JACKSON, TN (WSMV) - A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper was killed in a crash Monday while responding to a call. The wreck happened at mile marker 74 on I-40 Eastbound in Jackson, Tennessee.
24-year-old Trooper Matthew Gatti of THP's Memphis District was responding to a call when his vehicle slid into the back of a tractor trailer. Gatti's car then spun out of control and hit another tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The last picture I have of my son was last night at church,” said Chris Gatti, Matthew’s father. “That's what I want him to be remembered as -- everything he did was for someone else and for his God."
Captain Jimmie Johnson of the Memphis district THP says Trooper Gatti was stationed in Haywood County at the county scale facility. June would have marked one year as a trooper.
"He was an outstanding young man at 24 years old and carried himself way more mature than a 24 year old would,” said Cpt. Johnson. "Trooper Gatti was an asset to our district. He was young, he was energetic, and he was always trying to learn and requesting specialized schools to further his education on our highway patrol."
Before becoming a member of THP, Gatti worked with the Sheriff’s Department at the correctional facility in Madison County.
"I've been captain three years and its the first time I've had to go through this and hopefully it's the last,” said Cpt. Johnson.
Trooper Gatti leaves behind his wife Anna, his two parents and his three younger siblings all of whom are teenagers. One of his siblings is currently a heart patient at Monroe Carell in Nashville.
"Matt's life with us on earth has ended but his legacy will live on,” said Chris Gatti. “I believe that with all my heart that his affecting people and changing their lives is going to outlive him because that's all he was about."
THP has set up peer counseling services throughout the department for those troopers needing help during this tough time.