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Police Officer Matthew John Redding | Rocklin Police Department, California Rocklin Police Department, California

Police Officer

Matthew John Redding

Rocklin Police Department, California

End of Watch: Sunday, October 9, 2005
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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew John Redding


It was an honor to have met Officer Redding. It is tragic to have lost his physical presence in our lives. My thoughts go out to all the members of Rocklin Police Department. Our community is grieving. Officer Matt Redding will never be forgotten.

Colleen Harper
Rocklin Citizen
October 10, 2005

I saw you fulfill your dream of becoming a police officer for your hometown, Rocklin, a community ripe with friends and families that embrace one another in good times and in bad. Matt, this is a very bad time. In fact it’s tragic. My heart goes out to your Mom, Dad, Brother, and to Jessica who was so looking forward to a long and enjoyable life with you. My heart also goes to your brothers-in-blue of the Rocklin Police Department. I know you set the bar in most everything you did at the department.

You gave your heart, soul, and your smile to everything you did in your life. Whether it was tracking down then arresting the drunken hit-and-run driver, which killed a young boy while bicycling home from his little league game, or by playing Wednesday-night slow pitch with a bunch of guys 20 years your senior. You gave us your time; laughing, socializing, having the poise and maturity to interact with guys old enough to be your father. You used your natural strength and athleticism to turn, what would be a single for us “old guys,” into a triple, or better! Going out afterward for pizza and refreshments, even having your Mom and Dad join in with the team afterward was always special. I marvel at the relationship you had with them. I‘ll always remember your smile and you asking me how I’m doing – and truly caring.

This community of family and friends was tragically robbed Sunday morning, October 9, 2005. But what can never be robbed of us are the respect, admiration, and the awesome memories that continue to live on in our hearts; for all that you were, and all that will continue to be, in eternity.

F. Jasinski, Friend and Team Mate
Beers and Bats Softball
October 10, 2005

We honor you for your unselfish service to the citizens of the State of California. We feel the pain that your family is now enduring.

We also lost our son three years ago in a similar incident. The days ahead for your family will be dark and seem "lost." However, leaning on the Lord, and family and friends, His strength will carry all through. Take joy in the fact that you will all be together in the next world.

Rest in peace, and know you will not be forgotten.

Lois Rao
Surviving Mother of
SCHP Senior Trooper Michael J. Rao
End of Watch June 12, 2002

Lois Rao
Surviving Mother
October 10, 2005

Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes.

Be at peace Brother.

Heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Redding.

Ofc. Scott Bachman
Baltimore County (MD) PD
October 10, 2005

I know it want change nothing but i wish the suspect could be charged with 1st Degree Murder, he certainly knew what could happen when he started drinking, now a officer trying to stop such madness has to pay the price. I wish the lord to be with the family and co-workers during this terrible time and know Officer Redding you will NEVER be forgotten.

Cpl Gary Mintz, Director Traffic Enf.
Henderson County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina
October 10, 2005

My deepest sympathy goes to the family and loved ones of Officer Redding, and to the Rocklin Police Department. My heart hurts so much for you as you begin this journey. My own beloved brother was senselessly murdered in January, and unfortunately I understand too well your anguish. Please know that you are not alone in your grief and pain, many stand with you and send love and support as you bear this immeasurable loss. Feeling the bond of the law enforcement family and the community has been the greatest source of solace for me. I pray that you will be somehow comforted in knowing that there are so many who cry with you today. Office Redding will never be forgotten.

Carmen Stevenson
Sister of Sergeant Howard Stevenson, EOW January 9, 2005

October 10, 2005

Officer Redding,
You and your family are in our prayers. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Rest Easy Brother!

Dep. Paul Sperandeo, Ofc. Amy Sperandeo
Jefferson PArish Sheriffs Office, Gretna Police Dept. LA.
October 10, 2005


October 10, 2005

TO: The family; loved ones; friends and department members: A POLICE OFFICER’S PRAYER:--- O, gentle Lord ! Keep the day/night watch with me. As I begin my tour of duty, I ask your protection from all mental, physical and spiritual harm. Sustain me with the knowledge that I am doing your work, endeavoring to keep peace among your people. Help me to be just as I enforce the law without prejudice or favor to anyone. May I be courageous but not reckless in carrying out my duties. Let me respond to all calls with haste realizing that so many are dependent upon me for life and safety. Support me with your consoling power when I am tempted to think no one really cares and that I am taken for granted. Sustain in me the conviction that so many thousands do care and are grateful for my presence. Grant that I may be loyal to my partner and my fellow officers, and that I may back them up effectively when called upon for assistance. Lord, I ask that I may return safely, after my tour of duty, to my loved ones and those who love me. I pray that I may be a good and honorable police officer; and after my tour of duty is over here on earth, may I enjoy the peace and happiness of heaven that you have promised to those who serve you well. AMEN. *** REST IN PEACE ***

Chief ( retired ) Douglas A. Koeppen
Washington New Jersey
October 10, 2005

On behalf of the Sheriff's Department and the 800 Reserve Deputy's that I work for, I wish to convey our deepest sympathies and condolences to the Redding Family and their friends. Your loss is our loss too.

