Members of the Arcadia Police and Fire Associations honored slain Arcadia Police Officer Albert E. Matthies yesterday with the reveal of a new headstone at Matthies' gravesite. Family members, to include Officer Matthies' daughter, Zora Kristufek, her daughter Roxanna Perez, and her granddaughter Sheryl Straub, were all in attendance. Two former Arcadia Police Chiefs, Neal Johnson and Bob Sanderson, joined current Police and Fire Cheifs Bob Guthrie and Tony Trabbie, Arcadia Mayor Bob Harbicht, City Manager Dominic Lazzaretto, members of the police and fire departments, and others, to mark this 85th anniversary of Officer Matthies death.
APOA member, Officer Daniel Tea, spearheaded the project and was honored to assist Zora at the ceremony (pictured below). Zora was only 6 years old at the time of her father's murder in 1927. Officer Matthies also served as the Assistant Fire Chief during his tenure. During this period, the police and fire departments were joined as a single agency in Arcadia.
Live Oak Memorial Park played a key role in assisting the APOA and AFFA in making this honor possible. Live Oak Memorial Park is located in Monrovia and is where Officer Matthies was laid to rest.