COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Friends and colleagues are remembering Matthew Tyner, a Colorado Springs Police officer killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday.
"He was certainly an outgoing officer, he was well-liked and respected by his peers, he loved riding the motorcycle," said CSPD Commander Skip Arms.
Officer Tyner was trying to pull someone over on Austin Bluffs Parkway when a pickup truck turned in front of his motorcycle. The Major Accident Unit is still investigating.
Arms said Tyner was well-known at the police department because he was an instructor at the training academy. Police across the state have joined with Colorado Springs police officers in wearing black mourning bands over their badges.
"It certainly is a tragic event, and it's an impact on all of us because law enforcement really is a family," said Arms.
At a memorial near where Tyner died, even total strangers were visiting Wednesday, leaving a memento and paying their respects.
Former CSPD officer Phil McDonald went through the training academy with Tyner, and called him a wonderful man.
"It sure breaks your heart," said McDonald. "Matt loved life, he loved to live, doing what he enjoyed. He was very passionate about work."
Passionate about a position that can easily prove dangerous.
"He, as all of the motorcycle officers, know they are taking certain risks by being on the motorcycle unit," said Arms. "That is certainly a high risk. They know that, they accept that, and they still want to serve the community."
Before moving to Colorado Springs, Tyner worked for the Kansas City Police Department. Friends said he moved after falling in love with the city and the mountains.
There will be a memorial service for Tyner at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at New Life Church.