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Congressman David Kustoff

Representing the 8th District of Tennessee

Kustoff Speaks on House Floor to Honor Life of Trooper Matthew Gatti

May 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman David Kustoff (TN-08), spoke on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives to honor the incredible life of Trooper Matthew Gatti. 

To watch the full speech, click here.

Full Remarks:

“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise today to honor the incredible life of Trooper Matthew Gatti of the Tennessee Highway Patrol

On May 6, 2019, just a week or so ago, while responding to a call for help on Interstate 40 in Tennessee, Trooper Gatti was killed in the line of duty.

Matthew Gatti will be remembered to West Tennessee and our entire nation as a dedicated public servant, husband, son, brother, and a friend to all.

Although just 24 years old, Trooper Gatti had an incredible and impressive career of service. 

He served with the Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson, Tennessee and then began working for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Other than serving others, he was passionate about hunting, baseball, comedy, and he was an active member at Gospel Light Baptist Church in Jackson, Tennessee

Trooper Gatti lived a life that very few have the honor of living.

According to those who knew him best, Trooper Gatti’s willingness to serve and his constant sacrifice for others was of second nature to him.

He exemplified duty and service both on and off the clock, and for that, I am truly grateful.

He had a deep love for his church and his strong faith could be seen in everything that he did. His friends described him as a humble gentleman who would say or do anything to lift your spirits.

Matthew leaves behind his loving wife-Anna Caroline Gatti, his parents-Christopher and Christy, sisters-Hannah and Esther, brother-Joshua, his mother and father in-law Kim and Frankie Lax, and his grandparents. 

Matthew was a blessing to our community and his life of service was an inspiration.

Trooper Gatti died doing what he loved doing-protecting people, protecting his community, and protecting the state of Tennessee.

And although his life on earth has ended, his legacy will live on.

My thoughts are with his family, with his friends, and with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

I would also like to thank all the men and women in uniform who risk their lives each and every day to protect all of us, for our safety, and for our betterment.

Matthew Gatti will never be forgotten.”