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Giving Honor Where Honor is Due

By:
Carl Ruby

Deputy Matthew Yates devoted 15 years of his life to protecting our community before ultimately losing his life in an attempt to assist a victim of domestic violence. His death is a reminder of the risks that our first responders take serving our community. Deputy Yates should be remembered not only for how he died, but more so for how he lived. Prior to joining the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, both he and his wife served at-risk youth at Osterlen Services for Youth, here in Springfield. He was deeply committed to community service and to being a role model for youth in Clark County.

On August 29th, from 6:00-8:00 Central Christian Church will partner with the Clark County Law Enforcement Advisory Team (CLEAT) to honor Deputy Yates for his 15 years of selfless service to Springfield and Clark County by packing 1,000 meals for Ukrainian refugees for each of his 15 years of service. This project will ensure Deputy Yate’s legacy of serving people whose lives are in danger lives on, both here in Springfield, and among those fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Those who would like to volunteer to pack meals in Deputy Yate’s honor on August 29th may sign up at https://www.ccspringfield.org/rsvp

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