Wayzata Police Officer Bill MathewsWayzata Police Officer William Allen Mathews was struck Friday, September 8, 2017 at approximately 12:30 p.m. by a vehicle while responding to a 911 call to remove hazardous road debris from the roadway of eastbound Highway 12.
Officer Mathews was born on May 25, 1970. He graduated from Pine Island High School and went on to attend Rochester Community College. He graduated from Winona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement.
Prior to becoming a Licensed Peace Officer, Officer Mathews served with both the Winona Police Department as a Reserve Officer and the Rochester Police Department as an intern. He began his career as a Licensed Peace Officer in 1998 with the Zumbrota Police Department, also working part-time with the Olmstead County and Goodhue County Sheriff’s Offices.
In October 2008, Officer Mathews began his career with the Wayzata Police Department where he was a Firearms Instructor, a Field Training Officer, and a Reserve Coordinator.
Officer Mathews leaves behind a wife and a seven-year-old son.
Statement from Officer Mathews' wife, Shawn 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.