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Officer Matthews remembered on Monday

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Hundreds of law enforcement officers from across the state joined together to remember one of their own Monday. The body of Officer Richard Matthews was carried by a horse-drawn caisson to St. Mark’s Church on Eastwood Road. The 28-year-old died last week after control of his vehicle while responding to a call. “It was amazing, the caisson the horse and carriage, was absolutely amazing, the pipes, and drums did a beautiful job as well. I've been to many funerals unfortunately in my years, and this was one of the best,” said Robert Fey of the Charlotte Police. "You hear the negative, but you never hear the positive until it's took late. Obviously he made some great impact on people's lives to include kids,” said Chief Ralph Evangelous of the WPD. Trooper John King of the NC Highway Patrol added, "We lost a fellow member today, even though he worked for another organization, we are all brotherhood, and it was a real tough time today." Matthew's family will hold private funeral services in his hometown of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Some Wilmington police officers are volunteering their time to escort his body back home.

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My husband is a police

My husband is a police officer, and was a WPD officer for 2 years before we moved. My prayers go out to Officer Matthews' family. I find it very tasteless for the news to print the story of his funeral one day, and then post the video of his accident the next. That video might be public knowledge but they shouldn't threaten to sue the WPD to get it and then post it all over for the world to see. Not cool AT ALL. WWAY, you need to be more considerate of who all is affected.


"Central to 313, central to 313, central to 313...313, sir you are clear for final 10-42. Central to all units, 313 is 10-42, central is clear." Link There goes my hero.

that made me cry

i date a police officer and he told me what the 10/42 thing is about. Oh my gosh i swear I cried when I heard it. So sad!


Ok, I have nothing but respect for this fallen officer and thank him for his service. However, is all this pomp and pageantry always done when this happens? Just curious. If so then fine, but I don't really know how often a cop dies in Wilmington and therefore not sure if this is typical or not. Just curious. Again, my condolences to his family and disrespect meant at all!


WilmingtonMaj, your question is a legitimate one and deserves a respectful reply. Each day that a law enforcement officer goes to work he knows that he may never return home. He has made that choice and realizes that his job is not the same as most. Every day hat a law enforcement officer DOES go home, there is a small part of him that celebrates the fact that he did NOT die as the result of some stupid set of circumstances that any "routine call" can spawn. If one of YOUR protectors were to die, in the middle of the night, as a result of doing his job, he (and his law enforcement brothers) deserve the time to take part in the "pomp and pageantry". It gives the other officers the chance to appreciate that going to work the next day could result in the ultimate forfeit in doing the job they chose which is doing all that they can to shelter you, your property and your family. This particular officer gave his life when he opted to respond and support another officer who was doing his job of keeping drugs off of the streets of your community. "Pomp and pageantry" would be one way to describe it. However, I think it could be summed up with one word............ respect.

WOW! What a great city this

WOW! What a great city this is, what a beautiful thing they did for the officer and his family. This should be done for anyone that makes the decision to put their life on the line for a perfect stranger (YOU). I pray for his family, for strength and forgiveness. PS: Would you call what this city has done Pomp and Pageantry??? If so that is a pure shame. I would call it respectful, grateful and honoring.


As far as I know, and from past experience anytime an officer or a firefighter dies in the line of duty, some memorial such as this takes place. The last one I attended was for two firefighters in the same county but different dept than me. We had probably 60 fire trucks, firefighters from all over the country, bag pipes from New York, it's quite nice and I think well deserved for anyone who die's trying to serve and protect someone else.

To answer your question,

To answer your question, YES....this is always done, in some respects, when a LEO dies in the line of duty. And it should be