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Name : Dziergowski, Matthew 

Rank: P.O.

Shield #: 29094 Command: 123 Pct.
Date of Death: 1999-02-14   Cause of Death: Auto Accident
 Officer Dziergowski and his three fellow officers were assigned to divert traffic from the West Shore Expressway, due to an overturned tractor trailer, at the entrance of the Korean War Veterans Memorial Parkway. Flares and cones were set out along the West Shore Expressway as well as construction barrels delineating that access to the West Shore was denied.

While in his patrol car at the scene of the accident, Officer Dziergowski observed headlights directly approaching the scene. The vehicle, which was traveling at a speed that was computed at approximately 80 miles an hour, drove directly through the traffic control devices and struck Officer Dziergowski's patrol car on the drivers side front quarter panel.

Because Officer Dziergowski's patrol car was positioned to protect those at the scene, he sustained fatal injuries. His fellow officers sustained serious but not life threatening injuries. Officer Dziergowski, by absorbing the majority of the impact, saved not only the lives of his fellow officers, but the lives of those tending to the overturned tractor trailer as well.

On December 20, 2000, Governor George E. Pataki presented the family of Officer Matthew Dziergowski with the Governor's 1999 Police Officer of the Year Award. The Governor's award is given in recognition of exemplary valor above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Dziergowski is the first posthumous recipient of the prestigious award.

Matthew Dziergowski, a 17 year veteran was the first MOS to die in the line of duty in 1999. He left a pregnant wife and an 8-year-old son. He was 39 years old.
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Comments from Friends    

I remember "Diz" when he was a veteran cop in the 77 pct during the early 90's and I was the newly minted wide-eyed rookie. I remember him distinctly and for me, these are warm memories. I was surprised and saddened to hear of his untimely death. The world seems just a bit smaller now.
— Lt. Leighton A Myrie

I knew Matty most of my life. My sister and his wife have been the best of friends for what seems like forever. I knew him as a quiet, dedicated family man who always, it seems, had two jobs so that he might better provide for those that he loved. My regret is that I didn't get to know him better than I did.
— Det. Emilio D'Addio

Matty,Rest in Peace
— Brian

rest in peace.
— sjs
Posted: November 6, 2006, 9:12 am

Miss you, Matthew. :(
— Rosanne
Posted: September 13, 2007, 5:43 pm

R.I.P Brother
— RC
Posted: February 14, 2010, 6:45 am

it's hard to believe it's 11 years since your gone, rest in peace my friend
— brian
Posted: February 14, 2010, 11:14 am

Matty was a true gentlemen and would always take time out to answer any questions or help you if you needed it. I remember he would go out of his way to make sure you had everything you needed and that he answered your questions or helped you completely until you knew what you were doing. Rest in peace. You are everybody's hero
— Arthur Mark
Posted: May 30, 2011, 6:59 pm

As a young officer I had the pleasure to have worked with Matty ,he was one of the good ones and will always be remembered as such ...RIP
— Andy D
Posted: September 7, 2012, 9:11 am

Matty, 120 Pct Old 4th Squad member, co-worker and great friend. R.I.P.
— Keith Stryker
Posted: June 13, 2013, 4:27 pm

PO Dziergowski, you gave your life to save others. You will never be forgotten. Rest in Peace Matthew we pray for you.
— Tommy
Posted: February 14, 2014, 4:40 pm

Officer Dziergowski was a neighbor of mine, only living a few blocks from my home also being a member of my parish and his child went to the same grammar school that my family did. Even though they were the next generation of OLQP from us, the community never forgets and supports the family whole heartedly. RIP, you will never be forgotten.
— Brian G
Posted: December 27, 2014, 1:45 pm

Matthew we continue to pray for you. Rest in Peace.
— Tommy
Posted: February 3, 2015, 7:51 am

I worked with Matt when I was a snot nosed rookie ,he was one of the good guys who treated you like a human being not like the whipping post many rookies without hooks face now Im retired and its sad that Matt was never able to reach that point but Matt was a true hero and MAN.
— Andy D.
Posted: February 13, 2015, 1:15 pm

Matty, forever a Hero,RIP .You left an impression till this day on this dumb "rookie". Andy D.
— Andy
Posted: March 11, 2016, 12:30 pm

Rest In Peace Matty
— Andy D
Posted: March 22, 2017, 6:27 pm



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