Vernon Matthew (Matt) Williams

  • "March 31, 2017 Hi Matt, the 28th would have been your 50th..."
    - Nancy Williams
  • "You're still in our thoughts Matt and will always be one of..."
    - Kathy Bell
  • "RIP Matt and Diogi . I will never forget that day when we..."
    - Margie Legg
  • "RIP Matt and Diogi! You have been guarding the streets of..."
    - Mary Jerome
  • "Thank you for your service Matt and Diogi. May God bless..."
    - Michelle Browning

LAKELAND -- Polk County Deputy Vernon Matthew (Matt) Williams, died in the line of duty on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2006. He was 39.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy, their three children -- a 19-year-old son and 16-year-old twins, a boy and a girl.

Williams became a deputy in 1994.

"I knew him well. He was a nice person and an excellent deputy," former Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow said. "He was always one of the first K-9 deputies on the scene, one of the first to pursue a suspect."

Williams' German shepherd K-9, Diogi, was also killed Thursday.
Published in Ledger from Sept. 28 to Sept. 30, 2006
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