The Springfield City Commission has officially declared July 24 as Deputy Matthew Yates Day each year in Springfield.
That was the day Yates died after he was shot and killed by a man when Yates went to check out reports of gunfire at a mobile home park.
Yates was a Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy for 15 years.
“The community is deeply moved and deeply hurt by what happened,” Mayor Warren Copeland said.
“Matthew was a great young man. He was a valuable asset to this community,” Otis Williams, Yate’s uncle said at the meeting.
The commission also said a prayer at the meeting for Yates’ sacrifice.
Deputy Yates’ widow, Tracy, accepted the proclamation.