Matthew R. Bond
Pennsylvania State Police
Years of Service:
4 years and 4 months
Cause of Death: Medical Episode
Date of Incident:
January 13, 2000
Date of Death:
January 14, 2000
Matthew R. Bond was born August 8, 1971,
in Greensburg, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania.
He was raised in Meadville and graduated from Edinboro University in 1994. He enlisted in
the Pennsylvania State Police on September 25, 1995, a member of the 98th Cadet Class to
graduate from the Academy in Hershey. Following graduation on March 22, 1996, Trooper Bond
was assigned to Troop B, Belle Vernon, and transferred to Troop E, Erie, on September 5,
In his short tenure with the State Police, Trooper Bond epitomized the image of the
Department. He was awarded the State Police Medal of Honor by Commissioner Paul J. Evanko
during a ceremony on August 27, 1999, for his role in attempting to rescue a woman and her
young daughter who were trapped in their burning home in Harborcreek Township, Erie
County, on December 5, 1998.
Trooper Bond was critically injured on Thursday, January 13, 2000, when the marked police
vehicle in which he was a passenger was rammed from the rear on Interstate 90 in
Harborcreek Township, Erie County. Trooper William Stuckey, operator of the vehicle, had
pulled onto the berm so the Troopers could assist a motorist whose vehicle had slid into
the median. Trooper Stuckey was released after treatment at Hamot Medical Center but
Trooper Bond had received massive injuries and died on Friday, January 14, 2000.
A memorial service held on January 17 at Edinboro University's McComb Fieldhouse was
attended by family, friends and hundreds of law enforcement officers from throughout the
state and from as far away as Delaware and Michigan.
Governor Tom Ridge called the death of Trooper Bond a tragic loss for the people of
Pennsylvania. He stated,
"Although he was only 28 years old, Trooper Bond already had distinguished
himself as an outstanding law enforcement officer and public servant."
He is survived by his wife, Michelle (Shelly) L. Bond of Erie; his mother, Mrs. Vicki
Chandler, and his father, Mr. Daniel Bond, both of Meadville; a sister, Valerie L. Bond of
Pittsburgh; and a stepbrother, James M. Chandler of North Carolina.
Trooper Bond was 28 years old, he
had served four years and four months with the Pennsylvania State Police.