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Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates

Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio

End of Watch Sunday, July 24, 2022

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates

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


Joe Hallen

July 30, 2022

Although I never met you. I will still never forget you. Thank you Sir for your service. Rest on high Brother rest on high.


July 30, 2022

Rest In Peace and thank you for your services. My heartfelt condolences and prayers

Police Communications Officer Joyce Chai
Bossier Police Dept

July 29, 2022

RIP Deputy Sheriff Yates. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Clark County

Sergeant Darren Weisse
Tufts University Police

July 29, 2022

Deepest sympathy to the family of Deputy Sheriff Yates and to his Brothers and Sisters of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office,Ohio. may GOD give to his family, friends, and associates, peace, comfort, and understanding for their loss. RIP Brother.

Chaplain Terry Longacre
Manor Township Police Department (Retired), Lancaster, County, Pennsyl

July 29, 2022

Rest In Peace Brother. The troops will take it from here.

Retired Officer Jerome Thompson
Baltimore Police Department

July 29, 2022

Rest in peace brother. Your sacrifice will never be forgotten...............

Detective Sergeant Edward Carlile
Northfield Village Police Department (OH)

July 28, 2022

Rest In Peace…

Retired Detective Ed Falkowski
Syracuse Police Dept, NY

July 28, 2022

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
Matthew 5:9

Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

July 27, 2022

God Bless You, Your Family, & Friends.
Thank you for your unselfish service to your community.

James P. Waggle, Jr.
US Army Veteran (SFC)

July 27, 2022

Rest in Peace Deputy Yates, Thank you for the Service to your Community.
My Prayers to your Family, both Blood and Blue!!!

Cpl. Terri Albright, #668
DuPage County Sheriff's Office

July 27, 2022

On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, our thoughts and prayers are with the immediate family of Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates and the extended law enforcement family of the Clark County Sheriff's Office, Ohio.

End of Watch Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Rest in Peace brother and watch over us. We will protect and serve from here on in your honor.

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."

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 27, 2022

Rest in peace Hero Officer Yates!
You gave your best and your ALL!
GOD BLESS! You are in the comfort of our Lord, never to be forgotten!

Michael Lowary
Retired Illinois State Police Trooper

July 27, 2022

Another brave officer who sacrificed his life so other's may live safe and free. Condolences to the family, co-workers, and friends of Deputy Matthew Yates.

Sgt. James Mair (Ret.)
Los Angeles Sheriff Dept- Denver Police Dept

July 26, 2022

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