Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Ferry County Sheriff's Department, Washington

End of Watch Friday, May 30, 2003

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Reflections for Undersheriff Matthew John Lane

Rest easy

Mark Mottola

May 30, 2020

Rest In Peace Matthew; I met your brother on a flight to DC. years ago on his way to honor you, He told me what a good cop you were and that you needed to represented in Washington DC, He seemed very proud of you snd er
snd er talked bout loosing Leos we love. at the time my dad was a sergeant in the WSP and My. mom a Major in operations. Spending time with your Bro. hit home that next I could heading to DC yo put a flyer on s love and grave.

Ken Fenton dependant

February 24, 2020

Rest in peace Undersheriff lane. I was wondering if you were related to Miami Officer Rolland John Lane II who was killed in 1971. Your dignity will be forever remembered.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

September 5, 2018

To Undersheriff Mathew John Lane and family,

I wanted to thank you for your dedicated service to our country, state, and local community. I hope and pray that your family as found peace over the years, though a part of them will always be missing. And I hope that they honor your legacy as a husband, father, brother, and a son.

Today and always may you be honored.

Thomas VanDam
Fellow pilot

July 24, 2018


Your dedication will never be forgotten by those who worked with you. We miss you.

As you know, I visit the Law Enforcement Memorial wall in Olympia, remind those present who you are, what you meant to your family, partners and community: you're not just an engraved name in the granite.

Rest in honor, my friend.

Steve Bruchman
Stevens Co. S.O.

March 30, 2017

Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
GOD Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 30, 2015

Took the Ice Water Challenge today in your memory. We miss you buddy!

Sgt. Brad Manke
Stevens County S.O.

June 24, 2014

Its been a tough day, Remembering you today, you should still be here with us. Thank you for influencing my life positively.

Emory - brother
Ephrata, WA

May 30, 2014

I love you daddy! Forever your baby girl. You are dearly missed.

Kacie Lane

June 5, 2013

You have been on my mind so much the last couple weeks. Hard to believe your time was 10 years ago. I think about all the things you have missed: your girls growing up, graduating, going off to college, birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, and so much more. I often think about the fear you must have been feeling as the plane went down. I know God always has a reason for things, Though I often wonder why he chose you that day, you were still young and had so much life to live. We love you Matt and miss you always.

Emory - Ephrata, WA

May 30, 2013

Gone to soon, not forgotton. You are forever in our hearts Matt. A hero to more than he knows. ©2004

Emory - Ephrata, WA

May 30, 2012


I really wish you were around my friend. The water level in Curlew is really high right now, and the concrete piece we were working on for my dock is underwater. Kind of how i feel. I think often of how life would be different if you were still with us. A lot brighter that's for sure. I love and miss you my brother.

Bob Ramsey

May 30, 2011

Though I never knew you in person, I know how much you were admired by your family, especially your mom and brother Emory, who s life changed since your death. He still grieves the fact that you are no longer here, and is a champion for the cause of survivors among law enforcement officials. He takes it all to heart, and you would be so proud of him, as he is of you! As it is the week nationally to recognize fallen law enforcement, please know that you are on his mind, and very much in his heart. May you be safe in the arms of our loving Father...God Bless You.

Kyle Wilbanks
family friend

May 16, 2011

Matt I woke up this morning and you have been on my mind ever since. We miss you greatly and we will never forget you and the sacrifice you made. You died doing what you loved doing, but it still hurts to know you went way too soon.

A hero to more than he knows (c)2004

Emory - Ephrata,WA

May 30, 2010

Matt, I cant express how much you are missed. I saw your name on the wall again, and again I thought WHY? Why was it your time to go? Its tough seeing your name on the wall when you should be wiht your family seeing your girls grow up. we will see each other again, tell dad hi for me, I miss him too. I learned a few things from the two of you.


Emory - brother
Arlington, WA

May 15, 2010

Matt, Another Christmas is here and gone, another Christmas you and your family are not together. You are missed as much today as always.


Emory - brother
Arlington, WA

December 25, 2009

My thoughts & prayers are with you. Rest Easy.

Cindy, Arkansas
Sister of slain Officer Randy Basnett, EOW 9/24/1976

November 27, 2009

Matt, I have thought of you often and want you to know I will never forget you. There are still things I wish could have been different but they are what they are. Seattle just had an officer killed Halloween night for NO REASON and it just made me sick to my stomoach, this one is really hard to handle. Theres alot of emotions and thoughts and questions. We will not let you be forgotton or the others.

Emory, brother
Ephrata, WA

November 7, 2009

The days turn into months, then years as time passes since you were called away. Those that truely love you will always carry you in their hearts and will never let you be forgotten. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones. You are a true hero.

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

November 2, 2009

Thinking of you alot today matt and missing you greatly. We cant thank you enough for your service, dedication and sacrifice you made for your communiyt. 6 years seems alomost like yesterday. We Love you matt and you are still missed, thanks for the memories. Say hi to dad and we miss him too.

Emory - Ephrata, WA

May 30, 2009

Your heroism and service is honored today, the sixth 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 who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered. Rest In Peace.

I can see that you are loved and missed by so many, and that your brother Emory holds you close in his heart. I
hold your family in thought and prayer today.
Phyllis Loya


May 30, 2009

The Ferry County Amateur Radio group has a new repeater and it is called the N7XAY Matthew Lane Repeater. 145.19 Thanks to the family of Matt Lane that we could honor Matt a silent key.

Karl and Mary Heino
Fellow hams

April 30, 2009

Hello Matt, I thought of you often today and cried a few tears. its just been a tough week wiht memorial day last week remebering you, and with dad in heaven wiht you now and today being 5 years since you have been gone. We love you and remember you. You may not know but you left an impact on alot of people. Life sure is short but nothing compares to the eternal life. Than You once again matt. you wont be forgotten.


Emory - brother
Ephrata, WA

May 30, 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

April 28, 2008

Hello Matt, I know its been a while since I last left a note for you here, but i have thought of you often. Dad isnt doing to well now and I hope Jesus has you right there waiting for him if this should be dads time. One day you guys will be reunited!! We love you Matt and always will. We miss you also and one day we will all be back together!


Emory - brother
Ephrata, WA

April 14, 2008

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