Memorial funds established in memory of Taylor officer killed in the line of duty

Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand announced the establishment of two memorial funds for the family of slain Taylor police Cpl. Matthew Edwards.

The public can make donations to the “Cpl. Matthew Edwards Memorial Fund” at any branch of PNC Bank.

A second private fund has been established with the Thin Blue Line of Michigan, also at  PNC Bank branches. Donations also may be mailed to the Thin Blue Line of Michigan at P.O. Box 415, Howell, MI 48844, for a tax deductible receipt. Cards of condolence and donations may be sent to the P.O. Box. Refer to account number 4244-507084.

Cpl. Edwards, 31, was killed in the line of duty about 6 a.m. today while responding to a call of breaking and entering in the 12400 block of Pine Street in the Coppertree Apartments. Cpl. Edwards and his partner confronted a man matching the description in the parking lot. Cpl. Edwards encountered the defendant, a 36-year-old Westland man. Witnesses told police that Cpl. Edwards was speaking with the defendant when they saw the defendant pull out a gun and shoot the officer. Cpl. Edwards’ partner returned fire, shooting the defendant several times. The defendant was taken to a nearby hospital and underwent surgery. He is listed in stable condition. Cpl. Edwards was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“Today, the City of Taylor experienced a devastating loss of a member of our Police Department,” Mayor Lamarand said. “No words can describe how this impacts our city as a whole. And our hearts and prayers go out to the family of fallen Cpl. Matthew Edwards as well as the entire Police Department and their families.”

Mayor Lamarand said a fund was necessary as a lasting tribute to Cpl. Edwards and financial support for his young family, including a wife and two children.

“Police officers put their lives on the line every day,” the Mayor said. “This young corporal loved being a police officer and was a stellar example of the dedication and commitment of all of Taylor’s finest.”

Cpl. Edwards joined the Taylor Police Department in January 2005. He was a decorated officer and was named Officer of the Year in 2008 by the Police Officers Association of Michigan.

He was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the history of the Taylor Police Department. Mayor Lamarand ordered all city flags lowered to half-staff.

Mayor Lamarand thanked the community for the outpouring of support, including local businesses and residents.

Taylor police Cpl. Matthew Edwards and wife Shannon pose with his 2008 Officer of the Year
award from the Police Officers Association of Michigan.