Wayzata police officer mourned by family and fellow cops, remembered as a ‘dedicated partner’

ST. PAUL (September 9, 2017) –Wayzata police officer William Mathews is being remembered as exactly the sort of cop you hoped would show up whenever you needed help.

“I know it sounds a little corny, but he was the very picture of the cop you wanted coming to help you,” said Sean Gormley, Executive Director of Law Enforcement Labor Services (LELS). “He was also the kind of cop you wanted to hire.”

Mathews, 47, was killed Friday when he was struck by a car on a west metro highway. He had pulled his squad car over and was trying to clear debris off the road when the incident occurred. Mathews was married and father of a seven-year-old son.

Gormley hired Mathews as a part-time patrol officer back in 2009 when Gormley was chief of police for the city of Corcoran (Minn.). He said Mathews came with strong recommendations from former colleagues.

“Bill always had a smile on his face and was well-received by the public. He was a dedicated partner, committed to treating people fairly and getting the job done.”

Gormley expressed his condolences to Officer Mathews’ family and loved ones on behalf of the entire LELS membership.

“Anytime we lose an officer it’s a sad loss,” Gormley said. “But this one hits a little harder.”

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