Off-duty deputy legally drunk when he...

Off-duty deputy legally drunk when he died in I-4 motorcycle crash

There are 74 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Feb 15, 2007, titled Off-duty deputy legally drunk when he died in I-4 motorcycle crash. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Last month's death of an off-duty Orange County deputy involved drinking and driving, Florida Highway Patrol said today.

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Bam

Orlando, FL

#90 Mar 19, 2007
Enough is enough! I rarely make posts on these types of pages, but when it comes to Matthew Long and anyone making derogatory statements against him or his character I have to put my foot down. I have only made one post before, but I feel the need to re-emphasize some things about Matthew Long! Matthew wasn't a dirty cop nor was he a bad cop. As a fellow law enforcement officer, I can tell you that he was the best deputy I have ever met, and that he had an incredible natural instinct for people. HE WAS A MAN! I have said before that THIS ONE BAD DECISION SHOULD NEVER BE WHAT DEFINES THIS MAN! He spent every day of his life protecting the people of Central Florida and he did something incredibly foolish. We lost a great man, with a wonderful, giant, and beautiful spirit. His mother lost a son, his sister a brother, and his nieces an uncle. Matthew was incredibly funny and kind, and I love him just as much today as I did the first day I met him. He was my everything. For nine years I can't remember a day that I didn't hear his voice - making me laugh, but he would also chastise me in a firm, but loving way for anything I might have said or done that was wrong. Even if he was mad, he always ended a conversation with I love you or his famous, "Come on smile for me - who's your buddy?", so that you always knew that his heart was with you. The mourning does not diminish because his death was by his own hand, if anything it is intensified! Please don't judge him this way. He was loved so dearly and he is forgiven. God saw directly into his heart and knew the sacrifices he made as a Marine, Deputy, and good man. AND YES - HE WAS A VERY VERY GOOD MAN! I thank God every day that He let us borrow Matthew for a while. He made a tragic mistake, but even if you don't believe it, and many may not have known it, he was a strong man of faith and a believer in God. He protected everyone he knew, but in this case he did not protect himself - the world is a much sadder place. I know that my heart so much sadder since he has been gone
Bam

Orlando, FL

#92 Mar 20, 2007
I'm not saying it was smart or that he wasn't wrong. All I want to say is that bad judgment aside, he was deeply loved. As a cop we see the devastation of irresponsible actions, but that doesn't mean that we manifest perfection in our own lives all of the time. God does not expect us to manifest perfection, He does however expect us to strive towards knowing Him and having an intimate relationship with Him. Matthew certainly did that. He was wrong and his actions could have hurt someone else, but he is forgiven and many of our hearts are broken because of it. If you knew Matthew at all, you would know that he would never intentionally set out to hurt anyone, but just like anyone else we do not intend to hurt people and we do - just like we don't intend to disappoint the people that we love and it happens, and will happen again. Matthew understood that, and put many people in jail for lesser violations. However, he alone must face God for the things he has done here, just as we all must do. Matthew should be remembered for his spirit, not this one action.

Since: Jan 07

Eden Prairie, MN

#93 Mar 23, 2007
He made one mistake that cost dearly. Out of all the times he did something right and helped people, saving lives and making friends and being a friend never got a single thing said about those times, ya'll need to lay off and let the man RIP. He was a good man and missed by everyone who knew him.
RadRyder

Orlando, FL

#94 Mar 23, 2007
Judge not.......
Cast the first stone.......
No one is perfect.
Bam

Orlando, FL

#95 Mar 23, 2007
Thank You SUN & RAD!
Eugene Elliott

Oviedo, FL

#96 Mar 23, 2007
Jay Wheelie wrote:
Kind of hypocritical to be a driving drunk and speeding when you are a police officer.
Quality folks down here in good old FLA.
Truth spoken, electronically. The local cops have terrible examples in their leadership, if can be described as such. They seldom use turn signals and speed without their lights on. The term for the cops in Orlando is the "Opies". Unfortunately, instead of improving the City to meet the level of the County, the County has gone down hill while this chief spends his time bouncing around the globe looking for better burgers and personal business opportunities. He stole 34,000$ in misappropriated funds and was not arrested, they let him repay it months later. Guess his skin color?
Gus

Niceville, FL

#97 Mar 23, 2007
Wow, such nice folks to talk about the dead in such a negative way. If this was old Joe Smith around the corner it would not have made the news and you would not have the opportunity to bash the heck out of him. How pathetic. Get a life and move on.

