Donation to Help Family of Officer Killed in Line of Duty
After Wayzata police officer Bill Mathews was killed in the line of duty, the community rallied around him, donating funds to help his family. A Pay It Forward donation will be used to set up a college savings program for his son.
Bob Strandell, loan officer
Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Fund
On September 8, Officer Bill Mathews left his squad car to clear debris from a highway. He was struck by a car and killed, leaving behind his wife, Shawn, and their 7-year-old son, Wyatt.
Bill had served on the Wayzata police force for 9 years, working as a firearms instructor, a field training officer, and a reserve coordinator.
Those who knew him describe Bill as someone who lived his life serving others – even showing up to help without ever being asked.
Members of the community have been donating money to the Officer Bill Mathews Memorial Fund to help Shawn and Wyatt.
Loan officer Bob Strandell worked with Shawn and Bill when they bought their home. As soon as he learned what happened, he knew he wanted to help. He coordinated a group Pay It Forward donation to give to the memorial fund.
“When I heard the tragic news about Bill, I immediately thought of our Pay It Forward initiative and that Shawn would be a very worthy recipient,” Bob remarks.
Shawn plans to use the money to start a college savings plan for Wyatt.
“This donation will have a long-term impact on Wyatt,” she notes.