Tupper Lake, NY - Tupper Lake Police Sergeant Matthew Dana, 27, died at his home on Sunday, August 6. He was off-duty at the time.
Sergeant Dana joined the Tupper Lake Police Department as a part-time officer in 2012, after he graduated from college. He graduated from the police academy in 2013, and became a full-time officer.
Village Chief of Police Eric Proulx said, "Matt was very intelligent; he caught on very quickly". He said that Sergeant Dana "...demonstrated those skills very early on that he could handle being a supervisor.”
In 2016, then Officer Dana was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He worked narcotics, with a determination to rid Tupper Lake of its drug problem. He was a member of the Franklin County Narcotics Task Force. Chief Proulx said, "A lot of my officers looked up to him, even if they were older than him."
He said, “I trusted him to do his job. I trusted his decision making. He made the community a better and safer place to live. He helped take a number of drug dealers off the street and bring them into the justice system."
When he wasn't working, Sergeant Dana liked being outdoors, and enjoyed hiking and fishing. In 2008, he graduated from Tupper Lake High School. He also graduated from North Country Community College in 2010, and the State University of New York - Canton in 2012.
Chief Proulx said that Sergeant Dana wanted to make Tupper Lake a better place, and that “He was an outgoing, enthusiastic, fair person who tried to treat everybody the same way."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Tupper Lake Police Sergeant Matthew Dana, both blood and blue. Godspeed, sir, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.
Sergeant Dana, your life mattered.