Wichita, KS – Wichita Police Department (WPD) Detective Matthew “Matt” Young died on Tuesday, following a battle with cancer.
“It is with great sadness for us to report that the Wichita Police Department has lost one of its finest members, Detective Matt Young,” the WPD said in a Facebook post later that day. “Matt passed away this morning from his tough battle with cancer.”
Det. Young was diagnosed with late-stage pancreatic cancer in January, KWCH reported.
“I was pretty devastated, honestly," the 49-year-old detective told the news outlet in March. "I mean, the thoughts start going through your head about my daughters that I’m not going to walk down the aisle and give away at their wedding, basketball games, things that I’m going to miss...anniversaries with my wife.”
Det. Young’s law enforcement career began in 1994, when he was hired by the Emporia Police Department, according to his obituary.
He joined the WPD in 2000, and spent the next 19 years serving as a patrol officer, honor guard member, bomb squad member, and Sex and Domestic Violence Division detective.
“He cared deeply for the people he served and for the men and women in blue he had the honor to serve beside,” his obituary read.
Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said that the department has “suffered a great loss” with the detective’s passing, KSN reported.
“Matt put up a strong fight against cancer and his smile, helpful nature, work ethic and leadership are going to be missed by everyone,” Chief Ramsay said. “We continue to keep his family, friends and colleagues in our thoughts and prayers.”
Det. Young leaves behind his “high school sweetheart” and wife of 25 years, Laurie, as well as his children, Rebecca, McKenzie, Makenna, Maranda, Maryn, Michael, and Marcus, according to his obituary.
He is also survived by his parents, siblings, two grandchildren, and many friends and extended family members.
“Matt will forever be missed for his love and dedication to his family and to our department,” the WPD said.
Det. Young will be laid to rest on Saturday.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Wichita Police Department Detective Matthew “Matt” Young, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.