Jefferson County Man Granted Last Wish to Become a Police Officer Passes Away

Matthew Isaac MinichREYNOLDSVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – Matt Minich, the Reynoldsville man who got to fulfill one last wish to become a police officer, died Wednesday at his home.

Minich, 30, was surrounded by his family in his last moments.

Minich was diagnosed with stomach cancer in June 2016 and started treatments.

Complications arose about a month ago and Minich’s cousin, Ryan Ashbaugh, a Lieutenant with the Sugarcreek Borough Police Department in Venango County, spoke with Chief Matt Carlson about Minich’s desire to become a police officer.

They worked to make Matt’s wish a reality, and on Tuesday, January 24, Minich was sworn in as an honorary member of the Sugarcreek force.

He rode along with Ashbaugh for the day, making traffic stops.

“The family is thankful that he is not suffering anymore and the support he and the family received during this difficult time was very meaningful,” Ashbaugh said.

According to Lt. Ashbaugh, Minich was inducted into the Fraternal Order of Police Tri-City Lodge #50 Wednesday night.

Ashbaugh will represent Sugarcreek Borough at Minich’s services Friday.

While no definite plans have been made, Ashbaugh said there may be a benefit to help the family with the cost of his funeral and final arrangements.

Minich was a Punxsutawney native and graduate of Punxsutawney Area High School.


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