Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Eugene Yates

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, July 24, 2022

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Matthew Eugene Yates

Happy Father's day Matthew.

Deputy Sheriff
Clark County Sheriff's office

June 16, 2024

Merry Christmas Matthew. Love you buddy!!

Deputy John A. Loney
Clark County Sheriff's office

December 24, 2023

Merry Christmas Matthew. Miss you everyday.

Deputy Sheriff John Loney
Clark County Sheriff’s office

December 23, 2023

Babe, I miss you so much! There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think of you. I never knew my life would be turned upside down like it was, but as you would say- keep pushing girl.. Also know your LEO family has made sure we are always taken care of. We all love and miss you dearly..

Wife Tracy Yates

November 12, 2023

May you rest in peace in Heaven, Deputy Yates

Patrolman Kenneth Collins
South Amherst Police Department

July 25, 2023

NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Eugene Yates of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio and the additional 70 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 24, 2023


It's been a year since we lost you!!! Not a day goes by that I don't think of you. Please continue to watch over all of us.

Love you buddy!!!

Deputy John A. Loney
Clark County Sheriff's office.

July 23, 2023

Melchi ordered your plaque today, and now you will join Chief Furry, Greg, and Suzanne on the wall at HQ. John posted your flag, and Joe took care of Tra and AK and the boys in DC….

It still doesn’t seem possible that you are not physically with us. But you, like Suzanne, are near in spirit. So long as you keep watch over us, brother, “we’re good”…

Det. Lt. Kristopher Shultz
Clark County Sheriff’s Office

June 7, 2023

Merry Christmas Matt!!!
Love and miss you more than you will ever know!!!

Deputy John A. Loney
Clark County Sheriff's office

December 25, 2022


7/24/22 seems so long ago!!! Theres not a day that goes by that I don't think of you or miss you. The pain and the tears will never go away. I miss you so much. I miss our movie dates and and all our time together. Please continue to watch over all of us!!!

Deputy John A. Loney
Clark County Sheriff's office

November 10, 2022

My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates. I am so sorry for your great loss. The service and sacrifice of Deputy Yates will not be forgotten.

Deborah C.
Wife, Mother, Aunt of LEOs

September 5, 2022

Deputy Yates,

Thank you for your sacrifice for our nation. May you be with the Lord and may he be with your family.

Det. Russ Cain

Pittsburgh PD

September 2, 2022

The true measure of a person
is not found in the
might of their arm,
their wealth
or their power –
it is found in the strength
of their character.

There is no greater testimony to
ones character, than ones
willingness to sacrifice all,
in the noble quest of
providing protection to all
whom they serve.
Author Unknown

Javier Cornejo
Police Officer, Retired
City of Milwaukee Police Department
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

September 1, 2022

Matt, you were a great man and a great cop. I'm at a loss over you being gone, but I learned a lot from you. Shelly and I definitely miss you.

Sergeant Doug Pergram
Springfield, OH PD

August 17, 2022

Your sacrifice Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates will not be forgotten. God will watch over you, your family, friends and coworkers during this tragic time. God's Speed Matthew!

Reserve Deputy Brian Jacobsen
Mahaska County Iowa Sheriff’s Office

August 4, 2022

In Honor of your Sacrifice and for your family and friends, I salute you as a HERO!

"The Badge"

He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.

He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.

Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.

He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whose blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.

His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.

He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.

And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.

But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.

Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.

Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.

So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.

In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.

Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.

Written By:
David L. Bell

Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1993 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell (Retired)
Richland County Sheriff's Dept.
Columbia, SC

August 3, 2022

Thank you for your service and sacrifice. Rest In Peace Deputy Yates. Our deepest heartfelt condolences to all of your family, friends, and brothers and sisters at Clark County Sheriff's Office.

Postal Inspector Scott Horne
US Postal Inspection Service

August 1, 2022

Rest in peace my brother.

(Retired) P.O. Donald Fuqua
Chicago Police Dept.

July 31, 2022

Rest in Peace my brother.

Captain Bernard Flint
Department of Defense Police Division

July 31, 2022

it was a honor and privilege to have you serve with me. we have it from here buddy. rest in piece fly high

sheriff jake logan

July 31, 2022

Rest in peace Brother

Retired Steve Durfee

July 31, 2022

Sheriff Yates, our world is full of evil people, and yet, for many years, you dedicated your life to protecting others that they may be safe. Our Lord, who sees all and knows all, will reward you abundantly for your courage, dedication and selfless service. My heart breaks for the sorrow that your loved ones are experiencing, especially your father. May God immerse you and them in His Divine Mercy. Rest in peace, good and faithful servant.

Jess Espinosa

July 31, 2022

Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates, I am so very sorry to hear of your murder at the hands of this criminal. You were so brave to respond to this violent scene and enter that trailer. May God give you a place beside Him and grant you eternal rest. I pray that He will be with you now as you watch over your loved ones from above. Thank you for your brave service to all of us. Rest in Peace, Brother.

Mary Milam
Sergeant (Ret)
Chicago Police Department

Hudson, FL

July 30, 2022

Thank you for your service Sir, R. I. P

Mrs.C Singleton /Concern Citizen

July 30, 2022

Rest in Peace Deputy Yates. Thank you for your service. My thoughts and Prayers go out to your family, coworkers and friends.

Lieutenant Robert T. Mote (ret)
Buena Park, CA Police Department

July 30, 2022

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