Fallen Hero Obituary

Law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty in Massachusetts

Trooper Wallace E. Mathews Age: 25 years old Tour: 1 year State Police End of Watch: Thursday, April 23, 1953
Obituary
Patrolman Wallace Mathews was killed when a vehicle crossed into his path and struck his police motorcycle head-on, on Route 20 west of the Westfield - Russell town line.

Patrolman Mathews was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and had served with the Massachusetts State Police for one year. He was killed the day before he was to be the best man in his brother's wedding. He was survived by his parents, sister, and three brothers.

Patrolman Mathews' grandfather, Patrolman Charles Mathews, was killed in the line of duty on July 19th, 1921, while serving with the Natick Police Department.

Remembering …

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The Massachusetts Law Enforcement Memorial will serve as a permanent reminder of their dedication and ultimate sacrifice.

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