Bridgeport, CT – Bridgeport Police Officer Jarah Matthews-Dixon suffered a heart attack and died in his Stamford home on Saturday night.
"Officer Matthews-Dixon was a great officer, a kind person and he will surely be missed. Our department is very saddened at this time,” Bridgeport Police Chief A.J. Perez told News12.
Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim called the veteran officer’s death a “great loss for the city.”
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Officer Matthews-Dixon at this time, along with all of his brothers and sisters of the Bridgeport Police Department," the mayor said a statement, according to the Stamford Patch.
Scott Appleby, Bridgeport’s director of emergency management/communications and homeland security, said that Officer Matthews-Dixon and his family had deep roots in the Bridgeport community, the Connecticut Post reported.
Appleby said that Officer Matthews-Dixon had “fulfilled his dream of being a Bridgeport Police Officer” on April 21, 2008 and served almost 12 years with the police department.
Most recently, Officer Matthews-Dixon was assigned to the Fusion Center where police work to prevent crime in the city using the city’s camera system, the Connecticut Post reported.
The officer had previously received both a Distinguished Service Medal and a Medal of Merit from his department.
He received the “Courage of CT” from the union that represents Connecticut police officers in 2018 after he helped apprehend a suspect vehicle whose occupants were on their way to commit arson and murder, the Connecticut Post reported.
Officers found a black ski mask, binoculars, and a container filled with gas in the vehicle.
Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont tweeted out his condolences on Monday.
“Our deepest condolences go out to the family, friends and colleagues of @bptpolice Officer Jarah Matthews-Dixon. He dedicated his career to keeping our neighborhoods safe and we are grateful for the service he has provided. #BridgeportPDstrong,” Lamont posted.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bridgeport Police Officer Jarah Matthews-Dixon, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.