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Deputy Sheriff Vernon Matthew Williams

Polk County Sheriff's Office, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, September 28, 2006

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Vernon Matthew Williams

Happy Birthday Matt. Your are missed everyday.

Christine Speirs

March 28, 2018

I remember coming home from school to my dad watching the news and in tears when they said a K9 deputy was shot. He had his radio on hoping that everything would have ended differently. You are a friend to my family that will always be missed and your K9 partner Diogi.

MASN Rhodes, Michael

August 9, 2017

Deputy Williams, I didn't know you, but I remember when this happened I was heartbroken. As someone who worked in (and now lives in) Polk county, your sacrifice means the world to me. Please continue watching over your PCSO brothers. God speed.

Jimmy Russ

November 17, 2016

The Sheriffs of Florida and their deputies will never forget the sacrifice you and your family made to uphold our laws and protect society.

Your name has been inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs and the National Law Enforcement Memorial and in our hearts. May you forever rest in peace.

A scripture inscribed on the Florida Sheriffs Law Enforcement Memorial:

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they shall be called the children
of God." Matthew 5:9

Executive Director Steve Casey
Florida Sheriffs Association

August 20, 2016

You have been missed everyday by the people who were lucky enough to know and love you. Scott, Robbie, Shawn and I talk about the old days often. You are always in our hearts and thoughts as well as Diogi and Rocky. Thank you for being the hero that you are!

Robert and Shawn

January 23, 2016

Merry Christmas Officer Williams and Diogi. You are always remembered in our hearts.

Deputy J Bemis
Oakland County Sheriff's Office

December 16, 2015

I have not forgotten my brother. I take things you taught me everyday with me to work. I think about you daily and reflect on your life as a light that shines brighter by the day. You faced evil face to face and did not back away. You are truly one of God's greatest creations friend. I WILL see you again. La Familia Intocable

Former Deputy Sheriff Bobby Boehmler
U.S. Gov't K9 Handler

September 30, 2013

RIP Matt. You were a good cop!

T Parrish
Hines Energy

September 13, 2013

RIP brother. I wear your shirt with pride and tell your story when folks ask me about it.

Floyd Mullens, Sr.
Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno, Oklahoma

September 28, 2012

Yet another year has come and gone and you are still and always will be missed. While out patroling today "Fivo" and I stopped by and just hung out at your final resting place. We will always remember! RIP Matt and DiOGi!

D/S Kenny Knox

September 28, 2012

Continue to think of you and honor your memory. Miss you always. La Familia!

Master Deputy Tyson Choquette
Polk County Sheriff's Office

September 28, 2012

I never met you Matt but I am thinking of you and Diogi today on the sixth anniversary of your deaths.

Fellow handler in London

Police Constable

September 28, 2012

Thinking of you and Diogi and thank you for your dedicated service and bravery. You both are true heroes and will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Fallen Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

September 28, 2012

We will never forget the heroes who gave their all for us, and you and Diogi are truly heroes. May you both continue to rest in peace.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL

September 28, 2012

Sept. 28, a day we will never forget. Matt, it is so hard to believe you & DiOGi left us all 6 years ago, seems like only yesterday. The whole day still plays in my mind like it does everyone else. Only the day before you and DiOGi were goofing around in the hall ways with DiOGi showing off , well I think you were too lol I kinda miss the old SO building, because I could walk down the halls and clearly see ya'll....or sit out at the round table and see you swing that gate open with that big smile you always had, and then up pops DiOGi looking over the wall. I would always scream with delight seeing him and run to greet ya'll at the back door for hugs. Matt, you really would have no clue as to how many lives you touched while you were here on earth and how you now in death continue to touch even more lives. You were a one of a kind special person, a real Hero. Our hearts are still heavy, they say time heals all wounds, but, buddy this time it just is not happening like they say. I know you are so proud of Nancy, Chris, Jimmy & Amanda..they have turned out to be wonderful young adults, Nancy has done a great job. And your grand-children..omg you would be having a ball with them just like Nancy. I've made your grand-kids shirts with your picture on the backs and it says This is my Papa! They will grow up knowing what a wonderful person you were. You are forever etched in all of our hearts. This will be the 2nd year we are gathering to toast you & to celebrate your life here on earth. I know, I brought you the damn wrong kinda beer last year but I kinda thought that you needed the best so that's what I brought!! Anyways, if you were here & I handed you a Michelob ultra I don't think you'd turn it down lol Till we meet again Matt, you & DiOGi keep watch over all of us, give DiOGi a big pat on the head & I miss you buddy!! Non Solus..... Oh yeahhh hey Matt.......check your CDPD ~ "Are You Smiling Today"? ♥

