On September 20th the Boise Police Department will host a Remembrance Ceremony to honor the 20th Anniversary of Officer Mark Stall’s death. Officer Stall is the only officer who has been killed in the line of duty in the history of the Boise Police Department. His family, fellow BPD officers and the public are invited to honor Officer Stall for his service and sacrifice.
WHERE: W. Idaho Street and N. 15th Street
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. on September 20, 2017
WHO: Speakers will include Boise Police Captain Ron Winegar, Ray Stall, Boise Police Chief William Bones, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter
About Officer Mark Stall: Mark Arlin Stall was a dedicated police officer and a devoted family man. Officer Stall was well liked and respected by his colleagues on the Boise Police Department. He was known as an officer who loved his job and was committed to the community he served. His wife, daughters and family say they are blessed to this day because of the honorable man that he was. He will always be missed because of his many admirable qualities. His is a worthy legacy.
Officer Stall's family says Mark was industrious, adventurous, a man of integrity and guided by honesty. He was fun-loving but he took the appropriate things seriously. He truly wanted to make a positive difference in his community, believing he could lead by example; by the way he lived his personal life and how he conducted himself as a Boise Police officer.
Officer Stall served with the Boise Police Department for three years. He joined BPD after previously serving five years as a sheriff's deputy with Los Angeles County, CA. Mark and his wife moved to Boise to reunite with her family here. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.
A Fateful Day: In the early morning hours of Saturday, September 20, 1997, Officer Stall was shot and killed during a traffic stop that turned violent. Boise Police officers had stopped a car for a routine traffic violation and the two occupants refused to comply with the officer's orders. The traffic stop turned high risk due to the occupants’ suspicious and belligerent behavior. Officer Stall responded as a backup officer. The two occupants exited their vehicle and ultimately opened fire on officers, striking Officer Stall on the right side of his body, just above his vest. Other officers returned fire. Both suspects were killed. A second Boise Police officer was seriously injured.
Remembering Officer Stall Today: Boise Police officers are often reminded of the lasting legacy of service and integrity left by Officer Mark Stall. Each day, as they enter and exit the Department’s Police Headquarters, Patrol Officers walk by Officer Stall's locker, which has been memorialized and mounted at the entrance to the Department’s locker rooms. Several years ago, BPD officers created a Challenge Coin bearing Mark's image that has become a prized possession of those who obtained one. Each year during Police Week in May, Officer Stall, along with other fallen Idaho Peace officers, is remembered at a special ceremony that takes place at the Idaho Peace Officers Memorial. In May, 2011, the Boise City Council voted to honor Officer Stall by naming a West Boise street in his honor. Mark Stall Place runs south from W. Emerald St. to Boise City Hall West, the administrative offices for the Boise Police and Fire Departments.
Members of the Boise Police Department thank Officer Stall for his service, and his family for their sacrifice. They are owed a debt this department and community can never repay. The men and women of the Boise Police Department hope Mark's family finds peace in knowing his memory, his love of life, his professionalism, his devotion and his commitment to service remain very much alive within the department.