MADISON COUNTY, TN (WMC) - The Tennessee Highway Patrol is in mourning after the loss of one of their own.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Matthew Gatti, 24, of the Memphis district was killed in a crash on I-40. It is unclear if anyone else was injured.
Officials say around 3:30 p.m. Gatti was on I-40 in the eastbound lane when he lost control of his car and slid sideways into a tractor trailer. The car then spun out of control and struck another tractor trailer near mile marker 74.
Gatti was pronounced dead on the scene.
Gatti leaves behind a wife, three siblings and his parents.
“You know you’re supposed to go before your children, but one thing I know for sure, Matt knew what it meant to protect and serve. He loved people. He loved the folks he worked with. The last pic I have of my son is last night at church, that’s what I want him to be remembered as. Everything he did was for someone else and for his God,” said his father, Chris Gatti.
THP released the following statement after Gatti’s crash:
“Our hearts are filled with much grief and sadness. The family of Trooper Gatti is in our deepest thoughts and prayers. Please keep Trooper Gatti, his family and friends in your hearts and prayers.”
Gatti had only been on the job for a little less than a year after starting his career as a corrections officer in Madison County.
“I was the one that selected him for the Memphis district, outstanding young man, 24 years old but carried himself way more mature than a 24-year-old would," said Capt. Jimmy Johnson.