Sgt. Brian Patrick Matthews of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is someone you’d want to know.
He has worked as an EMT, where 14 years ago he saved the life of someone who went into cardiac arrest.
Matthews also donated a kidney to save the life of his brother Jamie Matthews, a sergeant with the Matthews Police Department.
“I’m the youngest of three, and we are from Charlotte,” Brian Matthews said.
After graduating from Independence High School, Matthews, 39, went to work for a ceramic tile company in Mint Hill. He became a volunteer firefighter in 1994, with the Idlewild Fire Department.
Matthews then became an Emergency Medical Technician and ultimately applied to Mecklenburg EMS Agency, also known as Medic.
“I was there for about 10 years, and went to paramedic school,” he said.
Matthews became a crew chief and continued training to become a member of CMPD’s SWAT Team. “I trained in Bethesda, Md., and here locally,” he said.
Matthews became a combat medic with the Police Department. He took helicopter flight training, then became a police officer.
In April, Matthews will have been with CMPD for 10 years.
He also has completed his Social and Criminal Justice Degree and become a sergeant.
Matthews currently is a member of the North Tryon Division of the Police Department.
“My family is everything to me,” Matthews said, “and I always want to achieve excellence at work.”
Giving a kidney
Matthews’ value for family was displayed when his brother needed a kidney.
Fabry disease is an inherited disease that attacks the central nervous system. It is often referred to as a “storage disorder,” as a certain fatty substance builds up in the body, narrowing blood vessels.
“Some members of my family carry this gene and suffer from the disease,” Matthews said. “My older sister, Sharon, is a carrier, and we knew that my older brother, Jamie, had the disease ever since he was a child. He had infusions of medicines for years, but by last year, he was operating on only about 10percent combined kidney function. He was on a transplant list.”
Matthews secretly had himself tested to see if he could be a donor for his brother, and it was confirmed that he was a match.
Matthews decided to surprise his brother with the announcement that he could give him a kidney at Christmas 2013.
On Feb.19, 2014, the brothers had the surgery. To date, both are doing well and back at work.
Brian Matthews coaches middle-school softball for his daughter, and both his younger children participate in summer swim programs.
“I value spending time with my wife, Emily, and my three children,” he said. “I enjoy golf and hope to get a game in every once in a while.”
The family lives in south Charlotte.
Karen Scioscia is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Karen? Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.