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SMU officer who died in July flooding buried with full military honors

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The following is from the Aug. 29, 2016, edition of The Dallas Morning News.

August 30, 2016

By Julieta Chiquillo
The Dallas Morning News

Friends and relatives of the Southern Methodist University police officer who drowned in Turtle Creek during a July flood buried him Monday at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Mark McCullersOfficer Mark McCullers' body was found last week in the river near Oak Lawn Avenue and East Levee Street. An SMU officer made the discovery.

Tiffany McCullers said Monday that the news about the discovery of her husband's body was a relief and also the hardest thing she's had to hear.

"You want to jump for joy," she said, "and at the same time you want to fall to the floor and weep."

McCullers joined the Marine Corps after he graduated from high school in 1990. He was buried with full military honors, including a 21-gun salute.

Floodwaters swept the officer and his car off a construction site in Highland Park, where McCullers was working an off-duty security job in the predawn hours of July 5. His wife and other loved ones gathered for a memorial service in late July.

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Scenes from the Military Funeral for Mark McCullers

SMU Police Office Mark McCullers Funeral