Trooper Parnell Matthews Nebraska State Patrol Nebraska End of Watch: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Photograph: Trooper Parnell MatthewsPatch image: Nebraska State Patrol, Nebraska

Trooper Parnell Matthews
Nebraska State Patrol

End of Watch: Thursday, March 3, 2011

Biographical Info
Age: 35
Tour of Duty: 9 years
Badge Number: 602

Incident Details
Cause of Death: Duty related illness
Date of Incident: Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Trooper Parnell Matthews passed away as the result of a stroke which he suffered in a training exercise ten days earlier.
He was participating in the training exercise when he suddenly collapsed. He was flown to a hospital Nebraska Medical Center where he remained in a coma until passing away.
Trooper Matthews had served with the Nebraska State Patrol for nine years. He is survived by his four children.

Agency Contact Information
Nebraska State Patrol
1600 Highway 2
PO Box 94907
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-4545
Please contact the Nebraska State Patrol for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

People came out in force this week to support Parnell Matthews, a Nebraska State Patrol trooper.

Matthews, 35, fell into a coma Feb. 23 after what may have been a stroke. His fellow troopers organized a benefit spaghetti feed to pay medical and other expenses.

The event, held Wednesday at Omaha North High School, drew an estimated 800 people.
“The show of support from community people and law enforcement that was here was just awesome,” said North High Principal Gene Haynes.

Matthews died at the Nebraska Medical Center about 24 hours after the benefit ended. He had been flown to the Omaha hospital from Grand Island, where he had gone for training.

Besides members of the public and the State Patrol, Haynes said, the event drew Omaha and Douglas County politicians, Omaha police, Douglas County corrections officers, area sheriff’s deputies, Omaha firefighters and members of the Iowa State Patrol.

“It was very touching to see that,” said Alan Eberle, a State Patrol investigator who is Omaha area chairman of the State Troopers Association of Nebraska.
Eberle said Matthews led Troop A (Omaha) for a few years in DUI enforcement.
“He also was a drug recognition expert. He obviously took pride in the job that he did. He was just a very hard worker,” Eberle said.
Haynes said Matthews also was a hard-working student-athlete when he was at North in the early 1990s.
“He didn’t have all the basketball talent in the world, but he had a great work ethic,” Haynes said. “Very coachable. Very dependable. Excellent parental support . . . I just remember him as a very, very caring and concerned young man that was very dedicated to what he wished to do.”
One of Matthews’ four sons, also named Parnell Matthews, is a junior on North’s basketball team.
“When his son got up to high school,” Haynes said of the elder Matthews, “he was always in the stands to see his son and support him.”
Eberle said a pancake feed is being scheduled to raise money for Matthews’ children. He said he also wants to raise funds to present an annual scholarship in Matthews’ name. Those who wish to support the family may make a donation at any U.S. Bank branch, Eberle said.
A fundraiser also is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Saturday at Pieces Lounge, 2607 S. 120th St. It is sponsored by the African American Correctional Officers Association.
Funeral services were pending.
The family issued a statement thanking Matthews’ “many friends, the law enforcement community and those whose lives were touched through his work at the patrol for the outpouring of love and support during his brief illness.”
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3 Responses to “Trooper Parnell Matthews Nebraska State Patrol Nebraska End of Watch: Thursday, March 3, 2011”

  1. 1 Melainie Mitchell March 19, 2011 at 19:42

    I am so proud of my cousin! I am proud of the way he supported his children, the way he performed his duties as a State Trooper, and the way he provided for his family and community. For the MANY people that showed up to support the family during this dark time, thank you! I look forward to see what good will come of Parnells’ passing. For as we know, all is done for the good of man. His dedication to his children only heightens my respect for him as a man. His standings with the Nebraska State Troopers only enriches the respect I have for law enforcement. God Bless you all, and bless Parnell forever.

    Cuff ’em and Stuff ’em cousin!! Love you always.

  2. 3 Keyleigh Newsome May 18, 2011 at 08:25

    My cousin Parnell was the best. I love him so much. He was a great guy he always took care of his family and took his job serious.
    You will always be missed cousin. I love you. ❤ 🙂

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