Funeral gets underway for Wayzata police officer with Rochester area ties
WAYZATA, Minn. (FOX 47) -
A Wayzata, Minnesota police officer is being laid to rest Thursday after he was hit and killed on the side of Highway 12 while cleaning debris on September 8th.
The officer worked in Rochester for some time and will be missed in this community, too.
Officer Bill Mathews was a nine-year veteran of the Wayzata Police Department.
Mathews, who is from Pine Island, served as an intern with the Rochester Police Department and began his career with the Zumbrota Police Department. Matthews also worked part time with the Olmsted and Goodhue County Sheriff's Offices.
Governor Mark Dayton has ordered flags across the state at half-staff in his honor.
Dayton attended the funeral, along with a couple of deputies from the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office.
Olmsted County Sheriff Kevin Torgerson helped set-up the funeral.
"I have seldom seen such an outpouring of love. From the community, neighboring communities, from the state through the country from blue ribbons bridges to blue lights on porches and blue flowers as expressions of love," said Pastor Kevin Meyer, who lead the funeral.
Matthews leaves behind a wife and child.
The woman who struck him on Friday has been booked on criminal vehicular operation.
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