Hero Down: NYPD Officer Matthew Von Seydewitz Succumbs To 9/11-Related Cancer
New York, NY – Retired New York Police Department (NYPD) Officer Matthew “Matt” von Seydewitz died in the line of duty on Jan. 27, following a battle with cancer that developed after his service at the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on Sep. 11, 2001.
The 49-year-old retired officer was proud of his service to his community and to have been a member of the NYPD, according to his obituary.
He was a “hero” in the wake of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, and was a “treasured friend to many” throughout his entire life, the tribute read.
“Matt always provided a great laugh in the darkest of times. His loyalty and bravery were unmatched,” Kerry O’Connell wrote in a tribute post. “With the deepest love comes the deepest sorrow.”
“He possessed an inner light that was a beacon to his fellow officers through our many hours spent on patrol,” Christopher Jacobellis wrote in another tribute post. “Never a course word for anyone or any hesitation to perform his duty heroically and honorably, Matthew was truly one of the Finest, of the Finest.”
Officer von Seydewitz leaves behind his mother, Joanna, and his siblings, Karen, Nancy, Sharon, Vincent, and Victoria.
He is also survived by his nieces, Melissa, Dana, Alexandra, and Jenny, and his nephews, Stephen, Vincent, Nicholas, Dean, and Gavin.
Officer van Seydewitz was laid to rest on Feb. 1.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of New York Police Department Officer Matthew “Matt” von Seydewitz, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.