Two years have passed since the Colorado Springs Police Department lost one of their own.
Officer Matthew Tyner was killed in a crash on July 24, 2012 while conducting traffic enforcement on Austin Bluffs Parkway. He was the 13th Colorado Springs officer to die in the line of duty since the police department was established.
"Matthew’s outgoing personality and friendship will be sorely missed by all those who knew him and worked with him," the police department said in a statement after Tyner's death.
Mayor Steve Bach said at the time he wished he had been one of those who had known Tyner.
"Matt Tyner wanted other people to have a good day. I wish I could have met him."
Tyner started his career in Kansas City, then joined CSPD in January 1999. He worked his way from being a patrol officer to a member of the Specialized Enforcement Division/Motorcycle Unit.
His friends say Tyner was giving, compassionate and an all-around good person with a love of life.
His favorite quote, Police Chief Pete Carey said, was "Don't be afraid of dying, be afraid of not living."