Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Corporal Matthew Lloyd Edwards

Taylor Police Department, Michigan

End of Watch Friday, July 23, 2010

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Reflections for Corporal Matthew Lloyd Edwards

John 5:28, 29 - "Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out". I pray that everyone can find peace in knowing that we will see this officer as well as many others again in Paradise soon. Until then, please accept my condolences.

A.W. Montgomery
Concerned Citizen

October 2, 2018

I had to look your story up after I saw the beautiful loving display of tributes left at the National law Enforcement Memorial wall in DC this past weekend for you. Your bravery and dedicated service will never be forgotten.

Mother G. Birkholz
Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011

May 16, 2018

I fight not for glory or fame, for they are momentary. I fight for those who can't. I fight for Justice. I fight for the oppressed and the down trodden. And if I should lose my life for these just causes, then I have no regrets, For I serve to protect the innocent. It matters not where or when, for evil knows no boundaries. Be it fire, flood, or the threat of tyranny, I will not flee. Justice is my weapon. Faith is my shield. Hope is my armor. Cry not at my passing, for it was my Honor to fight for you. Shed not tears of sorrow, But tears of joy, for now, I stand with God. John f Hooper

Deputy W Nelson

January 6, 2015

10 - 42 Thoughts and Prayers to Cpl. Edwards Family and Department . God Bless

Thin Blue Line of Michigan

September 9, 2014

Thinking if you today as everyday CPL Edwards. RIP

Patrolman John Sheets
Taylor Auxiliary Police Department

July 23, 2014

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to serve others.
You were asked to see, what no man should ever have to see.
To go through, what no man should ever have to go through.
But you did so with pride, honor, and integrity.

My faithful servant.
You were called upon to defend those, who could not defend themselves.
To provide justice to those, who did not respect it.
To lay down your life, if the time called for it.
Again, you did not question what was asked of you.
You did it with love, compassion, and loyalty.

My faithful servant.
In times of adversity, you prayed for strength.
In times of triumph, you praised your Lord.
You served your Country, State, and city proud.
Your service will forever be remembered by the many lives you’ve touched.

My faithful servant.
When your service on this earth is finally complete.
I will welcome you home with open arms.
I will embrace you and proclaim,
“Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

I wrote this when I lost a good friend (Police officer) to a horrible disease (cancer). I think it applies to all law enforcement officers (that’s who I had in mind as I wrote), but it resonates most when we lose one in the line of duty…RIP my brother.


August 1, 2013

Matt was a great friend who loved his family. I had a great time working with as a camp counselor. Watching him and his wife working with some kids that didn't see love from their own family, Matt and Shanon treated them as if they were his own. Matt I'll see you soon some day brother.

Tim Spangler Corrections officer

July 23, 2013

Rest in Peace brother, your dedication and service are remembered today.

Sergeant Barton
Garden City

June 27, 2013

The man who shot you was sentenced today. I pray there is now some type of closure for your Family & Friends, even though it's still so hard because they miss you so much.

I pray daily that God will continue to give strength & peace to everyone during these difficult times.


November 28, 2011



November 28, 2011

This past Saturday morning, the rain stopped in time, the birds were singing, and, just like the ones that were buzzing around us during your Funeral, a Dragonfly was seen flying amongst those in attendance for your Memorial Service. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I am thankful to have been able to be there to honor your memory. Watch over us we move forward with you, and your family in our hearts.

God Bless Matt......


July 28, 2011

This past Saturday morning, the rain stopped in time, the birds were singing, and, just like the ones that were buzzing around us during your Funeral, a Dragonfly was seen flying amongst those in attendance for your Memorial Service. It was a beautiful ceremony, and I am thankful to have been able to be there to honor your memory. Watch over us we move forward with you, and your family in our hearts.

God Bless Matt......


July 28, 2011

Cpl. Edwards,
Sir, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Taylor. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.



March 8, 2011

My deepest sympathies are with the Taylor Police Department and the family of Cpl. Edwards. May he rest in peace.

Auxiliary Sergeant TJ Cieciura
Ontario Provincial Police

September 10, 2010

Cpl Edwards, I will never forget the seeing the press conference that day...It was so sad and I could hear the utter pain in the speaking officers voice. You will truly be missed. So many dont get it, they treat cops like crap yet every day, officers around the world go out and put their lives on the line for the same people who trash talk them. I have wanted to be a LEO since I was, gosh 7 or 8 and I am just now realizing my dream as I get ready to graduate with my criminal justice degree and begin work for a police department...Does your story scare me...? Yes, it certainly does! One never knows which call could be there last. As a "civillian" who did a few "ride a longs" with the TPD (and several other depts), I remember a few scary situations that I encountered out there but that never changed how I felt...I want to be out there, I know that when I do go to work, I will run the risk like you did of walking out the door, kissing my kids goodbye and have that be the last time I kiss my kids...scary thought but, that is what you did, that is what 1000's of officers do every day, kiss their kids not knowing if that will be the last time...and for you it was. But, even knowing that, I still want to pursue my dream of being a LEO and I will and I hope your light and the light of all the fallen officers before you guide all of the "brothers in blue" both present....and future,.... Your wife and your children have my deepest sympathy and condolences Cpl Edwards, I met you a couple of times in passing when I did my rides with the TPD and although I did not "know" you, you seemed like a very nice guy! May you rest in peace forever!!!


