Police Officer Bradley W. Matteson

Police Officer Bradley W. Matteson

Fort Wayne Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Thursday, October 5, 2000

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Bradley W. Matteson

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.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 19 years
  • Badge 157

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

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I had the previlage to sit next to Brad in the Police Academy. We were paired up in almost all of the traininning scenarios. Due to our last name, our PE ‘#s were next to each other.
He had a very special sense of humor. Due to the witness that he was, it was very clear that he was HEAVEN BOUND!

So Brad It’s not Good Bye, It is see ya in the future!

Lt. Dan Meeks FWPD (Ret.)


January 28, 2018

LT Dan Meeks, Lieutenant

May 4, 2019

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