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Trooper Matthew Rand Bond

Pennsylvania State Police, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Friday, January 14, 2000

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Reflections for Trooper Matthew Rand Bond

Rest in peace Trooper Bond.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

April 14, 2019

Matt,
It has been over 16 years since we last played hockey together. I am still playing and think of you when I ice the puck or nearly go off side. I never did get a chance thank you for teaching me some of the basics of the game. I still say an occasional prayer for Shelly and your family.

right wing
EPD

March 30, 2016

Your youth hockey equipment, that you handed down to Steve, remains in my attic. I remember how you and "Jimmy" would come out to Your Mom's beauty shop to say "Hi" whenever I was there. I miss those times. I attended the funeral service. You really "filled the house" that day. Jim gave an eloquent, loving speech. I was so proud of both of you! I am sure that your "watch" is not over. You are watching over all of us and many others from another "station." I feel safe and secure whenever I travel I-90 North from Erie because I know that you are still on watch and protecting us from above.

Charlotte Wood
Jim and Matt's "Aunt Chuckie"

May 18, 2015

Still think of you with love and grieve for what the world is missing. Thank you Matt for all you gave while you were here.

Anonymous

September 18, 2014

Matt,
We had just begun a friendship shortly before you were taken. I am grateful that I got to know you as well as I did. Not a day goes by that I don't think of you, and of that day when I was shoveling my driveway (it was Erie, after all) when Matty called me and told me the news, telling me to get to the hospital right away. We all stood vigil at the hospital and I cried like a baby when they said you were gone. I was ashamed then; but I no longer am. It is a shame to shed tears for worthless things; but I shed tears for a brother and a friend. I will never forget you. I only hope that Shelly has been able to continue her life. I hope that although she will never forget you; that she will realize happiness, which she deserves. God Bless you, Bro. I miss you.

Trooper
PSP

March 14, 2012

Happy New Year Tpr BOND, you are not forgotten.

trooper
pa state police

December 31, 2010

You are not forgotten brother. I think of you often and say a prayer for your family.

Corporal
Pennsylvania State Police, 98th Cadet Class

January 22, 2010

Ten years is a long time but not long enough to extinguish the memories of your friendship and leadership; those will never fade. We all think of you often. On a trip with the family to Niagara Falls last year I tried to explain to my kids why I was stopped by the side of the highway to lay flowers. I do not think they understood then, but as they grow I will do it again. They need to learn that people like you are one in a million and will forever be missed.

RIP brother.

Zak Burkons
fraternity brother

January 17, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 10th anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.


Rest In Peace

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

January 14, 2010

Matt, sadly today on the 10th anniversary of your death, we lost another brother from the troop. Be there to welcome Tpr Richey into heaven. We miss you.

trooper
psp

January 13, 2010

Having lost Josh Miller last night and receiving the news of his death reminded me of your sacrafice. You are certainly not forgotten and I think about you and say a prayer for you and your family often.

Corporal
Pennsylvania State Police

June 8, 2009

These young men who give their lives for a career they are so passionate about
touch our hearts deeply. Their families have our utmost compassion and sympathy. With love from one coast of America to the other.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA

Anonymous

January 14, 2009

Matt, It is January and those who worked with you around the barracks are again saddend by your loss. Whether it was sitting in the median running radar, talking about the old fraternity days, or playing hockey on the FOP team, you were a good friend and BROTHER (both Theta Chi and PSP) I think about you every time I pass the exit on 90, and worry whenever I know my guys are up there in the same conditions. Everytime I walk in the front door of the barracks I see your picture and smile knowing you did what you wanted to do and you were good at it. I'll see you on the other side brother....keep watching over us!

Sgt. J.R.Rogers
PA State Police - Erie

January 12, 2009

RIP.You will never be forgotten.

Anonymous

October 27, 2008

Matt, I still think of all the fun we had on mids chasing Fred. I was in Erie this past summer and I saw the interchange an the accident site for the first time. I only wish I could have been there sooner. Thanks for being a great friend and a Tpr.

Cpl S
PSP

March 13, 2008

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

January 23, 2008

My thoughts are with all of your loved ones on the 8th anniversary of your EOW. I know there has not been a day during the past 8 years that they have not thought of you and shed silent tears while thinking of one of their fond memories of you. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones, protect them from harm. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will never be forgotten.

Bob Gordon
Father of Chicago Officer: Michael P. Gordon, EOW: 8/8/04

January 14, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR SERVICE

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

January 5, 2008

Matt

Just a note to tell the world how very much your mom misses you, your smile, your hugs, your laughter. Another anniversary is coming, the hole in my heart still aches.I know you watch over us and I thank you for that.Every moment of every day my love for you remains, from the blond little boy to the tall handsome Trooper, how very proud of you I always will be.
All my love
Mom

December 7, 2007

Today I happend to browse the Edinboro Theta Chi website when I noticed a blog that was labeled "Trooper Bonds." It sparked my interest right away and as I read on I realized that I remember hearing about this man. I remember,I was 18 years old and in my senior year when I attended Union City High School where Mr. Bond's wife had just began teaching and I had her for one of my classes. Though I did not know Trooper Bond, I could see the love that his wife had for him and the sorrow she held with her. I thought the world of the woman who he had married. She was a great teacher and a great person, and I would like to believe that it speaks about how Mr. Bond was as a person too. I just want to say that I am proud to be a member of the same organization as an American Hero like Trooper Matthew R. Bond. God Bless you and your family.

Joe Brown
Brother of Theta Chi Fraternity

October 10, 2007

Matt, you will always be missed. You were truly an inspiration to us all and you were a better person in your 28 years than most of us could hope to be in our entire lifetime.

Eric Anderson
Fraternity Brother

August 7, 2007

NEVER ever forgotten.

Joanie
Mother, daughter, sister, and granddau. of LEOs

January 6, 2007

Matt,
Another August has passed. You would have turned 35 on the 8th. Not a day passes that you are not thought of, loved, and missed greatly.
I can still smile knowing that I had the best big brother a girl could ask for.
Its refreshing to read these & know that people are still touched by seeing your cross on I-90. When we were little, Dad used to call that "the road to no-where"...because the construction wasn't complete on I-90. Ironic now, that is where you left us.
In Your Loving Memory and Honor,
V.

V.L.Bond
Sister

August 30, 2006

Brother Salmon,

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And the rains fall soft upon your fields,
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Respectfully,
You’re Brothers in Blue

Untouchables LE Motorcycle Club

December 6, 2005

Matt, it was an honor and a privilege to be your classmate in the 98th Cadet Class. It was pride and honor I felt when I heard you won the Medal of Honor for doing your duty as written in the Call of Honor. It was with great sadness that I heard of your loss, but I know only the best patrol Heaven's streets. I also know you protect us still by watching over family, and friends. God Bless you and your family.

Karl L. Harig II, Trooper Retired
PSP

November 6, 2005

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