Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Scott Chism

Cedar County Sheriff's Office, Missouri

End of Watch Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Matthew Scott Chism

On behalf of the Westerville, Ohio Division of Police, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism and the extended law enforcement family of the Cedar County, Missouri Sheriff's Office. Rest in Peace brother and watch over us.

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.

By Jon F. Hooper

"Greater love hath no man than this; that a man lay down his life for his friends."

Chief Joe Morbitzer
Westerville, Ohio Division of Police

November 2, 2014

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

Dispatcher Sue Rusch
Punta Gorda PD, Punta Gorda FL

November 2, 2014

Eternal Rest

S. I. Drake, Lt/IPD (Ret)
Indianapolis Police

November 2, 2014

Rest in Peace Brother in the Arms of our Lord. Prayers for your family and your law enforcement family.

Chief Deputy John M. Tomaino Sr.
Retired Mahoning County Sheriff Youngstown Ohio

November 2, 2014

A police officer should be remembered not by how he died, but how he lived! A great man has gone to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow. Thank you to you, your family and the Cedar County Sheriff's Office. Our country is a little less safe without you. Rest in Peace Brother!


November 2, 2014

Godspeed my friend.

Patrolman Jordan Holland
Claremore Police Department Oklahoma

November 2, 2014

"The Final Inspection"

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

"Step forward now, policeman.
How shall I deal with you?
Have you always turned the other cheek?
To My church have you been true?"

The policeman squared his shoulders and said,
"No, Lord, I guess I ain't,
Because those of us who carry badges
can't always be a saint.

I've had to work most Sundays,
and at times my talk was rough,
and sometimes I've been violent,
Because the streets are awfully tough.

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

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

"Step forward now, policeman,
You've borne your burdens well.
Come walk a beat on Heaven's streets,
You've done your time in hell."

Author Unknown

New Visions Criminal Justice Class of 2015
Syracuse, New York

November 2, 2014

God bless and keep your sweet wife and son. Matt will always be a hero to us.

John, Nancy and Grace

November 2, 2014

Deputy Chism,

For those of us who knew you in both private and professional capacity! The devastating news of loosing you was a shock. less than two days ago you were in my home assuring my wife that all was ok, and laughing about a Cowboy hat that looked like a burglar in our home. Your assurance of the situation over the phone to me was compforting as we laughed and discussed the callout. Having known you and your family for many years has been a blessing. The Chism family has contributed much to our community in many ways.

It takes a special individual to put on a badge and work under the stress and risk for so little. Thank you for your service and dedication to our community. We will keep your family in our prayers and do what we can to help.

May God Bless Your family.

Rick Allenbrand
Bear Creek Tactical Ops

November 2, 2014

Deputy Chism: May God welcome you with open arms as you have done your duty here. Rest in Peace my brother.

Deputy Buck Jones
Beckham County Okla Sheriffs Office

November 2, 2014

So very sorry for this loss. My thoughts & prayers are with family & friends.

Rita Anderson
Four Seasons, MO

Rita Anderson
Concerned Citizen

November 2, 2014



November 2, 2014

They just keep getting younger it seems ... The Heros .
Job well done Son of Stockton.
You have servred your Family, Department, Community & Country with Great Distinction & Bravery ...
My Family sends Condolences to Famliy, Friends, Department,
Community & Countrymen ...
"The Purple Heart Candles" in our Family's 9/11 Memorial, burn this day for Matt ...
R.I.P. Son of Valor, with Honor.
Gone From Our Arms ... Forever In Our Hearts !!!

Ms. Karen Morgan ,Psy & LE , Grad.
Eagels Wing Baptist Church, Lake Traverse, SD

November 2, 2014

God speed Deputy Chism. May God be with your family. Meet their needs Lord. Protect & provide. You will be missed brother. We salute and honor your service.

Police Supervisor Kevin Houseman
Springfield-Branson National Airport Police

November 2, 2014

The 36th Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy sends our deepest and most he artful condolences to the Family, Friends, and Co-workers of Fellow Officers. During this time we hold close to memories and good times shared as a source of comfort. Being ever mindful of the pride they embraced when wearing their uniform.

Sgt. Eric Carpenter
Durham County Sheriff BLET 36

November 2, 2014

Thank you for your service. Rest in peace my brother.

Correction officer J. Lamar
Limestone county sheriff office/ Athens, Al

November 2, 2014

Another tragedy and senseless killing of a Law Enforcement
Officer!! Rest in Peace Deputy you will always be remembered!

Sgt Patricia Dolby,Ret.
Columbus Ohio Police Dept

November 2, 2014


Deputy J. Davis
Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Office

November 2, 2014

Deputy Chism,

When I read of your heroic sacrafice I was overcome with sadness. My heart goes out to your family especially your young child. May your family and friends know that you will NOT be forgotten. You are the definition of a True American Hero. Rest in eternal Peace.

PO DeSalvo

November 2, 2014


To the family, friends, and colleagues of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism:

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 six hundred and fifty-three law enforcement officers have sacrificed their lives to protect the citizens of the State of Missouri. Today, we honor the sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism, of the Cedar County, Missouri, Sheriff’s Office; who was shot and killed in the line-of-duty on Sunday, November 2, 2014, following a vehicle pursuit and the subsequent foot chase and struggle in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.

“Lord God, we are grateful for the life of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism. He died serving us. Help us never to forget. Help us celebrate the life of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism 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 Cedar County, Missouri, 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 Cedar County, Missouri, to remember to pay their law enforcement officers fairly and treat them with respect. Help the citizens of Cedar County, Missouri, 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 Matthew Chism 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, Deputy Sheriff Matthew Chism, 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

November 2, 2014

Deputy Chism,
On behalf of of the men and women of the Lawrence County Missouri Sheriff's Office, Rest In Peace Sir, thank you for your service and sacrifice. God Bless you, your family, and your extended family at Cedar County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Mike Cooper
Lawrence County Missouri Sheriff's Office

November 2, 2014

I thank you Brother for your service and ultimate sacrifice. I pray for you that you rest in peace knowing your watch is over and we now have the watch. I pray for peace and strength for your family and all of your brothers and sisters.

Special Agent R A Curtis Ret.
US Air Force Office of Special Investigations

November 2, 2014

Giving your all in your last act for the citizens of Missouri and fellow police officers, you made certain this killer could kill no more, which he probably would have. You are a true American Hero. God Bless You, your family and the Cedar County Sheriff's Department.

Assistant Police Chief (Retired)
NE Oklahoma Police Department

November 2, 2014

RIP brother Matthew.

May God bless and be with your family, co-workers and friends at this very difficult time.

In. Bevenour
Gettysburg Police Department

November 2, 2014

My prayers to the family in this tragic time.

Alan Butler - Retired officer

November 2, 2014

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