The neighborhood of Clark County, Ohio, is rallying collectively to assist the household of a fallen officer.
Native organizations, companies and neighborhood members pulled collectively to lift funds for the household of fallen Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Yates, 41, who was killed in a capturing on the Concord Estates Cell Dwelling Park on July 24.
Yates, a husband and father of three kids, was a 15-year veteran on the sheriff’s workplace. He was killed whereas responding to studies of pictures fired at a cell dwelling.
The shooter, Cole White, was killed after an hours-long standoff with police.
Clark County Sheriff Deborah Burchett stated she was humbled by the outpouring of assist from the neighborhood.
“Calls, notes, flowers left, donations to the household and only a handshake and ‘I’m sorry in your loss’ from somebody within the public brings us to tears each time,” she stated.
This yr’s Clark County Honest raised funds in tribute of the fallen officer and even commissioned a woodcarving of a police flag with Yate’s unit quantity and title on it to be given to the household.
The art work raised over $32,000 in donations in a neighborhood profit public sale.
Clark County Honest Government Director Dean Blair stated the truthful board raised over $40,000 for Yates’ household.
“It’s displaying love, it’s displaying assist,” Blair stated. “All of us knew Matt Yates out right here. He all the time labored truthful responsibility. He was only a huge teddy bear, and the sheriff’s workplace is simply such nice mates to us.”
The Clark County Sheriff’s Workplace additionally arrange a GoFundMe to lift cash from the neighborhood. As of writing, the web page has raised practically $56,000.
“He was so humble and so compassionate and giving. He has been that approach his whole life. He by no means met a stranger. He smiled each time you noticed him and simply cherished life. The explanation that we’re seeing this emotional outpour from the neighborhood is as a result of (Yates) actually has been like that his whole life,” stated Randy Smoot, Yates’ childhood buddy
Yates’ police cruiser was additionally parked in downtown Springfield as a memorial and was coated with flowers and heartfelt messages of condolence.
The officer’s funeral started on August 1 on the First Christian Church in Springfield. Yates’ physique was transported to the church in a SWAT automobile and saluted by officers standing by.
Sheriff Burchett provided condolences to the household in a speech and praised Yates for his heroic service and dedication to the neighborhood.
“Matthew was a warrior in regulation enforcement,” Burchett stated.
“I don’t know the place we’re going to go from right here. I actually don’t,” she stated in an interview after the service. “However we’ll, we now have to face up, stand tall, and we now have to recollect Matthew’s reminiscence.”
Fellow deputies additionally remembered Yates as a robust chief and buddy.
“He gave me an instance of the best way to carry myself on this place,” Deputy Matthew Harris stated.
“You knew if Matthew was there, all the things was going to be OK,” Main Chris Clark added.
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine additionally attended the service and spoke to Information Heart 7 after the occasion.
“When a police or a sheriff’s deputy responds to a house, they by no means know for certain what’s inside, they usually don’t know what’s going to occur,” he stated. “It needs to be a reminder to all of us how troublesome this job is.”