I want to tell you about a very special person by the name of Marcus Charles.
Marcus joined HighCom Security Services nine years ago, and among the plethora of shifts and events and special projects we’ve done together, Marcus also spent years working very closely with me on our Red-Team style supervision check-ups, surveillance detection courses and various undercover operations.
Marcus spent 27 years in the US Army Reserve and 27 years in the New York Police Department. During his service in the NYPD, Marcus worked in SVU, Robbery, Security & Intelligence and Undercover Narcotics. His last position was Chief of Detectives Office.
Marcus retired in 1997 but was called back into service after the September 11th attacks. He initially worked in Ground Zero and later joined a special counter-terror investigations unit.
During his years in HighCom, Marcus was a fantastic operator and detail leader. He was a cunningly inventive Red-Team supervisor—utilizing ingenious disguises and elaborate penetration tactics. He was also practically invisible as a hostile surveillance role-player during the surveillance detection courses we ran together. I would almost always have to extend the field exercises or purposely instruct Marcus to be a bit more obvious by the end of the course—just to give the SD trainees a fighting chance at detecting him. (Marcus actually had a starring role in a number of the stories I feature in my book)
Many of the people who knew him probably didn’t realize that in addition to his long and interesting law enforcement and security career, Marcus was an all-around fascinating person. He was a professional actor, model, long-time consultant on the original Law & Order TV show and a tennis pro whose passion was teaching tennis to children.
Earlier this week, Marcus passed away unexpectedly.
It would be an understatement to say that everyone who knew him is going through a very difficult time right now. So much more than his fascinating career and life story, Marcus was a loving husband, father, grandfather and dear friend. He was without a doubt one of the most kind-hearted, gentle and sweet people I have ever known.
May death be not proud to have taken him. And even if you’ve never had the privilege of knowing Marcus, I hope you now know a bit about him—and miss him.