Family of fallen officer: 'You will always be our hero'

The family of a Wayzata Police officer struck and killed by a motorist last week says law enforcement was his "calling." Officer William Mathews is survived by his wife, Shawn, and son, Wyatt. http://kare11.tv/2f03nIS

WAYZATA, Minn. - The family of a Wayzata Police officer struck and killed by a motorist last week says law enforcement was his "calling."

Chief Michael Risvold released a statement Tuesday from the family of nine-year department veteran William Mathews.

The statement, from Mathews' wife, Shawn, and son, Wyatt, read, "Bill lived his life to serve as an officer. From the time he began his schooling he knew being a Law Enforcement Officer was his calling and he wanted to do it with the utmost dignity and pride. There was not a single day Bill complained about going to work. He was there early and stayed late."

The family went on to say that Mathews was proud to serve Wayzata and Long Lake, "protecting and serving without hesitation."

"Please keep Wyatt and I in your prayers. We need your strength," Shawn Mathews wrote. "We will be forever grateful for the love and support shown by so many."

She ended the statement by saying to Bill, "You will always be our hero."

The visitation for Mathews will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wayzata Free Church, 705 County Road 101 in Plymouth. His funeral will be at the same location Thursday, Sept. 14 at 11 a.m.

Members of the public are welcome at both events.

RELATED: Officer struck, killed on Highway 12 in Wayzata

Mathews was hit after responding to a 911 call about dangerous debris in the roadway on Highway 12 not far from County Road 101. He was removing it from the road when an SUV allegedly driven by a Mound woman struck Mathews, who died of his injuries. 

A decision on criminal charges against the driver, who has an extensive criminal record, is expected sometime Monday.

Supporters have set up a memorial fund for Officer Mathews' wife an young son. Anyone who would like to contribute can send gifts to: 

Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Fund

Wells Fargo – Wayzata
900 Wayzata Blvd. E.
Wayzata, MN 55391

Full family statement:

From Shawn and Wyatt Mathews:

Wyatt and I would like to thank all of you for your support through this extremely difficult time. The out-pouring of love we feel all around us has been incredible.

Bill lived his life to serve as an officer. From the time he began his schooling he knew being a Law Enforcement Officer was his calling and he wanted to do it with the utmost dignity and pride. There was not a single day Bill complained about going to work. He was there early and stayed late. Bill was proud to perform his duty as an officer in the communities of Wayzata and Long Lake, protecting and serving without hesitation. He deeply cared about his Wayzata Police family and will miss them, but will leave them with many stories and laughs.

Please keep Wyatt and I in your prayers. We need your strength.
We will be forever grateful for the love and support shown by so many.

Bill, thank you for enriching our lives, being our comfort and strength.  Wyatt and I heart’s are broken. Bill was a compassionate husband, father, son, brother, brother-in law, uncle, Officer and friend. We will miss his smile, his laugh, his hugs and his uncanny ability to fix anything. Bill, your legacy will live on in our son Wyatt, we will never forget you.

You will always be our hero.

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