Matt Ward Exploring On | Matt’s Story
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Matt’s Story

Matt was born in Long Beach, California on Nov 19, 1983. He was a happy, healthy, smart and lively ginger! Growing up in Los Alamitos, he played sports and was involved in scouts and church youth group. During his high school years he played volleyball along side his younger brother Rob. Being only 21 months apart they formed a close bond early on which continued into adulthood; in fact, Rob is a Tustin police Detective after following in his big brother’s footsteps! Matt attended UC Santa Cruz and played on the volleyball team, was an active member of Theta Chi, a service oriented fraternity, where he held the office of Secretary. Majoring in Legal Studies, he wanted a career that would allow him to make a difference. Matt started law school after college graduation but after a semester came to the conclusion that it wasn’t the right time; he wanted to “chase bad guys” instead!

 

Matt joined the LA County Sheriff’s Department and transferred to Cypress Police Department in 2008 where he served as a patrol officer, motor officer, detective, honor guard member, homeless liaison officer, field training officer, and police Explorer Advisor.

 

In between his heartful work, he married, had 2 boys and earned his Master of Public Administration from Brandman University.

 

Matt enjoyed golfing, surfing, any Scottish activity, and spending time with family and friends. His positivity, warm smile, superb work ethic, and infectious humor are greatly missed.

 

Matt left behind his wife, Allison, two boys, Liam and Anderson, loving family, and many dear friends.

 

Matt loved the Police Explorers and they loved him!