Since: Jan 07

St Pete

#99 Mar 23, 2007
Eugene Elliott wrote:
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Truth spoken, electronically. The local cops have terrible examples in their leadership, if can be described as such. They seldom use turn signals and speed without their lights on. The term for the cops in Orlando is the "Opies". Unfortunately, instead of improving the City to meet the level of the County, the County has gone down hill while this chief spends his time bouncing around the globe looking for better burgers and personal business opportunities. He stole 34,000$ in misappropriated funds and was not arrested, they let him repay it months later. Guess his skin color?
Why does it always come to down to skin color???
BuckStripes

AOL

#101 Mar 24, 2007
...The Long Green Line salutes our departed Brother. He was a Semper-Fi man who made a tragic mistake...But the grinny ghouls who have been dancing on his grave are one with the maggots which eat at all such hate-filled and degenerate souls...Until you get yours, go suckahochi...
margaritanlime

Winter Park, FL

#102 Mar 24, 2007
BuckStripes wrote:
...The Long Green Line salutes our departed Brother. He was a Semper-Fi man who made a tragic mistake...But the grinny ghouls who have been dancing on his grave are one with the maggots which eat at all such hate-filled and degenerate souls...Until you get yours, go suckahochi...
Buck, don't you know that the holier than thou types never make bad judgement calls, even on their own time. I don't condone drunk driving, for anyone, but he paid the ultimate price, what more can he give?
Plaza

West Jefferson, NC

#104 Jun 27, 2008
Wow... after reading everything everyone has said about Matt a lot of you sure did not know him. Yes, Matt mad a huge mistake and as someone said, he gave himself the death penalty. Losing Matt is a huge loss no matter what any of you want to say or think. No, Matt did not think he was above the law, Matt loved what he did and respected his job, he just made a huge mistake. How many of you have ever drank and truly thought you were okay to drive? I am sure plenty! I've known Matt since 1997 before he was a deputy and he worked hard to get where he was and loved and respected what he did and he was damn good at it! It is a blessing that no one else was involved because if Matt had hurt or killed someone else he couldn't have lived with himself. But believe me, Matt was the deputy you wanted to come to your rescue, he always went above and beyond. Even as a friend you could always count on Matt, whether you wanted to hear it or not he was going to tell you just like it was and not sugar coat it. He was one of the best men I have ever known in my life and I wish I could pick up the phone to talk to him today. He made a mistake so please stop disrespecting him. Someone keeps referring to him as criminal... have you lost your mind? He was far from a criminal!!! You need to choose your words a lot better than that! Matt was a kind & caring human being who made a mistake, that's all! I wish there were more police officers just like him! He was willing to do more than what was ever asked him and he would put his life on the line for you & me anyday of the week.
Matt I love and miss you; rest in peace!
Matt Long

Winter Park, FL

#105 Jun 18, 2009
was a good man. an amazing soul... to all you people who call yourself "Christians", who are you to judge? or cast a stone... I see the hypocrites now!! karma will come to you, just wait and see....

matt was one of the best people I have ever met. he was the type of person that once you met him, you would never forget him. he would never judge you and ALWAYS had a helping hand. always. I miss him more than anything these days. itís terrible to see people speak negative about the dead. you should really stop for a second and evaluate your life. I feel sorry for you people who have the time to speak negative about ANYONE in that matter... its okay... I am sure a loved one of yours will DIE and someone will say something negative and your defense is "you didnít know them" ... just think about that people.......
Kaspc

Canastota, NY

#106 Jan 2, 2012
Eugene Elliott wrote:
<quoted text>
Truth spoken, electronically. The local cops have terrible examples in their leadership, if can be described as such. They seldom use turn signals and speed without their lights on. The term for the cops in Orlando is the "Opies". Unfortunately, instead of improving the City to meet the level of the County, the County has gone down hill while this chief spends his time bouncing around the globe looking for better burgers and personal
business opportunities. He stole 34,000$ in misappropriated funds and was not arrested,
they let him repay it months later. Guess his skin
color?
You know it's people like you that piss me off, he drank to much and drove and yes it was a mistake, but I bet you've done it before. No one on the face of the earth is a saint but for you to act like you now his every action and to say all cops are lazy and speed with out lights and whatever, you really must not know a damn thing, I looked up to and learned alot of things through matt and a few other late officers that made mistakes but when it's all said and done cops are the ones who help you and keep your ass safe, I'm not a fan of the law either but I respect them
Saddened

Blue Ridge, GA

#107 May 31, 2014
Matt was watching my back in Flagler County many times I was in Bunnell Florida doing CPS investigations - I got your back girl. He was funny, kinda, and patient. I was saddened to find out today, May 31, 2014, that he passed away. I had moved away many years ago and lost touch. He will be remembered fondly by me.

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