Lieutenant Matthew Eric Dow

Lieutenant Matthew Eric Dow

Fayetteville Police Department, North Carolina

End of Watch Friday, October 1, 2021

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Matthew Eric Dow

Lieutenant Matthew Dow died from complications as the result of contracting COVID-19 while assigned to the Cross Creek District substation at 6147 Raeford Road in Fayetteville.

Lieutenant Dow had served with the Fayetteville Police Department for over 26 years. He is survived by his two sons, father, mother, former wife, sister, two brothers, and fiancée.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 26 years, 11 months
  • Badge 26

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19
  • Incident Date Monday, September 13, 2021

communicable disease, COVID-19

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Lt Dow,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

May 2, 2022

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