Hundreds Line Police Procession Honoring Wayzata Officer Bill Mathews

September 14, 2017 06:45 PM

Blue ribbons and balloons lined the streets of downtown Wayzata on Thursday, waving in honor of Officer Bill Mathews.

At the coffee shop where Mathews would drop in for a cup, his life of service is being remembered through conversation.


"It's amazing how they're coming to help from everywhere," one Wayzata resident said. "You know, it's a brotherhood."

Nearly 2,000 officers came to honor Officer Mathews, his family and his colleagues, as he was laid to rest Thursday

The procession honoring Mathews stretched for miles.

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Nearly 100 elementary students from St. Bartholomew Catholic School stood silently on the sidewalk, flags in hand, remembering an officer who many of them knew.

"He talked with us, and all the parents," a 10-year-old named Patrick said.

The K-6 students heard the sirens from their classrooms Friday afternoon after Officer Mathews was hit on Highway 12.

"Every grade, when we hear a siren go off, because we are so close to the fire department, we drop everything and say a Hail Mary," second grade teacher Emily Bilski said.

"We hard a lot of sirens that day, so we had to say a lot of Hail Mary's, and yeah, it was really sad," said Olivia, a fourth grader at St. Bart's. 

For young and old, saying this final goodbye is a tough lesson.

"I am really glad I am down here, he was just a really nice police officer," Olivia said. "Lots of people really, really liked him and I feel good to support him."


Jessica Miles

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