Letter by Police Commissioner Elton Lewis June 2005
Officer James Rozender Marrishow, was born on March 18, 1965 to Cecelia and John Marrishow on the island of St. Kitts, British West Indies. He was the beloved husband of Phyllis Marrishow and father of five. Officer Marrishow graduated in 1985 from the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School. He was a member of the Virgin Islands Army National Guard, in which he served with the 661st Military Police Company and attained the rank of Sergeant.
He was an honored member of the Virgin Islands Police Department since November 16, 1987 graduating from the Police Academy on March 12, 1988. Officer Marrishow served in several key areas of the Department, to include Richard N. Callwood, Mariel C. Newton Command and the Crime Prevention Bureau. His last assigned area was the Bassanio David Command (Zone "B"), Special Operations Bureau. Officer Marrishow received numerous letters of commendations and certificates for outstanding police work performed.
Officer Marrishow was a well-respected member of the Virgin Islands Police Department. Law enforcement seemed a natural outlet for his expressive personality and many talents. He defended justice, showed mercy and courage, and will now walk in peace with God.
Badge #467, Officer James R. Marrishow's official police shield, has been permanently retired from service in his honor. He has earned his rightful place in the permanent annals of the Virgin Islands Police Department, where he will forever remain one of the "Virgin Islands Finest."
"Blessed are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted Blessed are the peacemakers: for they will be called sons of God." Matthew 5:9
Governor Extends Condolences to Family of Police Officer James R. Marrishow Office of Public Relations, Official Release No.0194-2005, June 1, 2005
Governor Charles W. Turnbull today extended heartfelt condolences on behalf of the people and Government of the United States Virgin Islands to the family, friends and loved ones of Virgin Islands Police Officer James R. Marrishow, a 17 year veteran of the VIPD, on his unexpected passing. The chief executive also extended his condolences to Police Commissioner Elton Lewis and Territorial Chief of Police Novelle Francis and the Virgin Islands Police Department on the passing of their colleague.
Officer Marrishow joined the Police Department on November 16, 1987 and graduated in the Police Class of 87-2. He was also a member of the Virgin Islands National Guard.
Officer Marrishow was part of the contingent of V.I. National Guard personnel who were involved in the air turbulence incident while returning from training exercises in Florida that was welcomed back to the territory by Governor Turnbull at the Cyril E. King Airport.
"We mourn the passing of this dedicated public servant who devoted a lifetime of outstanding service to preserving and protecting the lives and property of the people of the Territory. May God grant all who are bereaved by his passing His sustaining grace and comfort during this difficult period," Governor Turnbull concluded.