|Birth: ||unknown, USA|
|Death: ||Mar. 10, 1926|
Officer Matthew C. Gebhardt
Fort Wayne Police Department
End of Watch: Wednesday, March 10, 1926
Age: Not available
Tour of Duty: Not available
Badge Number: Not available
Gebhart, Matthew ~ Page 1, News-Sentinel 03/11/1926
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: Wednesday, March 10, 1926
Weapon Used: Officer's handgun
Suspect Info: Convicted
Officer Matthew Gebhardt was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers for being drunk in public. One of the brothers was able to obtain control of Officer Gebhardt's and opened fire. The shots struck both Officer Gebhardt and the man's brother, killing both.
The suspect was arrested and sentenced to prison for Officer Gebhardt's death.
Honoring the fallen: Pain of losing a fellow officer still fresh for some on C.O.P.S. memorial ride
By Ellie Bogue
of The News-Sentinel
On March 10, 1926, Fort Wayne Police Officer Matthew Gebhardt was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers for being drunk in public.
Standing Wednesday before the Law Enforcement/Fire Fighters Memorial, 1001 N. Wells St., Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Officer Olivia Bays' voice trembled, and she paused briefly as she read the details of Gebhardt's death. Bays – whose friend and partner was killed in January – and 16 other law enforcement officers with Indiana C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) from around the state stopped at noon on their 1,100-mile pilgrimage in remembrance of law-enforcement personnel who have died in the line of duty.
Part of their stop involved reading the names of those officers who were killed in Allen County, followed by a moment of silence to remember them.
This is Bays' first year on the ride. In January her partner, Officer David Spencer Moore, 29, was killed. Like Gebhardt 85 years ago, Moore died from gunfire. Moore was shot during a stolen-vehicle stop. The driver allegedly fired on Moore, whose weapon was holstered, as he and the suspect stood outside their vehicles. Moore was shot four times and died three days later. Thomas X. Hardy, 60, has been charged with murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the case.
"No matter how much it hurts, you just keep going," Bays said.
It wasn't just the 100-mile days in the saddle she was referring to, but the loss of Moore. Bays said Moore was a kind and giving person.
"Now it's my turn to give," Bays said, referring to the ride. Looking around at the other officers in the group Bays said, "This is my family."
So far this year, two Indiana law-enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty – Officer Brent D. Long of the Terre Haute Police Department, and Moore, both from gunfire.
Over the past seven years, the rides have raised more than $250,000 for IN C.O.P.S., with the money going to the families of officers killed on the job.
In 2006, two C.O.P.S. leaders were killed during the ride in Vermillion County after a stop in Fort Wayne. State Police Lt. Gary Dudley and retired Lake County Police Chief Gary Martin died after being struck by a support van that had been hit by a truck. This is the fifth year since their deaths, and the riders will hold a memorial service at the place on Indiana 63 where the two men were killed.
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Originally Created by: MadameB
Record added: Aug 26, 2006
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