Police Officer Matthew Hare

Police Officer Matthew Hare

Easley Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, August 2, 2023

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Matthew Hare

Police Officer Matthew Hare was struck and killed by an Amtrak train near the 2000 block of East Main Street while attempting to pull a suicidal subject from the railroad tracks.

The subject had called 911 at about 5:00 am while suffering a mental crisis. Officer Hare and another officer located the subject on the tracks at about 6:00 am as the oncoming train approached. The officers were removing the subject from the tracks when Officer Hare was fatally struck. Neither the other officer nor the subject was injured.

Officer Hare had graduated from the police academy only five months earlier. He s survived by his mother, brother, aunt, grandparents, cousin, and stepsister.


  • Age 22
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Struck by train

EDP, suicide attempt


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Father in Heaven Bless the eternal soul of this thy servant departed Officer Matthew Hare and keep his spirit with you always. Bless his family and all those who mourn his passing and give them Peace. This we ask in thy Holy name, Amen.

Chaplain George E. Martin, Sr.

International Police Association
Region 14 (NC, SC, TN, GA)

September 6, 2023

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