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Police Officer William Mathews | Wayzata Police Department, Minnesota Wayzata Police Department, Minnesota

Police Officer

William Mathews

Wayzata Police Department, Minnesota

End of Watch: Friday, September 8, 2017
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Reflections for Police Officer William Mathews

 

R.I.P.BROTHER Mathews!!!

Nebraska Police Officer
September 18, 2017

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one who’s blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC
September 18, 2017

it's hard to see/read these ODMP notifications each and every day - GOD BLESS... But when it happens in my home town - my back yard... it hurts even more... RIP Bill

Todd N
MN State Patrol 911 ERCO
September 15, 2017

Rest in Peace Officer Mathews. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers, and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department
September 15, 2017

Rest in Peace Officer Mathews. May the Lord grant your family, friends and co-workers peace during this difficult time. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Parole Supervisor Howard Wykes
Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections
September 15, 2017

Please note: Officer Mathews served 9 years with the Wayzata PD and prior to that served with the Zumbrota (MN) PD. Thank you.

Brian Lorntson
September 14, 2017

RIP my Brother, RIP.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13

Your sacrifice was far too great.

Investigator, Q. Warren
Alaska AGO, Special Prosecutions, MFCU
September 13, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Officer Kyle Groose
Laramie PD, WY
September 13, 2017

I just want to let Officer Mathews family and friends know that we are praying for you through this difficult time.
Thank you for all of your sacrifice. God bless you all!

Joy Nelson
September 13, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Det. Ernie Boss
Charlotte County Sheriff's Office
September 13, 2017

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Sergeant E. Kemmer #142
Nevada Highway Patrol
September 13, 2017

Rest in peace brother. God's speed sir. Thank you for your service.

Lieutenant John C. Moore
Wisconsin DNR Warden
September 12, 2017

Thank you for your service. Prayers for your Family & Dept.

Detective Monica Veney
Baltimore City Police Department
September 12, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with your family, friends and co-workers during this difficult time. Your service and ultimate sacrifice will never be forgotten.

Thomas H. Kelly Jr., ASAC
Federal Air Marshal Service
September 12, 2017

My condolences for your sad loss

Jacquie Rebel survivor
September 12, 2017

My condolences to the family and friends of Police Officer William Matthews. While words fail to capture the pain of losing a loved one, we look forward to the time when words will fail to capture the joy of having our heavenly Father return your dear one to you. Once again, my condolences.

Cpl. William Stanback (Retired)
Pennsylvania State Police
September 12, 2017

We send our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Officer Matthews. May God hold you especially close during your time of loss and grief.

Chaplain James Gysel
Calhoun County Michigan Sheriff's Office
September 11, 2017

Rest in peace officer Mathews. My sincere condolences to your family and to your department. God speed as you now patrol the streets of gold.

TERRY F ZECH OFC (RET)
VETERAN AFFAIRS POLICE DEPT, DETROIT MICHIGAN
September 11, 2017

Rest in peace, Hero. May God comfort your family and friends during this difficult time. GOD BLESS YOU....

Noranne Stubbs Lenox - Office Coordinato
Ariozna Departmetn of Public Safety
September 11, 2017

Rest in peace brother. Thank you for your service and dedication.

Cpl. M. Davis #2614
Prince George's County Police
September 11, 2017

My sincere and heartfelt sympathy to the family, friends and department of our fallen Officer. I am so very sorry for the loss of your HERO.

Thank you for your lifetime of dedicated, loyal and selfless service to your community.

May God give your family comfort and peace.

RIP HERO...Gone but NEVER forgotten... God Bless

Gina Miller, Washington State Patrol
Surviving Fiance WSP Trooper Tony V. Radulescu EOW 2-23-2012
September 11, 2017

On behalf of the Klamath County Sheriff's Office in Klamath Falls Oregon, we send our sincerest sympathy in the recent loss of your Officer, William Mathews, in the line of duty. It is always a huge loss when a fellow officer makes the ultimate sacrifice. His bravery and courage to protect and serve your community has not gone unnoticed.

Sheriff Chris Kaber
Klamath County Sheriff's Office
September 11, 2017

God bless Officer Mathews' family, friends and coworkers and give them strength and peace to get through their grief and pain. Thank you for your service brother.

Detective Sergeant Clark O. Parry
Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office, New York
September 11, 2017

Rest in peace brother.

Police Officer S. Trejo
Donna I.S.D. Police Dept.
September 11, 2017

Rest in peace Brother William.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD
September 11, 2017

 
 

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