Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Sheriff Matthew Haden Samuels

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, Kansas

End of Watch Wednesday, January 19, 2005

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Reflections for Sheriff Matthew Haden Samuels

she's trying really hard matt.. watch over her and the kids.. heres a little bit of the piece they had in the paper...

Taking down meth labs is about as miserable and dangerous as work can be, Smith said. The addicts steal anhydrous ammonia, poison their own children with toxic fumes and become paranoid, prone to collect firearms, prone to fight.

Tammy says she tries to be an optimist.

About the new law, she'll say what she thinks, hope for stronger laws, and hope that people try to appreciate more the people who put on uniforms.

But after she picks up the award tonight, she will go home, and go back to guarding prisoners at El Dorado.

It's not her only job now.

She works part time at the horse track in Eureka, cooking hamburgers, smoking meats, selling concessions with her sister. It brings home a few more dollars.

She says she endures some tough days.

Matt had said he'd be dead by 56. But the last time he said that, she figured up the years; he was only 42.

She'd counted on having him another 14 years.

May 23, 2005

matt- not only were you a sheriff but you were a friend to us! I don't know what i would do without you in my life. Matt I had fun time when you coahed softball and I was on your team. Hey Matt where is my snickers candy bar? just wanted to ask you again..Matt use to ask me that almost everytime that i saw him. Matt i will never forget you. You are a part of me and always will be. I love you and miss you! You help teach me about life as a teenager and what i would be expecting in life. No matter where i do with my life i will always remember you. Thanks for everything!!!
Miss you alot!!

Andrea French
Friend of Matt!! live in eureka

May 12, 2005

there making a bust of you to put up near the courthouse, what a tribute befitting a hero. now you will never ever be forgotten..

An Officer's Wife

April 30, 2005

I had the privilege of meeting Matt's wife and sister at the KNOA conference recently, and I was amazed at their ability to deal with Matt's loss. Sometimes I think that I just could not go on if something like this happened to a member of my family. But I know that isn't true. It's times like these, when those of us who are left, have to press on and fight the good fight. Rest in peace Matt. Keep an eye on us, and we will see you again.

Detective Jason Gill
Sedgwick County Sheriff Narcotics

April 15, 2005

By reading these reflections it is easy to understand that Sheriff Samuels was a well respected officer and human being. This is the kind of deputy and person that I strive to be.

May his family and friends find comfort in knowing that he will be forever memorialized for his deeds.

Rest in Peace, Sheriff.

Deputy Sheriff

April 12, 2005

My deepest condolences to the family and friends of Sheriff Samuels. I never got to meet him, but it is said that you can measure the character of a man by the thoughts of those they left behind, if this is the case, I would say that we lost an american hero. Bless and keep us, and guide us in our duties hero, we'll take it from here.

SSGT Gerald Brown
kansas dept of corrections

April 7, 2005

You will always be remembered! Thank-you for the support you gave my husband and I through our irresponsibale period. You helped us see the light before it was to late and I'll always be gratefull to you and God, for sending a sheriff like you. All my love and prayers to your family.


April 5, 2005

Matt is and always will be Greenwood County's Gardian Angel! We will miss him greatly!!


March 27, 2005


March 27, 2005

Godspeed Sheriff Samuels. Your work here is appreciated and will not be forgotten.

SPD retired

March 23, 2005

Matt I really miss you from the bottom of my heart. Please tell Grandpa Samuels hi and I love him for me. I'll never forget how you teased me about KSU and how I teased you about KU. Although I still liked KU, just a little. I'll never forget the times we spent together. I hope God knows what angle he has up there. I LOVE YOU. XOXO

Mtt's nice, Sky Linsey

March 20, 2005

Matt you are an awesome brother. I want you to tell daddy hi for me. You guys can catch all the big ones now. I will be here for Sharlee and Heath.(Tammy too) I hope God knows what he has up there now. The two best men in the world. I LOVE YOU!

To all the people and officers who have wrote to Matt, I thank you for all your great messages. He was a great person and brother. (spoiled) If you know him you know what I mean.

Matts sister Wendy

March 17, 2005

Matt you are a very good friend of my dad's. I want to thank you for everything you have done for me and everyone else. Your such a great guy and thanks again for everything. We love you and miss you.

Austin Evenson

March 13, 2005

The world has lost a "Very special person" The heavens have gained a "Bright shinning star"..........
Matthew, I will miss you not only as a cousin, but as a co-worker. You were always there to lend a helping hand to our EMS Crews and I was always glad to look up and see the twinkle in your eyes and smile on your face. I love and miss you, so very much.
God Speed....Tami J.

Tami Jackson RT/MICT
Greenwood County E.M.S.

