Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald

Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana

End of Watch Sunday, July 17, 2016

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Reflections for Police Officer Matthew Lane Gerald

Officer Gerald, your service and sacrifice to country and community will never be forgotten.

G. Anne Birkholz
Mother of Officer Craig Birkholz EOW 3/20/2011 Fond du Lac PD

May 5, 2022

I feel how weak and fruitless must be any word of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom.

Yours, very sincerely and respectfully,

Abraham Lincoln

Captain E.Kemmer
Nevada State Police

May 5, 2022

Rest easy in heaven

Mark Mottola

July 17, 2020

Thank you for your service and please know that your sacrifice is one that will never, ever be forgotten by your LE brethren. Rest in peace always.

Detective Cpl/3 Steven Rizzo
Delaware State Police (Retired)

July 17, 2020

May your soul forever rest peacefully in Heaven. You will never ever be forgotten Officer Gerald.

First Sergeant Thomas Webb, Retired.
New York State Police - Troop D

April 29, 2020

Rest in peace Officer Gerald.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

March 24, 2019

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

August 30, 2018

Time has passed but you are not forgotten. In the long hours of the night, I think of you and your family. May the Lord bless and keep you and watch over your family.

Lt. Stephen Jackson (retired)
Baton Rouge Police Department

January 14, 2018

I ran a hero's 5k in your honor today Sir. You are not forgotten.

Det. Michele Nelson
Riverside County Sheriff's Department, CA

July 17, 2017

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant Ray Flores
N.Y.P.D. (retired)

July 17, 2017

God bless you my brother. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, and fellow officers. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch from here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police

September 26, 2016

Matt I am sorry it has taken me so long to do this. As I sit here and look at your EOW bracelet on my wrist, I struggle with the reality of your loss. I remember our days in Iraq crewing together in our Hawks, the long hours on your boat at lakes Belton and Conroe and the nights that we spent throwing back some beers talking about Football, trucks and fishing boats. I remember the first time you introduced me to your wife Dechia at my wedding and how excited you were when you found out you were going to be a father. I still have our last text conversation the week before you were taken from us. We spoke of the events happening in Baton Rouge and how we were both gonna be safe on the job. Some days I wish I would have never recommended that you join BRPD and regret writing you that letter of recommendation. But then I remember how proud you were to be a Police Officer and I know that like being a Marine and Soldier, it was truly your calling. I promise you brother that I will always look after Dechia, the girls and your new baby that you did not have the opportunity to meet. I will share all my memories of you with your children in the years to come and help them understand how great of a man their father was and how much you loved them. Rest easy now my brother, I have the watch for you both on the street and over your family. We will meet again some day in Fiddler's Green. Love you brother.

Motor Officer Ryan D. Cabral
Temple Police Department, TX

September 11, 2016

We the Mobile Police Department (Chief James Barber) extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of Officer Matthew Gerald and the Baton Rouge Police Department family.

We will keep you in our prayers.

Officer Joanne Watson
Mobile Police Department

August 31, 2016

God's peace and speed Officer Gerald. Thank you for your brave, dedicated service. RIP Brother.

P/O R. Popelka #7903
Chicago Police Department

August 18, 2016

Thank you for your sacrifice and may you rest in peace.

Hon. Travis D. Bird
Commonwealth's Attorney - Spotsylvania County, VA

August 11, 2016

Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. As you join our brothers and sisters in the hall of heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Vires et Honorem

PTLM Frank Kapusta
Moahwk Police Department

August 8, 2016

To the Gerard family, fellow officers, and all who call Matthew beloved, my heart goes out to all of you and may you find comfort in your loved ones and your strength in your faith. When my son was killed, the entire law enforcement community in our area embraced us in a circle of love and support, and I know you will receive the same support. It makes the unbearable less torturous, and I pray for your solace. I hope that your family knows that a nation mourned for you. This should never have happened.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Officer Gerard gave to his community and the citizens of Louisiana, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on July 17, 2016

Phyllis Lasater Loya
mom of fallen Pittsburg Officer Larry Lasater, eow 4/24/05

July 31, 2016

R I P brother

Lieutenant Ray Waters
Pitt County Sheriff Office

July 30, 2016

Rest in peace my brother.

Lieutenant (ret.), N.Y.P.D. Raymond Flor

July 30, 2016

RIP officer. Prayers to your blood, love and blue families.

Deputy sheriff Terri VanHouten
Rock County Sheriff's Office, Nebraska

July 29, 2016

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


July 28, 2016

To my Fallen Brothers of Law Enforcement / Baton Rouge Louisiana. A Job well done. Very Proud of you. Couldn't ask for better Officers. Rest Now. You're in the arms of your Lord and Savior. All is well. Thanks for your dedicated Services.

Officer D. Thomas
Dallas County Hospital District Police Department

July 26, 2016

Rest In Peace Brother.

Det. Randy Evans
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Son of Patrolman Robert Wayne Evans
E.O.W 10/14/1971

July 25, 2016

Rest with God Officer Gerald. Your dedicated service and tragic loss of your life will not be forgotten. Prayers for your family during this time in their lives.

retired police officer Bob Lester
Midland Texas Police Department

July 25, 2016

Rest in peace Brother Matthew.

Ofc. Timothy M. Furlong
Nahant, MA PD

July 25, 2016

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