In Memoriam Officer William Mathews

Michael Risvold, Chief of the Wayzata Police Department in Minnesota sadly reports the death of Officer William Mathews.

Officer Mathews, 47, was in the process of removing some debris from the roadway when a passing vehicle struck him.

Mathews responded to a 911 call of debris blocking lanes of a freeway. He located the debris on the freeway and pulled his patrol vehicle over to the side of the road. He exited his patrol vehicle to remove debris from the road. As he was completing his task, a vehicle struck him. One witness stated that the emergency overhead lights on Mathews’ patrol vehicle were not activated.

Mathews was carried by the Nissan Murano SUV for a short distance and then thrown to the pavement as the driver stopped her vehicle. The striking vehicle had extensive damage to the passenger side front and windshield. The female driver was detained at the scene.

Mathews was transported to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale for medical treatment. However, he succumbed to his injuries a short time after his arrival.

The Minnesota State Highway Patrol is conducting the crash investigation and reconstruction.

William Mathews served the Wayzata Police Department for nine years. He had previously served as a uniform patrol officer with Zumbrota Police Department.

Prior to becoming a certified police officer, he served as a reserve officer with Winona Police Department and completed an internship with the Rochester Police Department.

His wife and seven-year old son survives him.

Officer William Mathews is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Friday, September 8, 2017.

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Patrick Sharkey

Pat Sharkey earned an associate's Degree at Kellogg Community College and was hired by the Battle Creek Township Police Department as a dispatcher. Pat was then hired by the Michigan State Police and was initially assigned to the Capitol Security Detail. Eight years later, he attended the 98th Trooper Recruit School. Pat served as a trooper for the remainder of his career serving at State Police Posts in Erie, Sandusky, Northville, Flat Rock, Bridgeport, Ypsilanti, and Caro areas of Michigan. He attended Michigan State University’s Traffic Crash Reconstruction Program and was certified as an expert witness in several Michigan courts. Pat retired in 2010 after 35 years of public service. He is a correspondent for Law Enforcement Today and enjoys hunting, target shooting, and (most of all) sailing.

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