September 3, 2010

When the bad guys kill a cop, this is the way that they say to the citizens, "I own you. You don't call 911. I kill your cops, I kill your 911 calls. I run the streets. You people, and your cops are not running this show. I am." Every citizen should be outraged and enraged when a cop is killed. When a citizen calls 911, they know, even if they never speak a word into the phone, that a police officer is coming to find out what is going on. When these murderers kill the cop that you called, they are telling you that you are powereless, that you should be SCARED and that there is nothing you can do. A cop killer is the guy who is telling you that you need to be afraid. They are not afraid of the police. Edwards had to respect this man's rights, he could not pat him down right off the bat til he felt that the man was more of a focus, more of a danger. This dude used his civil rights to take the opportunity to pull that gun out and shoot Edwards in the head. No warning, no calling out. Coward! He knew he was gOing back to jail for even being in possession of that gun, as a parolee. Edwards stood in his way. People, when you call 911, a man or a woman cop is coming to see what is the trouble. They don't know you, but that cop will die for you. Think about it! Appreciate, people. The American police officer does not know who the enemy is when they come into a situation. The bad guys don't wear labels on their shirts, "I'm a criminal that needs locking up" but the cops wear a label on their shirt, and they wear their oath, their shield, over their heart. It aint about white or black, folks, when you call 911 do you care what color shows up to help you?


August 25, 2010

I still can't beleive this has happened. You always were there to back me. I tried to do the same. I will miss all the sarcastic comments, you made it fun bro! I know I will always have a petner watching over me.


August 21, 2010

As a lifelong City Of Taylor resident our family was saddened by the Passing of Cpl.Matthew Edwards.We pray for all of the Edawrds Family,the Taylor Police Department and all First Responders across our Great Country.It is because of a Hero's Giving His Life that we have the freedoms we enjoy in in the United States Of America.

Rest in Peace Officer Edwards!We will all meet again in the Glory Of Our Lord God and Saviour.

The Mullins Family

Martin D. Mullins
Taylor Resident

August 12, 2010

My deepest sympathy to the family, friends, and co-worker's of this Fallen Officer. Thank you for your service and protection. You are a true HERO. May you REST IN PEACE SIR.

Diane Waynant Murray
Sister of Fallen Officer Inspector Brian Waynant EOW 3/1/10

August 8, 2010

To Shannon,wife and children, family, friends, and servants of public officials;Our deepest condolence goes out to each and every one of you. I met Matt on a couple occasions thru my sons job where he and his friend Hadi got to know Edwards, and many of Taylors finest.All I ever heard was good about this man. We cried and prayed and will continue to pray for all of you on this senseless tragedy. R.I.P Matt you will be sorely missed!

Jacqui- mom of Kevin friend of Matts

August 8, 2010

To the Family of Cpl. M. Edwards:

My deepest & sincere condolences to you in the loss of you loved one. My prayers go out to his wife and children, his parents, and extended family. I knew Matt when he was about 11 years old and his parents, aunt & church participated in a Baptist Bowling league with our church. He will be greatly missed by all that his life touched.

Rest in Peace, my fallen brother.

Officer Terry Cooper
Henry Ford Hospital Police Authority

August 6, 2010

We watched the television patiently waiting and desperately wanting to hear that you were ok. When the news came, there were no words to describe the pain we all felt. Although we didnt know you personally, I see all of my officers faces in yours, and I pray that god watches over each and EVERY one of them. And I pray that Cpl Edwards will help light the path of the officers in Taylor that wont be able to see clearly for some time.
No words will help ease the pain of this tradegy, I will continue to pray that god will help all those who loved this great man through this.

Dearborn-Heights Police

August 3, 2010

From USICE, God Bless You. RIP Brother

Agent Lucas Wandyg
Immigration And Customs Enforcement

August 2, 2010

Matt RIP and God Bless your family.

Retired Officer
Flint Police

August 1, 2010

To the family of Corporal Mattthew Edwards:

I am so so saddened by the death of this wonderful man, I understand the intense pain of this tragedy. I live it. I pray my dear brother Jason Makowski, who was also 31 when he was killed protecting the neighboring city of Dearborn Heights ,met you in Heaven. God , I pray for the family and pray the support continues always.. Thank you Matt Edwards for laying your life down and for being a respected and loved Police officer.
Tara Makowski-Wester
sister of Jason Makowski #7 Dearborn Heights,Mi

Tara Makowski
sister of slain officer Jason Anthony Makowski

August 1, 2010

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