Police chief: Hunter’s legacy will live on

  • Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2013 8:23 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, April 18, 2013 1:49 p.m.
Sgt. Mark Hunter
Sgt. Mark Hunter

SALISBURY — Salisbury Police Sergeant Mark Hunter passed away Thursday at Rowan Regional Medical Center of an apparent heart attack.

Hunter spent more than 20 years on the force and worked as a patrol officer, drug investigator and most recently as a sergeant. He was 51.

Police Chief Rory Collins said Hunter’s sudden passing stunned the department, but Hunter’s legacy will be in his love for law enforcement and the community.

“He was somebody who always worked exceptionally hard and did everything he could to represent the police department and the profession that we’re in as best he could and he always gave it his best,” Collins said Thursday morning.

Hunter, a U.S. Army veteran, leaves behind a wife, five children and five grandchildren.

Capt. Melonie Thompson was partnered with Hunter when she first joined the force.

“My whole career has been with him. We rode together. We were on the SAFE team together when it first started,” Thompson said. “I think the biggest thing about him was his love for the community and his love for children. Little kids would run up to him and want to hug him. He just really loved children in the neighborhoods.”

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