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Hero Down: Bernice Police Officer Matthew North Dies After Suffering Chest Pains

Bernice, OK – Bernice Police Department (BPD) Officer Matthew “Matt” North died on March 20 after suffering chest pains, according to his department.

The 34-year-old officer began experiencing pain in his chest on March 19 and sought medical attention immediately after wrapping up his shift that day, the BPD said in a Facebook post.

He was evaluated at the hospital and discharged the same night, but returned to the hospital the next morning shortly before he passed away.

“It is with the deepest of sadness and disbelief that I write this post today,” the BPD’s post read. “Bernice Police Department lost one of its own this morning. Officer Matt North went home to be with the Lord much sooner than any of us were ready.”

Officer North leaves behind his fiancé, Jaymie, and his children, Joseph and Kimber, according to his obituary.

He is also survived by his mother, brother, niece, and nephew.

“Our hearts are breaking for the North family. We ask you would keep all of them in your prayers at this time of loss and grief,” the BPD said. “Matt, we will miss you every day buddy. Till we meet again my friend…”

Officer North served as a K9 officer in Delaware County prior to joining the BPD, according to his obituary.

In addition to being a member of the 13th District Task Force and an instructor for firearms and concealed carry courses, Officer North was also an ordained minister and Master Mason, his family said.

A fundraising campaign established to help Officer North’s family in the wake of their loss has raised over $2,600 so far.

Officer North will be laid to rest on Thursday.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bernice Police Department Officer Matthew “Matt” North, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Rest easy, hero. We’ll hold the line from here.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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