Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Ferry County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 2003

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Matthew John Lane

Undersheriff Lane was killed in an airplane accident during a search-and-rescue mission near the Sherman Pass summit at 1000 hours.

He and a civilian pilot were part of a rescue effort searching for a missing woman. The woman was found later in the afternoon when she walked out of the woods near the point where she was reported missing. The pilot of the Cessna 172 was also killed in the accident.

Undersheriff Lane had served with the 8-person department for 13 years, and had previously served with the Republic Police Department for 4 years, and with the Soap Lake Police Department. In 1999, he was shot in the cheek when he responded to a neighborhood disturbance.

He is survived by his wife, two children, parents, two brothers, and four sisters.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge A2

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Rest in peace Undersheriff lane. I was wondering if you were related to Miami Officer Rolland John Lane II who was killed in 1971. Your dignity will be forever remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 5, 2018

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