Fallen Police Officer Remembered Through Student Scholarship

The Wilmington Police Recreation Association has donated $500 to CFCC in honor of fallen officer Richard Matthews. Officer Matthews was killed in the line of duty on the morning of February 18, 2009 when he lost control of his police car on Shipyard Boulevard on the way to back up another officer.

The Officer Richard Matthews scholarship is awarded to a second year CFCC student enrolled in the criminal justice degree program. Dennis and Margaret Matthews, parents of Richard Matthews, recently attended a presentation to CFCC in their son’s honor. CFCC student Samenthia Jones has been awarded the scholarship for spring semester 2011.

Warren Kennedy, Vice President of the Wilmington Police Recreation Association, described Officer Matthews as “one of the friendliest people you could meet. He always had a smile on his face. Many of the Wilmington police officers volunteered but Matthews was always one of the first to sign up and even participated in Santa Cop just weeks before his death.”

Kennedy also said that Matthews would be honored knowing that a scholarship awarded in his name was helping people that he didn’t know to become future law enforcement officers. “He was never one to bring light upon himself, but I’m sure he would be proud to help those in need,” Kennedy said.

For more information about the College, Foundation, endowments, or scholarship opportunities, please contact the Cape Fear College Foundation at (910) 362-7331 or visit www.cfcc.edu/foundation