Sayreville, N.J. Detective Matt Kurtz death determined to be suicide

The Sayreville Police Department  announced on it’s Facenook page the following regarding the passing of Detective Matthew Kurtz.

We are gratified by the outpouring of support that we have received from our community, as well as from our brothers and sisters in law enforcement during this very difficult time. We continue to grieve for the loss of Matthew and his family remains steadfastly in our prayers.

Matthews’s death sheds more light on an insidious predator that has taken his life and so many others in law enforcement as well. Sadly, suicide remains a leading cause of police officer deaths. Thus, the method by which he lost his life does not make our loss any less tragic. In fact, it leaves only a greater void as many questions will remain unanswered.

Matthew was clearly a “cop’s cop”. He was smart, hardworking, a volunteer in our community and a leader within the PBA. Incidents like these cause us to consider that while we have equipped and trained our Officers well for the external forces that remain a daily threat, more remains to be done to reduce those internal factors that are equally threatening.

I am reminded of the last paragraph in the Police Officer Prayer to Saint Michael which reads: “We will be as proud to guard the throne of God as we have been to guard the city of men.” The men and women of the Sayreville Police Department are confident that Matthew is now on that Watch and adeptly handling those duties.

Once again, we greatly appreciate the respectful and considerate support that has been received.

John J. Zebrowski
Chief

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Detective Matthew Kurtz (right), 34, was found shot to death in a parked car around 7.15am near the abandoned Amboy Cinemas in New Jersey. He's pictured with his wife Jamie
Detective Matthew Kurtz (right), 34, was found shot to death in a parked car around 7.15am near the abandoned Amboy Cinemas in New Jersey. He’s pictured with his wife Jamie

In a written statement Chief Zebrowski stated:

“Matthew’s death sheds more light on an insidious predator that has taken his life and so many others in law enforcement as well. Sadly, suicide remains a leading cause of police officer deaths,” Chief John J. Zebrowski said in a written statement. “Thus, the method by which he lost his life does not make our loss any less tragic. In fact, it leaves only a greater void as many questions will remain unanswered.”

A GoFundMe page has been set up to assist the family of Detective Kurtz as he leaves behind a wife and two children. The name of the page is “Kurtz Family Assistance Fund

On March 21st, 2016 we lost an amazing friend, a honored police officer and most importantly a dedicated Husband and Father. This account was started in response to the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and love from all of Matt’s friends and family. All monies raised from this account will go directly to Matt’s widow and children in their time of need.

Sayreville, M.J. Police Department Det. matthew Kurtz E.O.W. 3-21-2016
Sayreville, M.J. Police Department Det. matthew Kurtz
E.O.W. 3-21-2016

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