Family, friends and fellow officers say goodbye to WPD detective

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Oct.5, 2019

An emotional and final farewell as family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers said goodbye Saturday to Wichita Police Detective Matt Young.

Young died earlier this week after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Hundreds gathered along Rock Road for a procession filled with Wichita police officers and Sedgwick County deputies.

A man who attended the procession says it means a lot to show support to first responders at a time like this.

"Always good to support people who protect and serve your community. Whether its firefighters, animal control, public works, they're all out here to support you, so its always nice to come out and support them," said John Hooper Jr.

Donations can still be made on the family's behalf to the Honore Adversis Foundation.

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019

Funeral services for Wichita Police Detective Matt Young are set for 10 a.m. Saturday (Oct. 5) at Central Christian Church (2900 N. Rock Road).

The Wichita Police Department says a private graveside ceremony will happen after the approximate hour-long service.

"A large presence of law enforcement officers from WPD and surrounding areas are expected. Community members are encouraged to show support for Matt’s family by safely lining sidewalks along the processional route as vehicles leave the church and drive to the graveside," the department says.

The procession from the church travels north on Rock Road before heading east on Kansas Highway 254.

“WPD suffered a great loss with the passing of Detective Matt Young,” Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said. “Matt put up a strong fight against cancer and his smile, helpful nature, work ethic and leadership are going to be missed by everyone. We continue to keep his family, friends and colleges in our thoughts and prayers," the department says.

In lieu of flowers, Young's family request support be made through the Honore Adversis Foundation, 477 N. Seneca Street, Wichita, KS, 67203.

You can also donate to the organization via its website.

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Oct. 1, 2019

A Wichita police detective diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January has died.

According to the Facebook page, Matt Young Cancer Crusaders, "Matt, in true Matt Young fashion, gave it his all in getting where he knew he was going. Matt went peacefully to Heaven early this morning."

In March, the community gathered around Det. Young and his family and helped build a fence - a project that was brought to a halt once Young learned he had six weeks to six months to live following his diagnosis.

We talked to Young at that time. He told us he wasn't afraid of dying, especially knowing he was in a dangerous line of work, but he said he didn't want to leave his family.

“I was pretty devastated, honestly," Young said in March. "I mean, the thoughts start going through your head about my daughters that I’m not going to walk down the aisle and give away at their wedding, basketball games, things that I’m going to miss...anniversaries with my wife.”

That same month, a benefit concert raised $55,000 for the Young family. The detective and his wife, Laurie, attended the event. They even took to the floor and shared a few dances.

“The first week, every morning I woke up, I felt like I was waking up to a nightmare instead of from a nightmare," Laurie explained. "But my perspective has changed. We’re enjoying every day.”

Donations can still be made on the family's behalf to the Honore Adversis Foundation.

"Thank you for your continued prayers for strength and comfort for all our family and all those who love him," continues a message on the Cancer Crusaders page.

Services are tentatively set for Saturday at 10 a.m. at Central Christian Church in Wichita.