Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sergeant Matthew Ray Davis

Orange County Sheriff's Department, California

End of Watch Sunday, September 22, 2002

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Reflections for Sergeant Matthew Ray Davis

To the family and friends of Sgt. Matthew Davis and his fellow officers in the Orange County Sheriff's Departmemt:

Our family wishes to honor Matt's memory on the sixth anniversary of the day Matt so tragically lost his life. His heroism, valor and bravery will be forever remembered.

May you be continue to be comforted by the support and caring of your law enforcement family and other police survivors. We grieve for you and with you. Our family lost our beloved Larry Lasater when he was fatally shot in April of 2005 during a foot pursuit of two bank robbers, so we know the anquish you are still experiencing.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the years of service Sgt. Davis gave to his community and the citizens of California, and the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on September 22, 2002.

Phyllis Loya, mother of fallen officer
Larry Lasater, Pittsburg, CA PD eow 4/24/05

Phyllis Loya
mother of Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

September 23, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones and close friends on this day. Keep watch over them and protect them from harm. Thank you for your dedicated service to others. You are a true hero and heroes never die. You will always be remembered, especially by those that carry you in their heart every day.

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

September 22, 2008

Matt.....take care of another one of my friends, Jim Snedigar. Together you two should have some interesting stories.

Mark Jones OCSD Class #74.

Deputy Chief Mark Jones
Department of Defense PD

April 17, 2008

Those who die doing heroic deeds live forever in the hearts of all of us who live in safety because of those deeds. It is a noble calling to serve others. Just as you served, your parents now carry on in your honor and memory. They stand beside us, cry with us and carry us when we are to weak to walk. In their strength we gain healing. In their love we are able to find hope and in their wisdom we are encouraged to continue. They love the Lord, they love us and Oh! how they love you. We are all honored and blessed to be called their friends. Micah 6:8

Parents of Deputy Daniel Archuleta
EOW 9-12-04 Kern County

March 31, 2008

Matt,

Im sure you look down from Heaven so proudly at your mom and dad! Your mom is an amazing woman. I am blessed to know her and have her in my life. She has stepped up from your untimely death to become a leader and is admired by so many, including my family and I. They miss you more than words can say, but we know God has a plan. You will all be together again one day.

Tammy Jacobs-Darby
Friend of Matts Mother Mary

January 22, 2008

Matt,

Thanks for all the time you backed me up and stood by, always there to help. Thanks for you advice and friendship, that time was too short.

Deputy Albert Macias
OCSD and friend

January 15, 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 1, 2007

Matt;

I send my best to you and your family. Travel well, my friend.

Don McKay
Class #74, classmate

January 7, 2007

Rest in Peace Motorman. You are not forgotten.

Motor Officer Danny Johnson
Metro Nashville Police Dept.

September 22, 2006

It has been 4 years since your end of watch and I know the tears still flow from the many broken hearts that have been left behind. You have not been forgotten nor will that ever happen as you are a true hero and heroes never die. I know your parents would trade places with you in a heartbeat as I would for my son so that you could be here with your loved ones pursuing your dream, law enforcement. Keep watch over them and those still out on patrol watching over the thin blue line.

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

Bob Gordon, Gold Star Father

September 21, 2006

Matt, a few months before you died, I asked you if you had any advice on how to handle my oral board for Sergeant. You sat down with me and offered me thoughtful, heartfelt advice. I took your advice, Matt, the oral board went well, and I got promoted. Just as you made a difference in my life, Matt, you touched the lives of everyone around you. You were a bright beacon of light to those of us working in a world of darkness. You were always kind, patient, generous, and genuine. You were never intolerant, judgemental or short-tempered. You truly lived your life in a way that set an example for others. As a non-believer at the time, I didn't recognize God's love when you were my supervisor, Matt, even though it was right next to me. In 2005 I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior, Matt, and I look forward to the day you and I will worship Him together as brothers! In the mean time, here on Earth, you remain a role model for me. You truly touched lives, Matt, mine included.

Sergeant Rich Himmel
Orange County Sheriff's Department

July 3, 2006

He was always my protector and i know he is still watching over me. It's almost four years now, but i know that God has a plan, for his strength is in my weakness.


very close

May 31, 2006

Matt it has been 3 long years but only seems like yesterday. I miss you so very much. I would just love to hold you one more time. Dad and I see your fellow deputies as much as we can and it is great. We know that God has a plan for us all. Tammy and the kids are doing well, we see them often.
God Bless all the officers that protect us everyday my God be with you as you go on the streets.
Proud to be Matt's Mom
Mary

January 17, 2006

It will be 3 years and I know the pain still runs deep for your family and close friends. Keep watch over your family and those officers still out on patrol. You will never be forgotten and are a true hero.

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

Bob Gordon

September 21, 2005

I salute you for your service and honor you for your sacrifice.

Rest in peace. God bless.

September 29, 2004

Remembering you on the anniversary of your death. May God comfort
all those who are still grieving your passing. Life is difficult at times and
the Lord Jesus wants to help carry our burdens. He gives us many
beautiful promises in His Word to help us through our valleys. I pray you
will feel His presence and know His peace. God bless!

Lynn Kole
Washington State

September 22, 2003

Although your tour of duty is over, you will never be forgotten! May God bless you, your family and your co-workers. Rest in peace my brother.

Motor Officer Don Cone
San Diego Police Department

Sergeant Davis...God bless your Family...God bless your Soul.

Deputy Sheriff
OCSD

I saw the heavens open up.
The Earth shook with fear.
For Evil, knew of God's Army.
They were Heroes, men on steel horses.

Cpl. James J. Crawford
Lower Providence Twp Police Motor Unit , Montg. Co. PA.

Matthew Ray Davis,

Thank you for being the protector of those who can't protect themselves. As a former Orange County Deputy and classmate, I know the County, the Sheriff's Department and the City of Mission Viejo are all very pround of Matt. God's plan is greater than all of us, and as humans often we don't understand WHY! Matt what you stood for will not ne forgotten. Rest in peace my friend.

Joseph M. Gooden, Sergeant
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

Matt was a friend and a colleague. He will be missed by many. You should know that Matt loved his family, loved God, loved his work, and loved his play!

While Matt was an excellent Peace Officer, he was an even better person.

To Tammy, John, Jessica, and Julie.....you are all in our hearts and prayers. You will always be part of our family. Call us any time; day or night.

Sergeant Doug Bertoglio
OCSD

Sergeant Doug Bertoglio
Orange County Sheriff's Department

To the widow of Matthew Davis: If I could be there to hug you and shed many tears I would. I can imagine how you feel. My husband was murdered on 09-14-02 in douglas county oregon. You can read about him on this memorial site Morris Taylor loved the Lord and would want many people to come to know him through this. I will keep you in my prayers and I hope we can meet someday. Love Margaret

Margaret Taylor
widow of douglas co. sherriffs deputy

My heart goes out to the family, friends, and co-workers of Sergeant Davis. May god help you through this trying time, you are in my prayers.

Ofc. B McClelland

Officer B. McClelland
Orlando Police

Tammy and kids,

I will pray for you. My family and I are here for you if you ever need anything. God will take care of you.

Tammy Jacobs, widow of
Det. Doug Jacobs, Riverside PD

May god bless you for the faithful service you provided to your fellow man and may the good lord watch over your family.

Officer Dominic Delia
Dept. of Safety and Security, Vermont State Colleges

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