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

I can't believe it's been 6 years since you left us. It still doesn't seem possible you're gone. I think of you and your family all the time. Tell Charlie hi.
Keep watch over us and your son so we can remain safe.
Rest in peace brother.

Det/Sgt Wilhtie
Butler County Sheriff / Friend

January 19, 2011

Well it is a boy. His name is Hayden Michael Garrett Kennedy. I hope he is like you and always so caring. I hope to raise him to the best of my ability. I love you Matt!!


April 30, 2010

Well Matt....I'm 4 months pregnant... I wish you could be here when they arrive... We are pretty sure it is a girl so her name will be Holly Renee and if a boy it will be Hayden Michael. I love that name.. Miss you Matt...Thank you for being there for me... I love you so much... Hope you aren't too disappointed for being pregnant at 16...


March 27, 2010

There is a habitation built by the living God..... Rest in peace brother!!!


February 8, 2010

Thank you for your bravery, duty, and ultimate sacrifice. You will FOREVER be a hero and will NEVER be forgotten!

SGT Mark B. Hanna, Retired
Fayetteville, AR PD

January 30, 2010

Five years have passed. You are remembered every day.

Jim Oliver

January 19, 2010

Five looong years and counting. What a mess we are without you. We miss you sooooo much.


January 19, 2010

Matt I miss you so much. Keep watching over us and keep everyone save. I love you!!!! RIP and cant wait to see you again one day!!


November 3, 2009

I just moved here about a year ago. Many good things are still said about you, you are not forgotten around here. Sorry I didn't get the chance to meet you.


October 13, 2009

Matt, Heath got married. Wish you could have been there. Sharlee in a know she loves her brother if she's willing to do that! Marci is a sweet girl, you would really like her.
We miss you......................


August 13, 2009

Forgive me for missing the anniversary of your E.O.W., but I felt as though I could not continue to read about so many tragedies. I now realize the visit each day to leave a word of encouragement and hope to the loved ones of others, helps me to remember that I am not alone with my pain and heartbreak. So may I say to your friends and loved ones that my thoughts and prayers are with them now and always. Continue to keep watch over them and those still out on patrol and may they know you will never be forgotten.

James Sheppard
Father of Sgt. Jason L. Sheppard EOW 12/7/06

February 20, 2009

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones on this day. Continue to keep watch over them. I know their love for you burns forever in their hearts and that fire will never go out for as long as they walk this earth. You have not been forgotten.

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

January 19, 2009

Merry Christmas Matt

I know you are looking down at Tammy, Sharlee and Heath so proud of their accomplishments and their determination.


December 25, 2008

Thinking of you and all of your loved ones during the holidays. It doesn't have to be a holiday for us to miss our loved ones for we miss them every day. Continue to keep watch over all of your loved ones and protect them from harm. I have decorated the outside of my home in all blue lights in honor of fallen officers, one of those lights burns brightly in your honor. You have not been forgotten.

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

December 20, 2008

You will never be forgotten


December 17, 2008

May you always be remembered as the HERO that you are! May your family be proud of who you were and for the job you stood and died for!

Shelly Ragsdale
surviving spouse of Officer Alan Ragsdale, EOW 11-27-00

November 20, 2008

Sheriff Samuels your work on this Earth as we know it is done. You are in God's Hands now brother. May you rest in peace.

SGT. Daryl Brewer
Clarksville Police Dept. Clarksville, Tennessee

May 17, 2008

I miss you so much Matt. Last night was the candle light vigil and I saw your name. I cried and cried. I miss you and love you so much! Thanks for always being there for me!!

CLOSE friend

May 9, 2008

You would be SO proud of what's going to happen soon. Watch over us. Keep us safe.

A friend...

April 24, 2008

Much respect and still remembering.

Former Task Force Member

April 14, 2008

My son was born this morning at 8:15. He weighed in at 9lbs, 8oz was 18.5 inches long.

We named him Marshall Haden. I'm sorry he didn't get to know you here on earth but he will come to know and understand that he bears a proud name. And he will learn of you, the manner in which you treated people, and your goodness.

You'll meet him someday............

Jim Oliver
Friend, Former GW County Deputy

February 19, 2008

Its not that good but I still wrote it for you and I love you!!

You left this earth a hero,
because of how you lived,
I'm growing up to be like you,
and always help a friend,
you taught me how to care,
and God used you to help answer my prayers,
when he gave me you,
my fears left to,
they dissapeared, yes all my fears,
and you dried my tears,
you held me tight,
said it would be alright,
you were my dad,
because mine wasn't around,
now im all alone,
missing you so,
wishing you were here,
holding me close,
and I love you more,
than you will ever know,
Just want to her you say again,
Greenwood One 10-8


February 11, 2008

Judge imposes jury recommendation of death for Cheever

The Associated Press
EUREKA, Kan. — The man who shot and killed a southeast Kansas sheriff has been sentenced to death.

A shackled Scott Cheever listened Wednesday as District Judge Mike Ward imposed the sentence of death that a jury set Nov. 1 after just two hours of deliberations. By law, a jury must agree that the death penalty should be imposed, but a judge must approve it.

Ward denied requests by Cheever's lawyers to reconsider life without parole.

Cheever was convicted of capital murder for killing Greenwood County Sheriff Matt Samuels on Jan. 19, 2005. Samuels was gunned down in a rural farmhouse while serving arrest warrants on Cheever for allegedly stealing firearms from his stepfather and not reporting to his parole officer.

Cheever had been making methamphetamine in a house in the remote Hilltop area of Greenwood County.


Information from The Wichita Eagle:

I miss you Matt.

January 24, 2008

Today starts again another chapter...the sentencing. Please continue to watch over all of us public servants and keep your hand on our shoulder for that fatherly guidance you were so well know for.


January 23, 2008

May you and your loved ones be ever blessed.

January 19, 2008

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