Sheriff Honsal Finds Way to Honor Organ Donors Wishes

Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

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Eric Matilton

Eric Matilton was placed in custody at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on November 3, 2023, for brandishing a firearm and a parole hold. On Friday, November 17, 2023, he was found in his jail cell by correctional deputies following an apparent suicide attempt. Rescue efforts were initiated and performed, and he was subsequently transported to the hospital for treatment.

As a result of this incident, Mr. Matilton’s injuries have been determined to be non-survivable.

In the event that an in custody death occurs inside the correctional facility, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and all county law enforcement agencies have signed an agreement to ensure that in custody deaths are investigated by the county’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT). Protocol requires that every in custody death must be fully investigated, including the completion of a forensic autopsy, by a contract pathologist. A forensic examination will be used to make a final determination of the cause of death. This protocol is in place to ensure a transparent, evidence-based investigation is completed and sent to the District Attorney for review.

As Mr. Matilton is an organ donor whose family desires to honor his wishes, Sheriff Honsal consulted with counsel, the District Attorney, subject matter experts and a forensic pathologist to see if there was a way to honor Eric’s wishes. As a result of these consultations, the Sheriff has agreed to have a forensic pathologist involved to pursue the donation of Eric’s organs and perform the autopsy to ensure investigation protocol is followed. The Matilton family was also consulted, and the donor network is now making these preparations.

Upon completion of the CIRT investigation, the Humboldt County District Attorney will review all facts and evidence in this investigation to conclude if there is any criminal liability.

Earlier: Between Policy and Compassion: A Family Asks Sheriff Honsal to Allow Them to Donate Their Son’s Organs Amid Legal Roadblocks

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Kentucky Dave
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Kentucky Dave
2 months ago

Yay, Bill!!

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago

Maybe the public outcry finally got through. This will not, however, in any way change my impression of how corrupt Honsal is. I hope it isn’t too late for the organs to be utilized by the recipients. It is too late for Honsal to ever regain even a shred of respect. I hope the community remembers how corrupt he is should he try another election campaign it the future, and that even if he is the only one on the ballot, vote NO. We can’t afford another term, much less the rest of this term.

I am a robot
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I am a robot
2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

100% agree

Paul
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Paul
2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Please explain your accusations of corruption.

Alf
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Alf
2 months ago
Reply to  Paul

If you haven’t seen his corruption by now, no amount of explanation will help. He is a huge supporter of Rex Bohn, which should be evidence enough of corruption, but he also supported Estelle Fennel. The other corruption, I cannot really talk about on this channel, but what I can say is he has a corruption network of judges, attorneys and other high ranking law enforcement that is indeed criminal. He is indeed the most corrupt Sheriff I’ve ever seen.

Country Joe
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2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

So you haven’t any evidence.

Martin
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Martin
2 months ago
Reply to  Alf

Alf, why do you hate Sheriff Honsal so much?

The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
2 months ago

Humboldt County Head Sheriff William Honsal,

SALUTE..!!!

Thank You very much for this very humanitarian decision and your extraordinary effort to assure that this potential for the gifts of life will actually happen now…

I was a rare opportunity, and you have made the most of it.

The wisdom is evident.

You have honored Eric Matilton’s wishes, and his Family’s wishes, and now many in need may also have their wishes granted…

And, You, SIR, have even granted my wishes…!!!🙂

That, all combined, is quite an accomplishment, considering the terrible loss involved, but this way, hopefully, any additional losses will be minimized to the greatest degree possible.

Many will be eternally grateful for it, as they should be, because saving a life is the ultimate gift…

This action will have the potential to save multiple lives.

I know that I certainly will be forever indebted, on behalf of all those that your honorable decision will ultimately benefit.

You have my utmost respect, SIR…!!!

Sincerely,

The Real Guest

P.S.

As a small token of my appreciation, I will be making a special effort to donate blood on behalf of the HCSO, at the next battle of the Badges blood drive, in your Honor.

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The Real Guest
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The Real Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  The Real Guest

P.P.S…

I forgot to mention…

Hallelujah!

It’s truly good news…

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Korina42D
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2 months ago
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As long as the sheriff’s two week delay didn’t make the organs non-viable.

Mom
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Mom
2 months ago

Has anyone thought to look at the fact that if this person is in jail for these offenses, that possibly we should check the quality of the donor parts so that they don’t actually jeopardize someone receiving them due to drugs or alcohol damage, etc. with the history listed with this person I would hope that the donor company takes it all into consideration instead of making this person out to be some great savior. They could condemn someone because of their bad personal choices prior to the donation of their body. I appreciate the family, wanting to respect his last wishes as long as it doesn’t jeopardize those receiving his donations.

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2 months ago
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K11111
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K11111
2 months ago
Reply to  Mom

First, you really need to evaluate your soul because publicly talking poorly about this stranger says a lot about you.

Second, you are already on the internet. In the time it took you to type that you could have researched the process they go through to test organs before transplant.

Korina42D
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2 months ago
Reply to  Mom

That’s part of the process. Thought that would be obvious.

lyn
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lyn
2 months ago

Thank You …

Martin
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Martin
2 months ago

I praise Sheriff Honsal for what he did to honor organ donors wishes. That was a truly wonderful thing to do. Haters, go back into your caves!