A longtime member of the Monroe Police Department died Monday after a battle with kidney disease.
Flags in the city were dipped in respect for the late Capt. Mike Matthews. He spent a quarter-century with the department.
Matthews was 54.
“If you knew Mike, you saw the finest example of a gentleman,” Mayor John Howard said in a statement Tuesday morning.
Matthews was the first school resource officer at Monroe Area High School and a supporter of Purple Hurricane sports.
Matthews had been sick and in need of a kidney transplant. The department organized a golf tournament last month to help raise money.
Funeral arrangements were not immediately announced. Look for updates online at WaltonTribune.com.
In a Facebook post early Tuesday, retired Public Safety Director Keith Glass wrote that Monroe “lost a Champion and called Matthews “my friend and my brother.”
Matthews earned a plaque in 2016 for his work to lead the department through its state reaccreditation efforts.