Remembering Officer Matt Schmitz
The Maryland Heights Police Department is devastated by the loss of one of our own officers. On Saturday, November 28, 2020, Officer Matthew Schmitz passed due to natural causes. He was a beloved husband to Jill Schmitz, father to Marshall and Paxton Schmitz, son of Charles Schmitz and brother to Christopher Schmitz.
Although Officer Schmitz was a native to Missouri, he came to the Maryland Heights Police Department from the Brooklyn Park, Minnesota Police Department in 1997. Officer Schmitz served with the Maryland Heights Police Department for more than 23 years. He was an exceptional investigator and served eight years in the Detective Bureau, one of which he was detached to the DEA task force. He was a selfless teammate and a great public servant. At the time of his passing, Officer Schmitz was assigned to the patrol unit.
Officer Schmitz received one Life Saving Commendation, seven Awards of Excellence and numerous letters of appreciation during his career. Matt was empathetic, kind and committed to serving the Maryland Heights community. He was an admirable human being who just happened to be a Maryland Heights Police Officer. Officer Schmitz proudly served in the United States Navy. He was stationed on the USS Leader during Operation Desert Storm.
Matt was always quick to bring laughter to the work place and developed close bonds with many of us over the years. One of his best friends at the police department was able to be with Matt and his family during his final hours. In the words of his best friend, “A great guy was taken away from us.” Our main focus has been to support the Schmitz family in any way we can. Matt was a part of our MHPD “family” and we are all still in a state of shock, to say the least.
Officer Schmitz was laid to rest on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. We would like to thank the community for their ongoing support.