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

Rest easy brother we have it from here.

Police Officer Andrew Rogers
Gaston County Police Department

September 11, 2014


The soldier stood and faced God,
Which must always come to pass.
He hoped his shoes were shining,
Just as brightly as his brass.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To my Church have you been true?"

The soldier squared his soldiers and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't.
Because those of us who carry guns,
Can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
And at times my talk was tough.
And sometimes I've been violent,
Because the world is awfully rough.

But, I never took a penny,
That wasn't mine to keep...
Though I worked a lot of overtime,
When the bills just got too steep.

And I never passed a cry for help,
Though at times I shook with fear.
And sometimes, God, forgive me,
I've wept unmanly tears.

I know I don't deserve a place,
Among the people here.
They never wanted me around,
Except to calm their fears.

If you've a place for me here, Lord,
It needn't be so grand.
I never expected or had too much,
But if you don't, I'll understand."

There was a silence all around the throne,
Where the saints had often trod.
As the soldier waited quietly,
For the judgment of his God.

"Step forward now, you soldier,
You've borne your burdens well.
Walk peacefully on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in Hell."

Author: Sgt Joshua Helterbran


September 11, 2014

Rest in eternal peace, Deputy Sheriff Matuskovic, for we have the watch now. Your family and your brothers and sisters in uniform, our brothers and sisters, too, are in our thoughts and prayers. May they find comfort in remembrances of your dedication and service.

Deputy Warden Patricia Powers
Philadelphia Prison System

September 11, 2014

RIP brother thanks for your service!

Police Officer Matt Wulker
Goshen Township Police Department, OH

September 11, 2014

RIP brother, thank you for your service! Always remembered and honored.

Police Officer Matt Wulker
Goshen Township Police Department, OH

September 11, 2014

Monday everyone lost something. Some lost a father, a son, a fiance, a friend, a mentor...but everyone lost a tremendous cop and human being. When he had his stripes taken from him and left CPD he did not give up, he did not let it tear him down..he moved forward and persevered. He did what he had to do to move forward and take care of his family. That's the definition of a real man. He's a leader who lead from the front. ..not from his phone or the comfort of his crown vic. He showed up to the dangerous calls, usually first, unlike many others whom seemed to be going the wrong way. He said do what I do, not do what I say. He's a cops cop, a man who loves his family and his chosen profession and a man you could count on whether on duty or not. I think the best way to honor Joe is by not thinking about the way he died but rather the way he lived and doing the best we can every day and make sure that TODAY IS NOT THE DAY! Rest in peace Joe. My prayers are with your children.

Un named
Police Officer

September 11, 2014

Thanks to You and Mr. Britton for your service and giving the ultimate sacrifice. May you both rest in peace with the assurance that God is good. Condolences and God's strength to the family, friends and departments who mourn your loss.

Captain C. Shoup
Savannah River Site Law Enforcement

September 11, 2014

RIP my brother, prayers go out to you and your family!

J.D Moore Recruit
Clayton County Police

September 11, 2014

My thoughts and prayers are with Deputy Matuskovic's family and his Brothers and Sisters in Blue. Rest in peace.

Deputy Johanna Polo
Monroe County Sheriffs Dept Rochester NY

September 11, 2014

R.I.P. my brother we in Indiana are also feeling the pain of a loss of an Officer. God bless Officer Cannon, his family and the Charleston County Sheriff's Department.

Detective Patrick Tracy
Purdue University Police Department

September 11, 2014

RIP my brother we have the next shift. GOD is good.

Senior Police Officer John "JG" Garza
Houston Police Department

September 11, 2014

Prayers to both your families. Rest now, we got it from here.

Survivor of Mcpl Sandra E Rogers
Cpl. Frances A Williams, wife EOW 01/28/12

September 11, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother

Police Officer David Gross
Prince George's County Police MD

September 11, 2014

My prayers go out to Deputy Matuskovic's family as they deal with the tragic loss of this brave officer. Many blessings to you all. We will not forget his sacrifice.
RIP Sir. You were a hero to all.

Survivor of Detective Charles Dinwiddie
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, Sister

September 10, 2014

Thank you for your service.

Corporal James R. McVey
Alamance County Sheriff's Office

September 10, 2014

I am so sorry for your loss! May God grant all of your peace during this trying time!

Ruthann Cross
private citizen

September 10, 2014

My thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and co-workers of Deputy Joseph Matuskovic. Another Hero taken too soon. May God comfort you and your family as you go and touch the face of God.

Your honorable service and sacrifice and bravery to the citizens of Charleston County, South Carolina, will not be forgotten. God Speed and God Bless. Rest in Peace Sir.

Final Salute

VIPS 750 Jeff Claybern
Alexandria Kentucky Police Department

September 10, 2014

May God comfort your Family and Fellow Deputies during this tragic and sorrowful time. I can only pray that YOU, Deputy Matuskovic is at PEACE and God Will Make Things Serene for YOU and YOUR Loved ones. Your Life was not in Vain, You paid the ultimate sacrifice. You gave your life in the service and protection of others. YOU ARE and ALWAYS Will Be A BROTHER to US All In UNIFORM.

Sergeant, Michael White #1795 DKPD
Dekalb County Police Department, DeKalb County Ga.

September 10, 2014


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

September 10, 2014

We have the watch from here Brother! May God Bless your Family and Friends.

Officer A. OROZCO

September 10, 2014

Rest in peace my brother in blue. Evil will never prosper as long as brave men such as yourself stand for good.

I hope in time your family and agency find peace in your passing.

"Blessed are the Peacemakers for they shall be called Sons of God." Matthew 5:9

Police Officer II D. Vaquero
San Diego Police Department

September 10, 2014

Rest in peace brother. Thoughts are with your agency and family during this difficult time. You died a hero along side your partner and partner on the air. Rest easy, we'll take the watch from here.

Sgt. David Post
Reno County Sheriff's Office Hutchinson, Ks.

September 10, 2014

I sit here my friend with a heavy heart as my heart felt thoughts and prayers go out to your family and friends. I will miss our talks on the wall in booking and in the transport office when you came to pick up an inmate for court. Your tour of duty has ended and we have been left with a hole in our hearts but we will continue to patrol the streets you so dearly loved. RIP my friend for you have earned it.

FTO T Beutler
SACDC Transport Division

September 10, 2014

Sgt. Matuskovic.. it was a honor to work both with you, and for you... you put on the uniform with pride and touched many lives. You exemplify what a true hero means.. Rest easy tonight Sgt.

Deputy Peter Franks
Palm Beach County Sheriffs Office / Former Charleston PD

September 10, 2014

Deputy Sheriff Joe Matuskovic rest in peace you are
now a member of an elite group The Thin Blue Line
of Heroes. There is no greater sacrifice that one can give
for his ellow man. To the Family I salute your lost loved one,
and pray for you during the days to come. Joe will be in
the company of heroes forevermore.

The Thin Blue Line of the Fallen are Standing at attention
in their class “A“ uniforms, badges gleaming and shoes like glass,
They are your brothers and sisters of Law Enforcement.
All of whom have previously paid the ultimate price.
Today, like many others,they welcome you to this hallowed place.
As you march down the Thin Blue Line of the Fallen, all eyes are
focused on you as if to say it will be ok you’re with your eternal
partners. A salute follows and a tear can be seen on so many faces. Welcome, you served well. Now come join the ranks, another member of The Thin Blue Line has come home.

Your Brother in Law enforcement

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

Dr. stan phillips Usa Ret, Ms, Bs
Walnut Grove Ms Police, Lt. retired

September 10, 2014

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