Nebraska Trooper Dies Following Stroke

Trooper Parnell Matthews fell ill during a training exercise on Feb. 23. Editor's Note: Trooper Matthews fell ill during a training exercise on Feb. 23.

OMAHA, Neb. --

An eight-year veteran of the Nebraska State Patrol died Thursday following a stroke he suffered Feb. 23.

Officials said Parnell Matthews, 35, passed away at the Nebraska Medical Center around 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

"This is a sad day for the Nebraska State Patrol Family. Parnell was a dedicated trooper, who loved his job and cherished his family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this difficult time," Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent Col. David Sankey said in a news release.

The Matthews' family said they are thankful for the outpouring of love and support during his illness.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Copyright 2011 by All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • Enhance your experience.

    Thank you for your regular readership of and visits to To continue viewing content on this site, please take a few moments to fill out the form below and register on this website.

    Registration is required to help ensure your access to featured content, and to maintain control of access to content that may be sensitive in nature to law enforcement.