Charleston, SC – A petition on Change.org has been started by the partner of fallen Charleston County Deputy Joe Matuskovic with hopes of a permanent memorial to be put in place honoring Joe’s sacrifice. This petition is just days away from the 2nd anniversary of the incident that took Matuskovic’s life. During that same incident, Larry Britton, a long time member with Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Squad and Charleston County Radio Communications Manager, suffered a fatal heart attack while ensuring that the responders from all the responding agencies would be able to communicate with one another.
From the Change.org LINK
On September 08, 2014 Deputy Joseph Matuskovic, along with 5 other Deputies with the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office responded to a disturbance call at 1840 Carriage Lane in the City of Charleston, SC. While attempting to make contact with the suspect, he opened fire on the Deputies from within his apartment with an AK-47 loaded with 7.62mm rounds. Deputy Matuskovic was struck multiple times and was killed. Two years later the City of Charleston, (where Deputy Matuskovic had worked for almost 15 years as a police officer before coming to Charleston County), and Charleston County have yet to erect any permanent memorial or done anything formally to honor Joe’s ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Charleston County. His family, especially his children deserve to see Joe properly memorialized.
I am asking the City and the County to do one of two things: either change the name of Carriage Lane to “Joseph Matuskovic Way”, or to erect a historical marker at the location detailing Joe’s service to the community and his ultimate sacrifice. Please sign this petition and ask all of your friends and family to sign so that I can present this to the leaders of both Charleston County and the City of Charleston. Joe’s service to the community and his sacrifice deserves this. His family deserves this. Please help!