Police Officer Richard John Matthews

Police Officer Richard John Matthews

Wilmington Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, February 18, 2009

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Richard John Matthews

Officer Richard Matthews was killed in an automobile accident while responding to backup another officer. His patrol car struck a tree after he swerved to avoid a box in the roadway on Shipyard Boulevard.

He was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Matthews had served with the Wilmington Police Department for 2 years and had previously served with the New York City Police Department for 3 years. He is survived by his wife, parents, sister, and brother.


  • Age 28
  • Tour 5 years
  • Badge 427

Incident Details

  • Cause Automobile crash

Back up for fellow officer(s), single vehicle crash

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In 2009, we were now retired from NY and living here. Never thinking that we would be called to attend the funeral of a fallen Finest brother here. Your service to NYPD and then WPD is never forgotten. Your decision to help a fellow brother cost you your life but that is what we all signed up to do. I keep your memory alive by telling my students all about you and how you died a hero. Your family is always in our prayers. One day, I will get to shake your hand, give you a hug and tell you how your life made a difference!
Forever a sister, 84-58

Tina Swanno, retired police officer

February 26, 2022

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