mary’s Police Department is requesting the community to allow the family and members of the Department time to mourn his loss privately,” according to the statement posted on Facebook.

Officials stated that no foul play was suspected and would continue their investigation.

“The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Officer Lambersons’ passing and will release any information they determine is necessary and relevant to public interest, however no foul play is suspected,” the post stated.

“Officer Lamberson is survived by his wife, children, and parents. In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made for the family to Community First Bank, 215 S Seth Child Road, Manhattan, Kansas: C/O: FOP Lodge 17 / SMPD. Funeral services are pending at this time,” the post concluded.

Tributes have been paid to Officer Mark Lamberson.

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