March 7, 2005

Our police explorer post dedicates each meeting to a fallen officer who who died in service. For our class of search and arrest we are dedicating our meeting to you sheriff samuels. Great job and rest in peace. God Bless your family

Stephen and Anthony Binz
Holly Hill Police Explorers

March 5, 2005

My heart goes out to our fallen brother and his family.I never met Sheriff Samuels but I wish I had. May God protect and care for you and your family and your department. Our paryers are with you.Till we meet for heavens Roll Call. Take care my brother

Police Officer
Kansas LEO

March 4, 2005

Matt, not a day goes by that i don't think of you and our friendship. I miss you and the jokes you played on me. I never had the opportunity to tell you how much i respected you and your abilities. It goes without saying that you will be missed by all but will never be forgotten. Tammy, Heath and Charlee you will always be part of our Sheriff's Family.
Take care and rest my friend.

Sheriff Randy Rogers, President Kansas S
Coffey County Sheriff's Office

March 3, 2005

God bless you.

March 1, 2005

i am sergeant howie stevensons neice and i just am writing to the police officers who gave their life to protect as my uncle did. you are greatly appreciated and i am praying for your family as well. god bless

sovauhna ferguson

February 22, 2005

God bless you my brother. We have never met be we are of the same blood. Your family is in my prayers. Watch over me and your fellow brothers with a keen eye and a hand on your gun. Have patience, we will be in heaven with you and shortly. We will stand shoulder to shoulder and patrol the streets of heaven together.

Deputy Sheriff Luke Rehwoldt
Osceola County Sheriff's Office , Florida

February 16, 2005

Fifteen years ago, you sat down a teenage girl suffering fom the loss of her mother. She had been causing trouble and running with the wrong crowd. You took the time to hug her and to encourage her to be better. Now, as as adult I have moved away and regret that during your life, I never let you know how much that meant to me, or the fact that it worked. Matt, I will tell my children of the hero you are!

Former Greenwood County Resident

February 15, 2005

If you are able, save for them a place inside of you and save one backward glance when you are leaving for the places they can no longer go, Be not ashamed to say you loved them, though you may or may not have always, Take what they have left and what they have taught you with their dying and keep it with your own, And in time when men decide and feel safe to call the streets insane, take one moment to embrace those gentle heroes you left behind. You will not be forgotten..We will see you in Elysium...

OFC Jason Crociata
Police Officer in Illinois

February 13, 2005

Thank you so very much for what you have given to each and everyone of us in Greenwood County. You were the most awesome man I have ever met. I learned from the best! You were the most patient person I have ever met. I had the pleasure of learning firearms with you...boy what a task you had to pull off! You always said that you could teach anyone to shoot with a little proved just that with me! God Bless you for the patience and time! By the way... I still have that one bullet! I will never admire anyone as much as I admire you! You were always there and never closed the door. All we had to do was give you a call and you were there anyday at any time. You were always a friend, but when you meant business...there was no doubt. I never heard you raise your voice at anytime I have known you. But man could you fool a person as to whether you were teasing or serious! I will never forget the time you and I and Tammy were out at the range shooting to qualify.....I will always wonder if you giggled at me behind my back like you did Tammy when she was learning to shoot that revolver. You created a really great department, one that can't be beat! You have left a legacy in all of us, and working with the guys, I can always see a little bit of you. You have left a mark on all mankind! Even the criminals loved you. I can only hope to be half the LEO you were, and gain half the respect you left this world with. I swear I am related to your twin.....and what he didn't already gave him. Thank you Matt for all that you have done for are one awesome man....and the hearts are empty because we lost you. But full because of what you have taught us not only by words but by your actions as well. You will be with us always!!! Thank you again Matt for all that you gave and all that you did. You have touched so many and done so much.

Greenwood County SHeriff;s Office

February 13, 2005

On behalf of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center (KLETC), we express our heartfelt condolences and sympathies to Tammy, Heath, Sharlee and members of Sheriff Matt Samuels’ family; to Matt’s many friends and law enforcement colleagues, and to the citizens of Greenwood County.

Sheriff Matt Samuels was a 1988 graduate of KLETC’s 101st law enforcement basic training program and the KLETC New Sheriffs’ Orientation School in 2000. It is with everlasting friendship and a deeply saddened heart that we will always remember Matt as one of our own who gave the supreme sacrifice, laying down his life in the line of duty.

In the next few weeks, we will dedicate a fallen officer plaque in Sheriff Matt Samuels honor and memory on the Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center Wall of Honor. May the memory of Sheriff Matt Samuels never be forgotten.

With respect,

Ed H. Pavey, Director
and the staff of
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

Ed H. Pavey, Director
Kansas Law Enforcement Training Center

February 11, 2005

My heart and prayers go out to the family and friends of Sheriff Samuels. I recently spoke with another Sheriff (personal friend)in Kansas; who advised me of the incident. I'm very saddened of this, but also confident that Sheriff Samuels always carried out his duties as a law enforcement officer.

Deputy Sheriff Patrick Henry
Erie County Sheriff's Office; Sandusky, Ohio

February 11, 2005

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