Rosedaler named Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year for 2016

Midtown Post - - News - — Chris Suppa

Last month, Mayor John Tory of­fered his per­sonal thanks to Rosedale na­tive Staff Sgt. Joe Matthews, who was named 2016 Po­lice Of­fi­cer of the Year.

Matthews spent 15 of his 25 years on the job liv­ing near Rams­den Park.

Join­ing Toronto Po­lice Service (TPS) right out of high school, his ca­reer took many forms, from TPS Holdup Squad to TAVIS (Toronto Anti-Vi­o­lence In­ter­ven­tion Strat­egy) to a year work­ing in con­junc­tion with the City of New York Po­lice Depart­ment. He was rec­og­nized by the city for his ac­tions on the night of Aug. 8, 2015, af­ter he an­swered a ra­dio call re­port­ing gun­shots at Muzik night­club near the CNE. Upon ar­rival, he ap­proached a shoot­ing vic­tim in a stopped taxi and ad­min­is­tered first aid while call­ing for an am­bu­lance. Stay­ing calm amidst a hos­tile crowd, even af­ter be­ing punched in the face by one by­stander, Matthews was able to reach the hos­pi­tal with the crit­i­cally in­jured vic­tim, who sur­vived the shoot­ing thanks to his ef­forts.

Matthews is con­fi­dent that any of his fel­low of­fi­cers would have done the same thing in his po­si­tion.

“I won the award out of op­por­tu­nity, not be­cause of me be­ing dif­fer­ent. That night there was about a dozen young po­lice of­fi­cers … run­ning to­ward the sound of gun­shots. I’m very proud of their ac­tions.”

Sergeant Joe Matthews and Mayor Tory

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