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Police Officer Bradley W. Matteson | Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

Police Officer

Bradley W. Matteson

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch: Thursday, October 5, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 43

Tour: 19 years

Badge # 157

Cause: Automobile crash

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Police Officer Bradley Matteson died shortly after being involved in a vehicle accident.

He was returning from a service call when his cruiser was struck by a semitrailer which had run a red light at State Street and Coliseum Boulevard. The cruiser was flipped over and the driver's side doors were crushed and had to be pried open in order to free Officer Matteson. He was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries several hours later. The driver of the other vehicle pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

Officer Matteson had served with the Fort Wayne Police Department for 19 years and had planned to retire in 2001. He was survived by his wife and three children.

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Brad, it's been almost 17 yrs. I'm ashamed it's taken this long. I remember you coming to our house (my dads partner) with a stuffed animal for my little brother after surgery. I'll never forget my dads stories about the two of you on the job, especially the jumper on Wells St (I use that line to this day). Brad, I'm sorry I wasn't a better paramedic. I told you I loved you that night in your squad car and asked Jesus to comfort you. I want you to know that Lisa and I held your hand the entire way to the hospital. Thank you for being a great man, a great husband, father and partner. Ft. Wayne was blessed beyond belief.

Tony Falls
August 21, 2017


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