Mark started his career in law enforcement in 1998, and has served with Ottumwa, Windsor Heights, and Urbandale Police Departments. Mark first learned about C.O.P.S. in 2016 when Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin and Des Moines Police Sergeant Tony Beminio were ambushed minutes apart. Mark has attended Police Week in 2017 and 2018, as well as C.O.P.S. co-workers and couples retreats in 2018 and 2019. Iowa C.O.P.S. also assisted in sending Mark to the West Coast Post Trauma Retreat in the spring of 2019. Mark returned in the fall as a peer and is working with staff to start a new W.C.P.R. chapter in Omaha. Mark believes sharing his experiences can benefit officers in distress that may be hesitant to seek assistance.