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WATCH LIVE: Community pays respect to fallen deputy

Posted at 5:37 AM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2020-01-14 10:15:49-05

FALLS COUNTY, TX — Family and friends of fallen Falls County Deputy Matt Jones are gathering at the First Woodway Baptist Church Friday morning to lay Deputy Jones to rest.

25 News will provide a Facebook and on-air stream of Deputy Matt Jones' funeral on Friday, Oct. 18.

The funeral service is set to start at 11 a.m. on Friday at the First Woodway Baptist Church. They will then proceed to Gerald Cemetery in Elm Mott for the burial service.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is providing the Honor Watch for fallen Deputy Jones. Members of the Falls County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard are serving as pallbearers.

During the service, several law enforcement officials paid their respects for Deputy Jones.

Falls County Sheriff Ricky Scaman gave an emotional speech and poem about his deputy.

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Deputy Jones' mother, Debbie Jones, recorded her speech to be listened to at the funeral.

She spoke of how kind, strong and sweet Deputy Jones was.

"We will see you again with that big smile, and those big blue eyes, and I will receive that big, strong hug from you once again," said Debbie.

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Deputy Matt Jones died on Oct. 11 after he was struck and killed by a vehicle on Highway 6. He was assisting Riesel Police Chief Danny Krumnow on the call.

Another vehicle was approaching the scene and hydroplaned on the wet road surface. The vehicle then struck both Deputy Jones, who was killed, and Chief Krumnow, who is seriously injured.

Deputy Jones is survived by his wife, parents and siblings. He was with the Falls County Sheriff's Office for four years.

To stay up to date on the funeral, and to see pictures, click here.

For all donations, the 100 Club Heart of Texas is receiving them for Deputy Jones and Chief Krumnow. Click here to donate.

The 100 Club Heart of Texas is a nonprofit organization that raises funds to help pay for funeral expenses, debt and other expenses for the family of first responders killed in the line of duty in McLennan County.

The organization was established in 2012.

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Deputy Matt Jones' obituary

Matt was born February 7, 1989 in Waco to Ronnie and Debbie Coleman Jones. He attended Connally High School and TSTC in Waco. Matt joined the Falls County Sheriff’s Department in August 2015. He was a four year veteran of the force as a K-9 deputy at the time of his death.

Matt met the love of his life, Courtney Travis, at West Fest. They were married October 31, 2015.

Matt was not only a proud public servant who was respected by all who knew him, but he was also an avid outdoors-man who loved to hunt, fish, ride his ATV and was also a Jeep enthusiast.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joan and Ronald Coleman; great-grandparents, Jessie and C.M. Freeman; aunt, Judy Varga; uncle, David Weinberger; and cousin, David Varga.

Matt is survived by his wife, Courtney of Waco; his parents, Ronnie and Debbie Jones of Waco; brothers, Brandon and his two children, Hunter and Avery, all of Waco and Stephen and wife, Melissa and their child, Sylee, all of Tool; grandparents, Don and Gloria Jones of Waco; his mother-in-law, Jeannie Stafford; numerous, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; and a large extended family and host of friends. Matt is also survived by his K-9 partner, Thor; and his Basset Hound, Flash.

Honorary pallbearers will be Brandon Jones, Stephen Jones, Kyle Roper, Lisa Cunningham, Colton Massey, Colton Cunningham, Josh Roberts, Justin Janskey, Hunter Jones, Sylee Jones and Avery Jones.

Pallbearers will be the Falls County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard.