Master Corporal William F. Matt died unexpectedly at home

It is with great sadness that the Delaware State Police announce the untimely death of a trooper.

Master Corporal William F. Matt, 54, a 29-year-veteran of the Delaware State Police, died unexpectedly at his home in Milton on the evening of Monday, July 9.  

“He was a dedicated trooper with a tireless work ethic. He served his country as a proud member of the United States Army and committed his life to serving his community as a Delaware State Trooper. He absolutely loved being a trooper,” said Delaware State Police Superintendent, Colonel Nathaniel McQueen, Jr.  “As we honor his service and mourn the loss of our fellow trooper, we ask the community to keep his family and the members of the Delaware State Police in your thoughts and prayers.”

Matt was hired on September 16, 1988, into the 57th Delaware State Police Recruit Class. He began his career assigned to Troop 6 during his Field Training Officers’ Program, and upon completion, was permanently assigned there to Uniformed Patrol. On April 2, 2001 he was assigned to Troop 7, and the following year, was promoted to Master Corporal. On September 1, 2007, he was assigned as a School Resource Officer to Troops 4, 5, and 7 in Sussex County. In October 2015, he was assigned to the Criminal Investigative Unit at Troop 4 in Georgetown, later returning to Troop 7 in Lewes.