Reserve Officer Matthew Jay Tuttle

Reserve Officer Matthew Jay Tuttle

Chelsea Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Thursday, April 13, 2006

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Matthew Jay Tuttle

Reserve Officer Matthew Tuttle and Chief Scott Sumner were killed in a helicopter accident in Scio Township while providing aerial support for officers who were involved in a foot pursuit.

The foot pursuit started during a traffic stop on I-94. Chief Sumner and Reserve Officer Matt Tuttle responded to the location in Reserve Officer Tuttle's personal helicopter to help track the suspect.

The helicopter crashed near the intersection of Staebler and Jackson Roads, killing the officers.

Reserve Officer Tuttle also served as a Captain with the Chelsea Area Fire Authority. He is survived by his wife.


  • Age 28
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Oh Matt, it surely doesn't seem like 8 years have passed since we were sitting in PROT and counting how many times one of the instructors said "mmmmkay" during a law lecture. I will never forget the first day of defense training and being paired up together. We practiced wrist locks on one another, only to find out later that you sprained your wife's wrist trying to practice at home. I remember the excitement from the day you made Captain and driving home in the lane next to you on 94. The last time I saw you, you were flashing your overheads at me as I merged off the highway and we waved good night. Class was never the same after we lost you. We honored your seat (back row, left side isle chair) and it remained empty the remainder of PROT as a silent remembrance of you.
Your service was quite the spectacle. News helicopters were hovering so close we could barely hear what was being said and you had the longest procession I've ever seen. A boy scout troop was standing out on the street saluting you as me, Bobby and Ed (aka "The Rock") drove by. Your service is one of the most difficult things I've ever had to get through.

Everyone that was a part of PROT 05/06 carries you in their heart.
8 years later and I'm still thinking about you.
Always Missed, never forgotten.

Nancy Mayo, Reserve Officer
Belleville Police Department

September 15, 2014

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