In Memory of Mathew Little (Bravo 114)

Early in the morning, on May 16, 2011, CIS Protection Officer Mathew Little was murdered while performing a routine patrol of Mariner’s Pointe Apartments in South St. Petersburg. CIS dispatchers contacted the St. Petersburg Police Department when they couldn’t get Mathew to respond to radio calls. CIS was notified at approximately 2am that St. Petersburg Police Dept had found Officer Little’s body.

Mathew normally worked the 15th Street corridor in the USF area of Tampa. He was in St. Pete covering a shift for a fellow officer who had been deployed for military reserve duty, along with approximately 30 other CIS officers. He had covered this shift before, and was familiar with the area.

Mathew was a 2 year veteran of CIS who took pride in the de-escalation techniques he used to diffuse emotionally charged situations. He was well liked and respected by the community he served and by the CIS family. He was the type of officer who had no problem covering when needed.

The kids who knew Matt, who they affectionately called “Chicken Little,” are devastated by his loss, as are their parents. For many of them, he was the only positive male role model in their lives. In true CIS spirit, other officers in the sector have stepped up to spend extra time with these kids to help them come to terms with this tragedy

The way Matt first came to CIS speaks volumes as to the type of person he was. He originally interviewed with CIS in early October of 2009. He was told that due to his lack of a G license, and, military or law enforcement experience, he would either by hired as a Romeo, or not eligible for employment.

In the middle of October, Mathew emailed HR to notify them that he had completed the G license course at S2 on his own and based on that, as well as his Bachelor of Science Degree from USF, he would like to be reconsidered for employment. Within days he was called in for an interview. This was someone who really wanted to work for CIS and did what he needed to do to make that happen.

Mathew was smart, well liked, and great at his job. He was 26 years old with a bright future in front of him. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office was in the final stages of his application process and he was set to marry his fiancé Suzie on 11/11/11.



About Mathew

Dear Mr. Poulin:

It is with sincere sadness that we learned of the untimely death of Private Security Officer, Mathew F. Little. On behalf of the Hillsborough County Sheriff''s Office, I would like to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to Officer Little's family, friends and co-workers.

May your entire department find some comfort in knowing your loss is shared by all law enforcement officials. Our prayers and sympathy are with all of you during this tragic time.

David Gee
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department

On behalf of all of our families here at Pinellas Autobody & Service, Inc., we wish to express our deepest condolences on your loss of a hard working employee, a trusted friend & most importantly a beloved family member.

Your Friends,
Pinellas Autobody & Service, Inc.

Dear KC,

I'm writing to express my deep sadness upon reading of the death of Officer Little. My heart aches for you and your colleagues, as well as his family. Please accept my heartfelt condolences.

I hope this finds all well with you, your family and & CIS -- whatever this can mean under the sad circumstances.

Warmest Regards,
Mary Samuel Reid, Ph.D

Dear KC, Friends and the Family:

I was so very sorry to hear about your fine securit officer. Police work and security have been my whole life. Therefore, I feel for you all. I know that times are very difficult and I wish that I could be there for you all. Unfortunately, I will be away for the next week or so in New York visiting family.

All of our friends and colleagues will be praying for you all and hoping to comfort you in this difficult time. I hope that great memories, faith and togetherness uphold you all and carry you through.

Please accept this donation on behalf of me and my family for a reward program and/or memorial in his memory!

God Bless...
Leonard H. Miller

I am saddened and shocked to hear of Mathew Little's death. Please accept my sincere condolences. On behalf of ALERT Protective Services family, please accept our deepest sympathy.

Enclosed, please find a check for the Mathew Little Scholarship fund.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they deal with his untimely passing.

Jeff Haidet
ALERT Protective Services