State Trooper William Matt dies unexpectedly

LEWES — Master Corporal William Matt, 54, a 29-year-veteran of the Delaware State Police, died unexpectedly at his home on Monday night, said police.

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the tragic loss of MCpl. Matt,” state police superintendent, Col. Nathaniel McQueen Jr. said in a statement. “He was a dedicated Trooper with a tireless work ethic. He served his country as a proud member of the United States Army and committed his life to serving his community as a Delaware State Trooper. He absolutely loved being a Trooper. As we honor the service and mourn the loss of our fellow Trooper, we ask the community to keep his family and the members of the Delaware State Police in your thoughts and prayers.”

MCpl. Matt was hired in September 1988 into the 57th Delaware State Police Recruit Class, noted the state police. He began his career assigned to Troop 6 during his Field Training Officers’ Program, and upon completion, was permanently assigned there to uniformed patrol. On April 2, 2001 he was assigned to Troop 7 and the following year was promoted to Master Corporal. On September 1, 2007 he was assigned as a School Resource Officer assigned to troops 4, 5, and 7 in Sussex County from 2007 – 2011.In October 2015 he was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 4, Georgetown. He returned back to Troop 7 in Lewes where he served since May 9, 2016.

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