Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Joseph John Matuskovic

Charleston County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Monday, September 8, 2014

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Joseph John Matuskovic

Thank you for your courage and service to the citizens of Charleston. RIP, sir.

PSO CW Edwards
North Augusta (SC) Dept. of Public Safety

September 9, 2014

RIP Joseph, prayers for his family, friends & co-workers. Rest easy with Officer Gary Pagano whose EOW was 9/14/82.

Dawn Pagano

September 9, 2014

Allow me to express my most sincere, heartfelt, condolences for our loss.
I will keep him in my prayers and be mindful of him.

Reserve Deputy, Ballout Amin
LASD - Malibu Lost Hills Station

September 9, 2014


James P. Waggle

September 9, 2014

RIP my fellow Brother in Blue. My prayers go with His Family, Friends, and Co-Workers. Rest easy now Sir, we have the watch from here.

Retired Detective Don Vine #5896
Phoenix Police Department

September 9, 2014

I haven't seen you since we graduated high school, and as it turns out we took the same path in life. I am saddened beyond words to hear of this and my prayers go out to you and your family.

OFC. Brian Diana
Bethel, CT Police Dept.

September 9, 2014

My sincerest sympathy to the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic as well as to the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. Rest in peace Deputy Matuskovic, you are gone but will not be forgotten...

My sympathy as well to the Britton family and the Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

September 9, 2014


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic:

From the beginning of time after Cain killed his brother, Abel, there has been a need for law enforcement officers to protect the weak and to bring evildoers to justice. This work is necessary in a sinful world and is dangerous. In modern times, some three hundred and forty-five law enforcement officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the State of South Carolina. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic, of the Charleston County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office; who was shot and killed in the line-of-duty on Monday, September 8, 2014, as he and several other deputies responded to a disturbance call at an apartment complex situated at the intersection of Ashley River Road and Carriage Lane in Charleston County, South Carolina.

Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic and honor his sacrifice. Be with the family, friends, and colleagues of this fallen hero. Comfort them and give them your strength. Guide those who seek to take care of the family of this hero. May those empowered to do so, care for them with integrity. In commemorating the death of this hero, help those who mourn to remember that death is not the end. Death does not have the final say, but is simply the transition to the glorious life to come. They should look forward to that life to come with joy and thanksgiving.

As for the citizens of Charleston County, South Carolina, help them to faithfully equip their law enforcement officers with the best tools to protect their county. May their training be adequate to the task. Help the citizens of Charleston County, South Carolina, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Charleston County, South Carolina, to obey the law and treat each other with dignity so as not to add to the burden of crime and pain to their county.

The time for mourning will soon pass. We have now remembered and celebrated the life lost in this great tragedy. As the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Joseph Matuskovic go forward, they must celebrate the good things in their lives; and to celebrate life itself!

Finally, Lord God, we pray for the families, friends, and colleagues of all the law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line-of-duty and we thank you for their sacrifices. Bless the lives of their families, friends, and colleagues so they might find healing. Help their law enforcement organizations support the families of these fallen heroes. Even though their deaths might have been senseless, make something good come out of these situations so that their law enforcement organizations and the communities in which they lived and served might be stronger because of their lives and their deaths. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Now, may the Lord bless you, and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you: the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.

In His Service,

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department
The Peacemakers Prayer Ministry

Chaplain Steven R. Closs
Retired Captain of Police, Nashua NH Police Department

September 9, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother, we'll take it from here. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Matuskovich.

Sergeant Chris Dador
Lake County Sheriff's Office, Illinois

September 9, 2014

Al, my deepest sympathy to the family and you and your staff.

Chief Alan Goldberg
Takoma Park Police Department

September 9, 2014

RIP Deputy. Your service to your community is greatly appreciated. Prayers to your family, friends, and co-workers.

FTO M. Sisler
MPPD Retired

September 9, 2014

Joe was a good man and a kind soul. It was a privilege to know him and to have worked with him. He will be missed.

Officer Thomas Rivers (1997-2009)
Charleston Police Department

September 9, 2014

God bless you all,in my thoughts and prayers

sgt er hudson
Richmond County Sheriff's Office

September 9, 2014

Missing the fun times on 89s and on midnight call outs. May you rest in peace brother. You will forever be missed.

Momolu Cooper (former CPD Detective)
City of Charleston PD

September 9, 2014

No words can take away the loss for the family. Our thoughts and prayer are with you all.

Lt. Joe M. Levy (Retired)
Myrtle Beach Police Department, SC

September 9, 2014

May the family's fond memories help them through this difficult time.

Terry L. Vice
Patrol Officer (1979-1984)
Greeley PD

September 9, 2014

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. My condolences to your family, friends and coworkers of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office. May you rest in peace.

Ptlm. William F. Shields
Federal Reserve Police/Philadelphia - Retired/Haverford Police

September 9, 2014

Another tragedy in just a few days. May the memory of Deputy Matuskovic and his sacrifice never be forgotten by the citizens of Charleston County.

Stan Jefferson

September 9, 2014

Our prayers to all involved in this horrible occurrence. We pray that GOD will support you through this time of loss. All of your service to your communities is appreciated deeply we are sure.

Retired Sgt. Charles Carty
Benton Police Department Arkansas

September 9, 2014



September 9, 2014

Deputy Matuskovic, rest in peace. You made the ultimate sacrifice to keep others safe.

MPSO Spencer Crawford
College of Charleston Public Safety

September 9, 2014

I am short of words to express how deeply sorry I am for the loss of Deputy Sheriff Joe Matuskovic . Sending his Family, LE Family, Community & Friends much needed prayers, love and peace with this message.

SCO Michelle Handshoe, Supervisor
SCMPD-E911 Communications Center, Savannah, GA

September 9, 2014

My thoughts ad prayers for the Deputy Matuskovics' family, CCSO and friends. Thank you for your dedicated service! I want to thank EMT Britton and offer a prayer for him and his CCVRS family, your work and dedication is appreciated

Shane Gatewood, Patrol Agent
United States Border Patrol

September 9, 2014

Another sad day for Law Enforcement Officers everywhere. Rest in Peace Brother.

Chuck Ingram, Retired Patrol & Detective
Barberton, Ohio P.D.

September 9, 2014

Rest with God. Your ultimate sacrifice and years of dedicated duty will never be forgotten. Prayers for your family and for the family of EMT Britton who suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

Retired Police Officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

September 9, 2014

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