Jul 31, 2012 9:23 PM by Bill Folsom
Officer Matthew Tyner was honored and remembered Tuesday at his funeral service. The officer with the Colorado Springs Police Motorcycle Enforcement Unit was killed last week in an accident while on duty.
Several speakers referred to one of Tyner's favorite sayings: "Don't be afraid of dying, be afraid of not living." He was just 42 when he died, but tributes made it clear he lived his life to the fullest.
"He was a great cop, he was smart, he was safe he was a guy that I liked," said colleague and friend Officer Matt Singels. Part of his tribute was admitting that at first he said no to speaking at the service. "I realized I wouldn't be able to do Matt's life justice." In the end he stepped up to honor his friend and offer a tribute to the guy with a "big smile."
Police Chief Pete Carey told about an officer who dedicated to helping people. There was a woman he pulled over, ticketed, and then learned it was here birthday. "He asked if he could sing Happy Birthday, and he did. It made her day," said Carey.
There were hundreds of officers who traveled from agencies across Colorado to attend the funeral and honor a fellow officer. There were also officers who came from Kansas City. Tyner worked there for three years before joining the Colorado Springs Police Department. Chief Carey said he was looking at what is called the "thin blue line." He says it is an understanding among law enforcement. Speaking to the officers in attendance Carey said, "Know your presence speaks volumes to us and Matt's family."
Tyner is remembered as an officer who loved the serving the community and also loved life. He enjoyed life's adventures even more if he got to do things with friends. His friends say a part of Matt will always remain with them. "We're never going to forget you," said Singels