The Edmond Sun

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October 25, 2013

Edmond detective touched countless lives

Sunday softball tourney honors officer's family

EDMOND — One life, that of Detective Matt Terry, touched countless others in meaningful ways. His faithfulness to the community continues to impact many in Edmond after his untimely death at age 41.

He helped an Edmond Police Department colleague, Sgt. Damon Minter, deal with the loss of his younger brother in 2002. Minter has consoled Matt’s brother after his loss of Matt.

He made such a favorable impression on an out-of-town resident that the person wanted to work for one law enforcement agency and one agency only — the Edmond Police Department.

He rushed into a burning house, came back outside to breathe and rushed back inside to pull a victim to safety.

He connected in a memorable way with members of a family who had just lost their young son through their mutual love of University of Oklahoma football. After Matt died, those family members paid their respects.    

That doesn’t include the victims of homicides, white collar and other crimes who found justice due to his 19 years of work in Edmond as a police officer and a detective, those who are fine-tuning their lives due to his examples and countless others who benefited from their encounters with Matt.

Police Chief Bob Ricks said Matt was an excellent father, husband and police officer who was the source of much laughter in the department amidst the tension that comes with the territory.

“Matt was diligent in his detective work,” Ricks said. “There are really no words to express our sadness that he is no longer with us, but his wife Kathy and daughter will always be a part of our family. The bond that Matt built with his coworkers these past 19 years will never be broken.”

Sunday, members of the law enforcement community and others will be joining to honor Matt and his family through the Matt Terry Memorial Softball Tournament at Mitch Park, located near the Kelly-Covell intersection.  

Teams will get two pool play games from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Single elimination bracket starts at 2 p.m. The championship game will begin at 6 p.m. During the separate cops vs. firefighters charity game, which also begins at 6 p.m., each team will make a donation per run allowed.

Commemorative wristbands, decals and T-shirts will be available. There also will be a silent auction. All proceeds will go to the Matt Terry Benefit Fund at BancFirst, P.O. Box 3370, Edmond, OK, 73083.

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