As you remember these fallen officers, take comfort in recalling that they dedicated their lives to the same principles of honor, duty and courage that brought you to the badge. Such a life is truly rich. Take strength in knowing that when an officer falls, our resolve to serve those in need is not diminished. Our dedication to protecting those in danger is not weakened. Our commitment to remembering those with whom we shared the badge does not fade.
Godspeed, brothers and sisters. You fought the good fight. Now rest in peace…
Officer Down: Matt Williams - [Polk County, Florida]
Additional Info: Deputy Matt Williams had served with the Polk County Sheriff's Office for 12 years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
Cause of Death: Williams was shot and killed while chasing after a suspect.
Date of Incident: September 28, 2006
Fla. deputy, K-9 shot and killed
LAKELAND - An intense manhunt is now underway in the northwest Lakeland area after two Polk County deputies were shot, one fatally.
Deputy Vernon 'Matt' Williams, a 12-year veteran of the sheriff's office K-9 division, died after being shot by an unidentified suspect near the intersection of Wabash Avenue and 10th Street.
According to Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, the incident started at 11:45 a.m. with radar-initiated speeding stop on Wabash Avenue. The driver produced a false ID, and when confronted with the possibility of arrest, took off into the nearby woods. ...