Yulee, FL – Fernandina Beach Police Detective Matthew “Matt” Douglass died at his home on May 7, following a lifelong battle with diabetes, according to his department.
“With sadness and respect we report the death of Fernandina Beach Police Detective Matt Douglass,” the Fernandina Beach Police Department (FBPD) said in a Facebook post on May 8. “Matt passed away yesterday at his home in Yulee, after a lifelong bout with Diabetes.”
Det. Douglass, 30, joined the FBPD in 2014, and quickly rose up the ranks.
He was serving on the area’s Multi-Agency Narcotics Task Force at the time of his death.
The Jacksonville-born detective was raised in Nassau County, and was an Eagle Scout in his youth, according to his obituary.
After graduating from Fernandina Beach High School in 2006, he entered and successfully completed the Lake City Community College Police Academy.
He heroically placed himself in harm’s way in July of 2015, when he rescued an injured boater who had fallen into the water.
In order to save the woman, Det. Douglass risked his own safety by placing himself between a concrete dock and the boat, which was being tossed about by the waves.
He was ultimately able to bring the injured woman to safety.
“Matt was most happy serving his community with his fellow officers,” according to his obituary. “He served with honor and distinction.”
Det. Douglass leaves behind his parents, Wes and Donna, as well as his siblings, John and Dax.
He is also survived by his siblings’ spouses, his nieces and nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends.
Det. Douglass was laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Fernandina Beach Police Detective Matthew “Matt” Douglass, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.