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Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

Craven County Sheriff's Office, North Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, October 21, 2000

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Reflections for Deputy Jeffrey Allen Matheny

I came across this sight while surfing the web. Jeff was the only person I looked for. I knew Jeff by face and not by name. I was one of the firefighters that tried to save Jeff's life. Once we had Jeff out of the car we loaded Jeff onto Pedro a search and rescue helecopter from MCAS Cherry Point,I was sure that I would see Jeff again. When I saw a picture of Jeff in the news paper I was floored, I new who Jeff was. As a firefighter I try not to look at the face of a person when I am trying to save their life. That night I was trying to save the life of a fellow brother, I did not look at his face. The firefighters and Medics from # 7 Twp FD, #6 Twp FD, Rescue 20, and Craven EMS worked very hard to save Jeff, but the Lord had already made plans for one of nicest people one could know. I ride by that sight everyday on the way to work and often say a prayer for Jeff and his family. Theres a lot of horse playing between firefighter and cops. We both have a job that is hard on familys but normally has a good reward in the end. We can all say that we helped someone. Jeff did that from the time he entered the Marine Corps and then decided to become a cop. It takes a special person to both. Yor are missed Jeff.

FF D. Thomas
# 7 Township Fire Dept.

August 23, 2008

I worked with Jeff while a member of Alpha Battery, 3dLAAMbn (1986-1989). Funngy dude who always made
us laugh! Semper Fi, brother. I miss the fine Marines
of 3dLAAMBn.

John

Sgt John Ingram
3dLAAMBn, A-Btry

August 8, 2008

jeff~~

i have been thinking of you alot.. we all know that you are looking over us and guiding us down the path of rightesness.. i am going down and get a fallen soldier tattoo for you next month i know that you service was one thing that you was the proudest of and i can only hope to pay my respect to you by having a of art on my body in memory of you.. i love you uncle

david cox
nephew

May 27, 2008

Ssgt. Matheny was my platoon sgt while serving with 3rd Laam Bn, Alpha Battery in April of 1988. He was a great person, dedicated Marine and someone that we all looked up to. I express my sincere condolences to the family, I am just learing of this terrible news through another Marine who was also in Ssgt Matheny's platoon with me. Rest in Peace Marine, God Bless your family.

Robert D. Brands Sr.
USMC 1987-1991

Robert D. Brands Sr
United States Marine Corps.

February 25, 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

December 26, 2007

Craven-135? I was thinking about you tonight, brother. After I got off work this evening 30 shift had a chase. Some moron comitted an armed robbery in Havelock and he decided to run from HPD on US-70 westbound from Havelock
right into the entire shift waiting on him near Carolina Pines not far from that spot. Anyway, 134 dropped the spike strips on him, and the perp wrecked right at Mexican Imports. I rode down there and passed the scene, it looked like something right out of COPS.You would have loved it. Thanks for looking out after everybody, no one was hurt.
After I passed the cluster bust I hadda go down to Riverdale to turn around. Thats when I realized I was close to....close to that place. I miss you, bro...

Comm Supervisor Richard Gordon
Craven County Sheriff's Office (NC)

November 16, 2007

DEPUTY MATHENY, YOU HAVE SERVED WELL. MAY GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. A HERO FOR SURE. MAY YOU REST IN PEACE.

CHIEF RONNIE WATFORD-RET.
JEFFERSON POLICE DEPT,S.C.

October 21, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service

VanDenBerghe
NH

October 19, 2007

You are remembered today and thank you Sir for your service.

Vandenberghe
NH

October 17, 2007

Hey Dad you were on my mind today so i thought i would leave something, i know its going on 6 years now but the pain is still there in my heart, i pray one day we will meet up with each other in heaven Dad..i love you always and forever..135...SEMPER FI

PFC JEREMY MATHENY

August 8, 2007

Jeff and I went through the academy together in Craven County. When he found out I was going to Yuma he helped me get in with the Yuma County Sheriff’s Office reserves. I owe a lot to Jeff and I will always remember him. Thanks brother…

GySgt Richard Marks
Friend

May 29, 2007

Not a day goes by that I don't miss you. I wish we could have had more time together. It just wasn't meant to be, I guess. Take care of yourself. See you again one day.....
Semper Fi.

AZ Narc

May 22, 2007

Dad ive been thinking about you alot and i miss you like crazy. Just keep your loving hands over us and protect us because you know we are all hard headed.. And you would be proud of Jason hes talkin bout joining the military as well and it was also his birthday today and i know you are protecting him cuz you know how he is. well dad i love you and miss you and will see you one day in the streets of heaven

PFC JEREMY MATHENY
US ARMY/ SON

May 16, 2007

Hey dad. I've been thinking about you everyday lately. I miss you. Life has been going pretty well but it saddens me to know you aren't here. Zack and I are getting married in October. I don't know how I'm going to hold my emotions back knowing you won't be there. I know you'll watch over us but I can't help but to want you physically there. Payten has gotten so big. Now I know what a handful I must have been. I can't complain though. I love every moment of being her mommy. The boys are doing well. You would be very proud of them. They both seem to be following in your footsteps. I love you and miss you.

