We have amazing news to share with you! Officer Arik Matson, who was shot in the line of duty on January 6th, 2020 is coming home on Monday, October 19th, 2020! All are invited to line the sidewalks of State Street (Highway 13) from the Waseca Junior/Senior High School to the Public Safety building to welcome him home, beginning at approximately Noon.
An escort of emergency vehicles will bring Officer Matson past the public in a drive-by so he can see all that came to greet him. PLEASE follow social distancing guidelines and stay on the sidewalks or far off of the roadway. The road will NOT be shut down and normal traffic will continue to be present.
The parking lot of the Waseca Public Safety Building will be closed to the public on Monday, October 19th until 2:00 PM. The Public Safety Building will be closed from 9:30-2:00 PM.
Also, we have a limited number of Thin Blue Line wrist bands with 22 stars on each of them. Twenty-two stars represent Officer Matson’s badge number of 222. These bands are available at the Waseca Police Department located in the Public Safety Building at 303 South State Street. They are free! Please stop in and pick one up before Monday!
Chief Penny Vought offers the following statement: “The day we have hoped for is finally almost here. Arik will soon be home with his family, his law enforcement family and his friends. We have missed him tremendously and will continue to support him as he recovers from his injuries. We would like to acknowledge and express our deepest gratitude to the first responders, doctors and nurses who saved his life. We also would like to thank the numerous retired and current law enforcement officers who watched over him at various facilities and the essential workers who provided outstanding care to him during his healing journey. Lastly, thank you to the countless number of people throughout Minnesota and the United States who have sent their well wishes to Arik and to us. Your support will never be forgotten.”