Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Trooper Matthew DeWayne Myrick

Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, Texas

End of Watch Friday, January 20, 2006

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Reflections for Trooper Matthew DeWayne Myrick

Rest in peace Trooper Myrick.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 31, 2020

Hard to believe it's been 14 years since I've seen my friend. I drive by the accident scene every day. Mostly, I'm not sad because I know this is where you entered into Heaven and heard the words, "well done, thy good and faithful servant." You were such a kind Christian man, asking if I had any prayer concerns and stopping to talk for a few minutes. Your testimony still sounds out, even long after you've been gone. Thank you for being who God called you to be and doing the job you loved. A selfless servant to others. I look forward to seeing you again. May God continue to watch over and bless your family, here on Earth.

Chief Brent Harrison
Hereford Police Department

January 20, 2020

Ten years ago today. Matt I will always remember you and this day. Wish we could see each other at in service next week and talk about the academy and our families. Prayers for your family today and always. Rest easy brother!

Trooper Ricky Hunter
TxDPS Class C-2003

January 20, 2016

Your heroism and service is honored today, the 6th anniversary year 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 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. I pray for the solace of all those who love and remember you.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya
Mom of fallen California Officer Larry Lasater, Pittsburg PD, eow 4/24/05

January 20, 2012

I was tasked with completing Matt's background investigation. It was the last one I ever did before promoting. He was and remains the most outstanding applicant that I ever investigated. Matt, even as an applicant, inspired me. His vision for the Department remains with me even to this day.

Sergeant Keith Smith
Texas Highway Patrol

May 27, 2011

You will not be forgotten, Brother.

NLC, Special Agent

March 18, 2011

Your legacy lives on. I constantly work to walk closer with the Lord because of your example.
I miss you.

amanda (mandy)

January 21, 2011


Just got back from a two week training and saw a few of the C03 class members. We laughed and talked about the academy and good times we had back then. We miss you bud and have not forgotten the sacrifice you and your family gave to the State of Texas. Thanks for keeping watch over us brother.

Texas DPS

January 23, 2010

Well brother, another year has passed. I think about you almost everyday, I miss you and your wisdom. GOD's Speed!

Trooper William Brown
Texas Department of Public Safety

January 20, 2010

Everyone's in bed and I am left alone with my thoughts.
I guess my heart will never stop aching completely.
I am so grateful for the years we shared together....the laughter, the honesty, the accountability, the wrestling, the heated discussions, the growing and learning together, our beautiful babies....discovering God's desires for our journey together. Matthew means "gift of God" that is what you will always be to special gift from God...even if ever for so brief a time...i will forever treasure all we shared here on earth....

Christy Myrick Mattingly
Surviving Spouse of Matt

January 19, 2010

I miss you buddy. Can't wait to see you again.

Chris Mammen

December 8, 2009

you will alway,s be in the mind's that count most of all you will alway's be you.....that is why we see the day that and look too the next day,,,,, i know you are there,,
we know ur there as we say in texas,,,, as you would say in a big texas sky as the red white and blue sky's in texas you know my watch is with you....all.......god's speed....thank you for all 4 you all that you as a brother from a nother mother,but ur heart was bigger than texas,that is why thay made you to be you....

willaim todd sturts
the right thing 2 say,a good man

May 23, 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 19, 2009

To Trooper Myrick's Loved Ones,
Our thoughts are often with you, but more so during this month. Three years ago in January both of our families were forced to face the tragedies that took the Earthly lives of two very special men. We know God gives you the same comfort and strength he grants us as we go through each day missing BJ. And, He gives all of us the promise that we will see our Texas heroes again. Our prayers are with you.
The Family of Trooper BJ Zachary
Texas DPS, EOW 1-1-2006

The Family of Trooper BJ Zachary

January 21, 2009

Matt, we miss you brother. You and your family are still in the prayers of all those that knew you.

Trooper II Damon Allen
Texas Highway Patrol

January 21, 2009

I come to this site often and what is more of a burden to me than
the officers down is the messages I read that assume that becuz a
person is a police officer or a good person, he has earned himself a
place in Heaven. The Bible never teaches this. What it does teach is
that Jesus Christ paid the penalty for our sin by His shed blood and it
is only thru our faith in Him that we are guaranteed a place in Heaven.
So, to be with God and our Savior Jesus Christ in Heaven, one only
needs to make a reservation. Prayer of salvation: if you do not have
Jesus in your life pray this prayer and believe...."whosoever shall call
upon the name of the Lord shall be saved"(Romans 10:13)

Dear God,I know that Jesus was Your son,and He died on the cross and
was raised from the dead. I know I have sinned and need forgiveness. I
am willing to turn away from my sins and receive Jesus as my Savior
and Lord. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
No one knows when they will die so it's a good idea to have this
assurance policy in the event of an untimely death like Matt Myrick.
My heart grieves for his tremendous sacrifice, for his wife and kids,
for his family and for his law enforcement family. There are no words to
express my deep sorrow, but I know the God of the universe sees all
and knows all and can comfort you in your time of need if you will just
turn towards Him. God bless each and every one of you who grieves
and aches and doesn't know what to do with the pain. Our hearts go out
to all of you. Matt, I look forward to meeting you one day when we will
be together with the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings. Well done.
And I know when you died, Jesus wept.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, Washington


January 20, 2009

I sit here reflecting on the few years that have passed, the heart aches, the new friendships that have been made through the loss of our loved ones and I can't help but be sadden over the hard times we have had to endure. But I also can't help to think about the awesome God we serve. We don't know why our husbands were taken and what purpose that was suppose to serve but we can only remember that God has a divine purpose and plan for our lives. I am very thankful for your friendship Christy of the years as we together have learned to trust and obey God because there is just know other way to live. Thank you for being an example for me Christy and Matt thank you for allowing Christy to be the mother and wife she needed to be for you and the children for you have made her strong and prepared her to live this life with out you and to trust in God to survive! Remembering and thinking about ya'll always!
Christy Carty-Mauk Wife to
Trooper Jimmy Carty Jr. EOW 5-26-05

Christy Carty-Mauk

November 11, 2008

Matt, we will never forget you or your family. God Bless you and your family.

Garrett Huling

November 5, 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

March 3, 2008

It has been a year since we lost you,you are missed. My prayers go to your family on this anniversary.You were a great troop and man. God be with you! See you on the other side!

Senior Trooper Tom Lord
Texas DPS

January 22, 2008

To Trooper Myrick's Family and Friends,
Especially today, our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God continue to comfort you and give you strength.
The Family of Trooper B.J. Zachary
EOW 1-1-2006

January 20, 2008


It's been 2 years today and I still think about you and your family often. God Bless You...Miss You

Ricky Hunter, Trooper

January 20, 2008

By the time I finish my shift tonight, it will have been two years since we lost you. I did not know you personally but your death has had a profound effect on many including me. We will always keep your memory alive and your family in our thoughts and prayers.

Trooper II
Texas Highway Patrol

January 19, 2008



January 12, 2008

I was honored to be able to spend time with you Christy and your beautiful children Matilyn and Tate at the 2007 COPS Kids Camp. I hope you felt all the love we have for you and the survivors of Matt. I hope the week was helpful to you and those two little angels and I can't wait to see them again in the future. God bless you and your entire family.

Todd Thomas and Stephanie Thomas
Green Bay PD/ COPS Kids Camp 07

August 5, 2007

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