Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Officer Matt John Faber

Indianapolis Police Department, Indiana

End of Watch Tuesday, August 23, 1988

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Reflections for Officer Matt John Faber

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Monica Zahasky
Cops Cycling for Survivors

August 23, 2017

Faithful Unto Death | Eternal Rest | Salute!

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

August 22, 2017

Gone but not forgotten. Peacefully rest

Sergeant Leslie Weidenhammer
Collier County Sheriff's Office

November 14, 2016

Eternal Rest

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

August 22, 2016

Was thinking of Matt today. I remember our time at IUPUI, Camp Brosius and your sense of humor. I cannot believe it has been over 27 years since you made the ultimate sacrifice. You are not forgotten!

Sgt. Leslie Weidenhammer
Collier County Sheriff's Office

January 5, 2016

Eternal Rest

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

August 22, 2015

Eternal Rest

Your sacrifice is not forgotten, Matt!!!!!

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

August 22, 2014

Every time I learn of another fallen officer I think of you. I remember vividly the shock of hearing the news the day you passed. I remember our days at IUPUI together, and your soon to be wife Jan. I won't forget you, and that you died in service to your community. I hope someday to see you both again at good 'ole Camp Brosius up in Heaven.

Kent W. Weaver, Administrator
Howard County Health Department

July 13, 2014

Every time I learn of the sacrifice of another police officer, I think of you Matt. That day I remember the shock of hearing of your passing, and unfortunately I knew immediately it had to be you ... I thought of Jan. I didn't know until today she is also serving. I have very fond memories of you both, and those many days we shared together at IUPUI. If the Lord wills it, we will meet again at Camp Brosius. (in Heaven)

Bless you both and thank you for your service!

Kent Weaver, Administrator
Howard County Health Department

July 11, 2014

IMPD lost another officer this past week and every time there is a serious assault of a law enforcement officer in the area it brings back memories of Matt Faber. He was a good friend from college and I know of no one who met Matt who did not like him. He was so good at setting people at ease around him. I will never forget him.

Lt. Matthew Shrum
Marion County Sheriff Office

July 9, 2014

It's been 25 years and yet it often seems like everything happened this August. I'm not a LEO, just a paramedic who's been here in the city for a very long time. So many of us were involved that night. Time passes and your loss becomes easier to get passed, but the pain and void remain. I haven't forgotten you or your sacrifice. Thank you. Sadly, it seems the list of remembrances continues to grow. Maybe one day it will stop.

Rest easy.

Wishard EMS/IEMS

September 24, 2013

I can't believe it has been 25 years since you have left us. We have never forgotten you nor will we ever!!! My family loves you unconditionally. I will ALWAYS keep your memory alive as long as I'm alive. I love you John and will always love you.

Sergeant Jan M Faber

September 8, 2013

Thinking of you in an eternal summer... Rest In Heavenly Peace

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

August 22, 2013

Johnny, you were and always will be a special part of my life. You meant everything to me; you were a true friend. We shared so much, especially in the last days - I remember always asking you about your vest as you started each shift, praying that you were safe each time you left for work..I remember you calling me from the lobby of 120 E. Market during the PanAm games to come down and all of the people in my office thought I was in trouble because there was a police officer in the lobby asking for me...I remember late night cards with your family and mine. I have not been able to talk about any of this or how you changed my life...I met you at Ben Davis and when you graduated I remember watching you going to college and watching you study with notes you had recorded on an old cassette recorder...I can still hear your voice. You were willing to accept my son, Josh, into your life. You are very special to me and because of you I hold all law enforcement with very high regard. You were more than a friend and for the time we were together, I will always be grateful.

Julie Doyle-Cooney
Close friend and confidante

July 11, 2013

Rest in Peace, Officer Faber. Your sacrifice is not forgotten.

Officer 11169

March 24, 2013

Your example of bravery and devotion to duty will always be remembered. Our prayers are for you and for your whole family. You are held in memory and in extremely high regard.

Mary Wilson, retired patrolman

August 5, 2012

I am still amazed that the man only got 7 years!! Had you not gone to the door the same thing would have happened only he would have done it from afar. The life of a policeman is double precious, they are our freedom!

IPD Civiolian

September 13, 2011

Although we never met your name was brought up in the leadership academy this week. You are not forgotten, we plan on making a better memorial for you sir.

May God hold you in his arms and protect your family...


September 2, 2011

Ofcr Faber,

Just stopping in to remember you and Thank You for your sacrifice.

Lafayette PD

September 8, 2010

I find myself at times wondering what things may be like had you not been taken from us. You will never be forgotten.

Matt Meyer

December 31, 2009

Ofcr Faber, We were remembering you last night and talked about that fateful day. You are not forgotten.

Patrol Officer
Lafayette PD

December 20, 2009

I can't say anything different or better than what is already printed. This incident happened 21 years ago
today, but it is still sad reading it for the first time
after all these years. Your memory still lives on and
because of this site, you will not be forgotten. God bless
all those who serve, but especially those who pay the
ultimate sacrifice.
Lynn Kole
Bellingham, WA


August 23, 2009

Matt, it was almost exactly 20 years ago we were fighting for our lives it that stinking rat hole of a house. Doesn't seem like it could have been that long ago. I wish I could have done more to help you get out of that mess safely. Hardly a day goes by that I don't think about you and your family. Rest in peace brother.

Patrol Officer
Indianapolis Metro Police

August 14, 2008

Although I did not know Officer Faber, HE made the ultimate sacrifice for his community. I will keep his family in my prayers.

Mike Phelps
Former Military Police

September 18, 2007

"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 whos 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
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
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and may not be duplicated without permission

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

July 31, 2007

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