Texas deputy dies in crash on his second day on the job

Deputy Matthew Pierson, 25, was also a volunteer firefighter, is remembered as someone who was “all about helping people, even if he didn’t know them”

Duty Death: Deputy Matthew Pierson - [Norwood, Texas]

End of Service: 08/29/2023

By Joanna Keen

NORWOOD, Texas — A memorial has been set up for a 25-year-old deputy with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office after he was killed in a car crash the morning of Aug. 29.  

The investigation surrounding the cause of the crash is ongoing, but the preliminary report says Deputy Matthew Pierson failed to yield to a semi-trailer at a state highway intersection, according to a department Facebook post.

It was Pierson’s second day on the job, KJAS reports.

The semi-driver was not injured in the crash.

The memorial, a patrol car decorated with Pierson's name, is set up in the Shelby County Sheriff's Office's parking lot. It is open to the public to leave condolences. Surrounding counties and other officers aided in Deputy Pierson's procession, another Facebook post reads. 

Pierson was also a volunteer firefighter and public information officer with the Etoile Volunteer Fire Department

“Matt was all about helping people even if he didn’t know them. He was loved dearly by his fire department family,” Etoile VFD Fire Chief David Wheeler said in a statement.



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