A Southern Minnesota police chief has penned an open letter to the young son of the Wayzata police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week.
Kenyon Police Chief Lee Sjolander was among the hundreds of law enforcement officers who attended the Thursday funeral for Officer Bill Mathews. Mathews left behind his wife Shawn and a seven-year-old son named Wyatt.
A message for Wyatt…
Hey Wyatt, my name is Lee and I was there to say goodbye to your dad today. I saw you, and I wanted to let you know I thought you did a great job.
I wanted to tell you how sorry I am about what happened to your dad. I’m sure you know he was a great person and will be missed by lots of people. Some you know, and some you don’t know.
I worked with your dad years ago and wanted to share a couple of things about him.
I never saw your dad lose his temper, I never heard him say a bad word, and his smile was awesome. He worked very hard and I knew he would do great things, like meeting your mom, and being your dad.
You’re too young to get a tattoo, but I’m older than dirt, so it’s ok for me to have some, and I wanted to show you a picture of one I have. It’s one of my favorites and it has special badge numbers on it. The numbers are special because they belong to friends who I won’t see for awhile. I had your dad’s badge number, “7221” added to it and I wanted to let you know, he’s in good company.
Ok, that’s all for now. Please remember that lots of people are thinking of you and we all miss your dad.