Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Charles Matthews

East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, Louisiana

End of Watch Monday, April 26, 1982

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Reflections for Deputy Sheriff Jimmy Charles Matthews

Jim was a good man who I looked up to as a young Deputy just starting out with the EBRSO in 1980. Jim left a lasting impression with me of how a good Deputy works. I've often thought of him during my 40 year career in Law Enforcement. Jim will never be forgotten.

Detective Michael "Mike" Sweet
City of Denton, TX Police Department

June 11, 2020

Rest in peace Deputy Sheriff Matthews. Two years to the day my dad passed. He was a veteran New York City policeman.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

June 5, 2020

Rest in peace.

Sgt. Jim Russo

April 26, 2017

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

Marshal Chris Di Gerolamo
Federal Air Marshal Service

March 21, 2017



December 29, 2016

Jimmy, I knew you as a young man. Your grandfather Charlie E Gant and my father B. E. "Ed" Gant were brothers I guess we met in the 50's You were so nice to your little cousin I never forgot you. Then Uncle Charlie died my father died. We just lost touch as the years went by.
In the evening of April 26, 1982 I was watching the news and heard the news where you had been killed, Oh No not my sweet cousin Jimmy I called my Aunt Vida and she found out yes it was you. I heard you were married with children that I never got to meet. I have thought about you and your family often. But until we meet again Jimmy this is good by! Donna Gant Liles

Donna Gant Liles

November 9, 2015

Jimmy you don't me, Joe and I love you much and Mrs Lottie that always had dinners for you and Joe. I wish I would have had the honor to have known you.
Rip My Friend Jimmy
Love Jean

Lt. Joe Samaha

August 10, 2015

I remember picking Jim up for his first tour of duty as a full time deputy. That day he started work as a deputy patrolman assigned to Kleinpeter substation. I was no more than 24 or 25 and Jim was several years older. He partnered with me for a short period of time. Jim was enthusiastic about his work, wanted to serve the community and loved his family.
His name is now listed on the memorial wall at the police officers memorial in Washington DC along with other brave men and women that have paid such a great price for our communities.

La. DOJ New Orleans Region

May 1, 2015

i wish i got to meet ue poppy :)
you sounded like a lovely man from waht ive been reading and ive seen heaps of photos of you and goshh i look like you <3 <3 love you pop always thinking of you <3

Kayla Matthews
My Pop <3

February 2, 2012

Jimmy was a great man. He and I connected not only because of where we worked, but also because of our work in the BSA. I remember the day Jimmy gave his life. I was just getting out of court when the news broke. I, like many area officers headed immediately to where the shooting took place. The camp on the banks of the Amite River.

Sgt. Dwayne Rogers, former EBRSO Deputy

January 13, 2010

Your heroism and service is honored today, the twenty-seventh anniversary of your death. Your memory lives and you continue to inspire. Thank you for your service. My cherished son Larry Lasater was a fellow police officer who was murdered in the line of duty on April 24, 2005 while serving as a Pittsburg, CA police officer.

Time never diminishes respect. Your memory will always be honored and revered.

Rest In Peace.

Phyllis Loya

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

April 27, 2009

I remember Jimmy. He used to bring us donuts and habg out in Communications with us, when I first hired on, back in 1981. Jim helped me make my first arrest and walked me throught he paperwork. He was always a friend and a good man. I was on duty the day he died and still remember that day. I still think of Jimmy and I miss the big bear of a man.
Scott Morales Former deputy EBRSO

Scott Morales Patrolman
Fort Wayne, Indiana Police Departmenr

February 22, 2009

I am not a police officer ... simply a friend of many years.

I was only 11 years old when Deputy Matthews' life was cut short so soon in his life. I remember attending his funeral. Very sad.

Jimmy, I think of you often.

Look for me when my time comes, and when I come walking into glory.

Rest in peace.

Brian T. Davis

August 3, 2008

"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
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

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

October 31, 2007

My good friend and riding partner. You'll never be forgotten Jimmy. I hope you greet me when we meet again.

Lt. Ron Cowart
Baton Rouge Police Department

June 2, 2004

Thank you Sir. Your courage, bravery and commitment to service are not forgotten.

Detective T. Henshaw
Bell Gardens Police Department, CA.

April 26, 2004

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