Diane Dodge

September 28, 2012

Matt - Tomorrow it will be 6 years that you and DiOGi left us. You may be gone physically but your spirits still permeate PCSO and Polk County. Thank you for your service here on Earth and please continue to watch over your LEO family as they watch over the rest of us.

Mother of a LEO

September 27, 2012

I Still remember EVERY day brother. RIP my friend 3655K

D/S Boehmler #4435
Polk County S O

August 24, 2012

I recently learned of you passing during a K9 tactical seminar. I pass on your memory through my K9 roll call trainings with officers from my own agency, and I will continue to do so as long as I can. You are not forgotten.

Ofc. Miller

May 14, 2012

Matt, we've never met, but just like a lot of us in this profession, we don't. I wear the shirt I got from Diane with pride and I have a lot of folks ask me about it. Well, I tell them what I know from reading on this site and they basically say holly smoke. I'm going on a bike ride on the 5th of May (tomorrow) in Pottawattomie County with the Sheriff's Department for two fallen Deputies in the recent past. I'm going to wear this shirt and tell anyone and everyone about what it means, 68/110, and to remember you and Diogi. I no longer run the streets, but work on the inside of the fence. Rest in Peace and to all of the other brothers and sisters out there, be safe, that's an order.

Floyd Mullens,Sr. FCI El Reno, Ok
Federal Correctional Institution, El Reno, Oklahoma

May 4, 2012

Rest in Peace, Deputy Williams. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

February 16, 2012

I still Remember Brother.

D/S Bobby Boehmler
Polk County Sheriff's Office

November 21, 2011


It's been 5 years since you were taken from us, but it's like it happen just yesterday. It still bothers me a lot that you are gone. You were such a good person, friend, and co-worker. I appreciate the things you taught me and still laugh at how funny you were. You had such a go with the flow personality and you enjoyed life. I will always remember you and respect your work ethic and how you like to be the best K9 handler possible.

As the saying goes a man remember never dies, well I think you will live on forever since everyone here talks about you just about everyday. I certainly will not forget you. Rest in peace brother.

D/S Chris Rice 4502
Polk County Sheriff's Office

September 29, 2011

‎5 Years ago today, I lost a friend and his dog. He was just not a friend nor was this a reg. Dog…He was Deputy Matt Williams and his K-9 Partner DiOGi. Polk County Sheriff’s Office lost a great team..Matt’s family lost a husband, father and a brother. They say time heals all wounds; however, this wound is not healing. Some days it’s almost like it happened yesterday it’s still so fresh in my mind.... Matt you have no idea how much you were loved and are missed by your family and your friends, you are a true Hero, it’s not by how you died that made you one, it’s how you lived and the so many lives that you touched, that is what makes you the true Hero. I continue to make shirts in your Honor and to keep your memory alive. I hope you & DiOGi are keeping the streets of gold in order up there….Give DiOGi a big pat on the head for me for a job well done & I miss you my friend. To Nancy and the rest of the family…thinking of you all on this day…Matt~are you smiling today~

Diane Dodge
Polk County Sheriff's Office

September 28, 2011

5 Years ago today I lost you brother. You were protecting us against the evils of this world. I know you are always watching over us. I can only pray I make you as proud of me as I am of you!! I love you man! Those are the last words you said to me jusr 24 hours before our world was turned upside down!! Well....I love you man!! Never forgotten and always my hero!

Joe Williams

September 28, 2011

My prayers are with the Williams family today as they face another EOW, time does not heal the pain in our hearts. We will never forget your heroes... Deputy Williams, continue to rest in peace sir and thank you for your service, dedication and protection to us all.

Deb Azure
Mother of Deputy Renee Danell Azure
EOW 08/06/02
Union County SO, Lake Butler, FL


September 28, 2011

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