The Edmond Sun

October 28, 2013

Community raises $24,000 for detective’s family at event

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — An emotional Kathy Terry, widow of Edmond Police Detective Matt Terry, thanked the community after receiving $20,628 raised during a charity event.

The donations were collected Sunday during the Matt Terry Memorial Softball Tournament at Mitch Park. Edmond Police Detective Tony Newsom, who organized the event, announced the total after a cops vs. firefighters game and tournament action ended.

Sixteen teams played Sunday in the tourney.

The previous Sunday, a motorcycle ride honoring the fallen detective raised $3,808 for the Terry family.

On Oct. 2, Terry, 41, died suddenly of natural causes.

On July 15, 1995, Matt married the love of his life, Kathy, family members wrote in his obituary. The light of his life was his daughter, Heather, age 14.

After receiving the donations, Kathy Terry said she has had some emotional ups and downs since her husband died, but during Sunday’s event she could feel the love coming from the community.

Matt Terry’s entire 19-year law enforcement career was with the Edmond Police Department.

He started as a patrol officer, and during the ensuing years was honored multiple times for his service.

In April 2002, Detective Terry was awarded the Medal of Valor for bravely rushing into a burning home to rescue the homeowner. In 2007, he was named Officer of the Year after working to identify and solve the murder of an unidentified victim.