Put on the news and what do you see? Bernie Sanders had a heart attack. Trump is apparently evil. A celebrity had a fender bender.
Yet we just lost three more incredible officers… and there was next to no media coverage.
Let us never forget them.
Wichita Police Department (WPD) Detective Matthew “Matt” Young passed away on Tuesday, after a long fight with cancer.
“It is with great sadness for us to report that the Wichita Police Department has lost one of its finest members, Detective Matt Young,” the WPD said in a Facebook post later that day. “Matt passed away this morning from his tough battle with cancer.”
In January, Det. Young was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer.
He spoke to the media about it in March.
“I was pretty devastated, honestly,” the 49-year-old detective said. “I mean, the thoughts start going through your head about my daughters that I’m not going to walk down the aisle and give away at their wedding, basketball games, things that I’m going to miss…anniversaries with my wife.”
His career began when he was hired by the Emporia Police Department in 1994, then he joined the WPD in 2000.
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He spent the next 19 years serving as a patrol officer, honor guard member, bomb squad member, and Sex and Domestic Violence Division detective.
“He cared deeply for the people he served and for the men and women in blue he had the honor to serve beside,” his obituary read.
According to Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay, the department has “suffered a great loss” with the detective’s passing.
“Matt put up a strong fight against cancer and his smile, helpful nature, work ethic and leadership are going to be missed by everyone,” Chief Ramsay said. “We continue to keep his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.”
His obituary said he leaves behind his “high school sweetheart” and wife of 25 years, Laurie, as well as his children, Rebecca, McKenzie, Makenna, Maranda, Maryn, Michael, and Marcus… and is also survived by his parents, siblings, two grandchildren, and many friends and extended family members.
“Matt will forever be missed for his love and dedication to his family and to our department,” the WPD said.
Det. Young will be laid to rest on Saturday.
We also learned this week about the passing of Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) Corporal Marquette Turner in Maryland.
His department said he died on Sept. 29 after suffering a medical emergency.
“The Prince George’s County Police family is mourning the loss of one of our own,” the department said in a Facebook post. “Corporal Marquette Turner died Sunday morning during a medical emergency.”
He died at Southern Maryland Hospital, according to the Prince George’s County Police Retired Association (PGCPRA) in a Facebook post.
He was a Washington, D.C. native. Before joining PGCPD 16 years ago, he served in the U.S. Army.
He was described as a “well-liked, dedicated officer,” who spent most of his career assigned to the Patrol Bureau’s District IV station in Oxon Hill.
“He loved serving others in the military and as a police officer and he truly loved the Washington Redskins,” the PGCPD said.
He’s survived by his four children, as well as his mother, siblings, and many family members, along with “his family here at the Prince George’s County Police Department,” the agency said.
“We offer our deepest condolences to his entire family,” the department said.
We also learned this week about the passing of NYPD Officer Derrick Bishop, who lost his battle with 9/11 related cancer on September 19.
The retired New York Police Department officer devoted 21 years of his life to the department.
His sister, Jeaneen Bishop, said the 60-year-old had been diagnosed with prostate and thyroid cancer after having worked at Ground Zero post 9/11.
Jeaneen now works as a police aide with the Irvington Police Department in New Jersey. She told media outlets that her brother was the first member of their family to serve as a law enforcement officer.
“He’s the oldest brother in the family,” she said. “He initiated it all. We’re very proud.”
He worked in the NYPD’s 71st Precinct.
“It was a great, great loss,” Jeaneen said.
Officer Bishop retired in 2003 then later took a job as a security guard at a bottling facility in East New York.
The media reported about how he was working his midnight security detail in the predawn hours one night in 2014 when he was confronted by an armed carjacker.
“I looked at him, and I see his hands and see he has a 9mm pointed at my face,” the retired officer told the New York Post at the time. “Then he told me he’s going to blow my brains out, he would shoot me in the face if I didn’t hand him my money.”
According to the report, Officer Bishop handed over his valuables, but the carjacker wasn’t done.
“He kept saying, ‘That’s all the –k you got? I’m gonna kill you, I’m gonna shoot you,’” he told the news outlet.
Ultimately, Officer Bishop drew his own weapon and shot his attacker four times in the neck and chest – the man later died at Brookdale Hospital.
“It’s not a good feeling to shoot anybody,” Officer said with tears streaming down his face. “It was just something that happened. I didn’t want to die. I wanted to be able to see my kids and my wife.”
According to Jeaneen, the grief her brother experienced after the shooting was heartbreaking.
Officer Bishop leaves behind his wife, Patricia, and his daughters, Chanel and Dominique, as well as his mother and brother in addition to his sister.
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