Andrew Nagel, Deputy
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
October 10, 2005

Matt, I'll miss you buddy! I'll never forget you.

Deputy Ryan Zender
Placer County Sheriff's Department
October 10, 2005

You will never be forgotten by your brothers in BLUE!! R I P your watch is over we will take it from here. Your brothers in Michigan!!!

Ofc. J. Dixon
Brownstown Police Dept., MI.
October 10, 2005

Our prayers and deepest sympathy goes to the family and all members of the Rocklin Police Department. The family of Officer Redding deserves our appreciation and gratitude for their sacrifice. Your family and your sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Brother and Sisters in Law Enforcement
Truckee Police Department, Truckee, Calif.

Sgt Tim Hargrove
Truckee Police Department
October 10, 2005

Rest easy brother, The watch is ours now

Atlanta Police
October 10, 2005


October 10, 2005

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family! We too know what it means to lose a life in such a tragic and senseless way. May Officer Redding rest in peace and look over all of his fellow brothers and sisters in BLUE!

Police Officer
Columbus,Ohio PD
October 10, 2005

Mr. redding, thank you for your service, courage, bravery and ultimate sacrafice in doing a great service to protecting us. thank you good sir, rest in peace, god bless and thank you.

Josh Douglas
California Department of Justice
October 10, 2005

Rest in peace brother, you are a hero to us all.

Patrolman Shaun McCready
Altoona (PA) Police Department
October 10, 2005

To the Redding family: I only had a brief opportunity to know Matt. Once at my church and several times on the job. But, in those few times he did have an impact on me. He always had a smile on his face, and was the apitomy of a professional representative of his department. Matt will be missed. I pray that you find comfort in knowing that Matt is with our lord. Rest in peace, Brother Matt. Steve Schmidt, Deputy Probation Officer, Placer County

Steve Schmidt, Deputy Probation Officer
Placer County Probation
October 10, 2005

While it is no consolation for your loss, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family and fellow officers of Officer Redding.

While no member of our agency had the privilege to have known him personally, we are certain that he has found a place in heaven through his selfless service to those he swore to protect.

Rest in peace officer; those of us who remain will cover your post on the thin blue line.

Medicine Lodge Police Department
Medicine Lodge, KS
October 10, 2005

Rest in Peace...

Police Officer
Syracuse Police Dept,NY
October 10, 2005

May God watch over you and your Family.

October 10, 2005

Our deepest sympathies go out to the family, friends, and fellow officers of Officer Redding.

My son, Kevin's anniversary date was October 9. It has been two years since he was taken from us, and we grieve with you.

This is the longest, most difficult journey, and please know your pain, grief, and heartache is shared by all of us.

Officer Redding has joined the ranks of fallen heroes. Probably the best words that express just who he was is the quote on the Wall in Washington. (this may not be the exact wording)
"It is not how these officers died that made them heroes; it is how they lived".

May God be with you all in this most difficult time.

Mary F. Fisher

Deptuy Kevin M. Sherwood, EOW 10/09/03
October 10, 2005

Thank you for your dedicated service to your community and your department. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May they never forget your faithful service to your community and department and the brave HERO that you were. To the family, friends and co-workers, our heartfelt prayers and sympathies are with you. May God be with you all during this very sorrowful time. Words will never compensate the loss you have suffered. We pray that He now gives you all strength in your time of need. May you find peace in the thought, that we as friends, take this time to lift you up in prayer.

For your act of unselfish bravery and courage Office Redding, we salute you. Blessed are the peacemakers.

Denise & Erin Hunter, Widow and Daughter
gt. Gregory L. Hunter, Grand Prairie, TX Police Dept., EOW 6-18-04
October 10, 2005

To Officer Redding family and friends our hearts and prayers go out to you

God Bless you

terry miyares, surviving spouse
Officer Emilio Miyares, Hialeah PD, Fl 11/6/86
October 10, 2005


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