Christy

Christina Matheny
Daughter

April 19, 2007

I'm just a friend of Jeremy's....he wanted everyone to look at this page....I just pray that you watch over him and keep him safe on his journey in life, and that all of his dreams become realities.

Danielle Kowalsky

January 22, 2007

Mr. Matheny,

Hi, my name is Walter, I never got the chance to meet you but I now how much you mean to your family. Jeremy is my best friend and I am here to support him when he needs it. You have a very good son and I know that you raised him well, I know this because he was my roommate and a very good friend for a very long time. Hes helped me when i needed it the most and even though im here in iraq and hes in korea we still talk and hes still helping me when i need it. I want you to know that you would be very proud of your son. Keep protecting him and your family and keep us all out of harms ways.

PFC UMLAND
U.S. Army/your sons friend

January 16, 2007

I didn't know Jeff but I was lucky enough to get to know both of his sons pretty well. They have both turned out to be amazing people and I know that he is proud looking down on them.

May he rest in peace!

Shayna King

January 16, 2007

Dad,

Well almost a year now dad since i have joined the Army..Thanks for looking over me threw my journey..My best friends Walt and Katie came and visited you yesterday, brought you some flowers, i know your not really a flower person but i hope you like them lol..And you would never imagine this dad im about to be 21 in 6 days. And another shocker jason is talking about joining the service. Christy is doing real good i think she found her self a very good man. He seems like he really loves his kids. You would be so proud of all us kids...And mom seems like shes doing alright, same ol mom lol...Everyone here misses you and we think about you all the time.. Well keep your loving hands over us dad and i know you help us threw are struggles when we need a little push...i love you and always will 135 Semper Fi

PV2. Matheny, Jeremy
Son

January 16, 2007

Hey dad. I was thinking about you this morning and only wish you could be here for me to lean on. Payten is getting so big, just about to walk real soon. Zack and I are managing this long distance realtionship and parenting venture the best we can. It's not been the easiest of times to be so far apart from the ones I love but I know you'll watch over us all. I miss you and love you everyday.

Christy

SSgt Christina L. Matheny
Loving Daughter

January 5, 2007

Hey dad just want to wish you a merry christmas and i know u are watching us from the heavens above miss you dad

PV2.Matheny
Son Us Army

December 24, 2006

Dad, when you left this world I didn’t know what to do
It was by the grace of God that I actually made it threw
So many memories you missed ..don’t know how bad I wanted you here
But in my heart and soul dad, I always knew you were near
For you are with me all the time, every second of the day
I love the joy you put in my heart dad, please never go away
Cant wait till that day dad…the day I get to see you again
Not only are you a father to me, but also my best friend
For the days your not with us dad, it just hurts us more and more
Why cant you come back dad, Why cant you be here anymore?
I’m missing you all the time, there’s not a second your not in my mind
Dad I wish you could be with me, just for one more last time.
So many memories your going to miss, the grandchildren, the wife
Watching your son grow up, and step forward in this military life.
For you are my guardian, my father, my friend
You will be in my heart forever dad, till its time for my life to end…


R.I.P Dad…I love you and Always miss you ,Always and Forever

!Jeremy!

PV2. Matheny US Army

November 25, 2006

Jeff, this week is Thanksgiving. I am thankful for many things and, at the top of that list, is my thanks for having you in my life, if only for a short while. Rest easy, my brother. Semper Fidelis.

AZ Narc

November 22, 2006

As a young Marine, I had to opportunity to work for him, while he was a young Sgt. Sgt Matheny was one of the first NCO I worked after finishing boot, he continued to instill the Corps value I learned in boot camp. He was help me make my decision to make a career of the Marine Corps and I will always respect and be greatful to him for that. God Speed Sgt Matheny

GySgt Dwayne Hawkins
USMC

November 6, 2006

Wow!?!? I just went web surfing to look up anything on my old USMC Battalion and I come across this. Sgt. Matheny was a Platoon Sgt. of mine when we were both back at 3dLAAMBn, Alpha Btry (First to Fire!!!) in the early 80's. I am saddened to hear of his passing. My condolences to his family. ~ Semper Fi Sgt. Matheny ~

S. Reynolds, LCpl USMC 83-87
Sgt. Matheny's Plt., Alpha Btry., 3dLAAMBn

November 4, 2006

It has been 6 years since your end of watch and you have not been forgotten nor will that ever be the case as you are a true hero and heroes never die. Keep watch over your loved ones as they journey through life, they will learn to know that you are a true hero. Thank you for your service to law enforcement.

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

October 21, 2006

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