Who is Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa? Emily Matson Husband

Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa is the surviving husband of beloved Erie Pa news anchor Emily Matson, who reportedly committed suicide by train.

The world was shocked Tuesday, December 12th 2023 when news broke about the death of Emily Matson.

Matson had apparently hit by the train early Monday morning in Fairview Township, where she lived. 

The Erie County Coroner’s Office investigated the incident and determined the fatal train strike was a suicide, via TMZ.

The stunning news has rocked her family, fans and the world at large!

Emily Matson is survived by her husband, Fairview Pa police officer Ryan Michael Onderko.

Who is Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa?

Ryan M. Onderko is the surviving husband of late Erie Pa news anchor, Emily Matson.

Ryan Onderko is a police officer in the city of Erie Police Department.

Emily Matson married Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa

Born in May 1973, Emily Matson husband was 50 years old at the time of her death.

According to LinkedIn, Ryan Onderko was a sergeant in Erie PD in Fairview Pa.

He was one of five officers sued by a suspect, Lee McLaurin, who claimed Erie police officers punched him repeatedly and abused him during an arrest.

The suit claims the officers violated McLaurin’s civil rights by punching him at least eight times, slamming him to the ground and knocking him unconscious. 

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Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa married Emily Matson and the couple seemingly had a good marriage until the bombshell news of her death emerged.

According to reports, Matson was killed when she was hit by a train Monday in Fairview Township, where she lived.

According to the Erie County Coroner’s Office, the cause of death was suicide. 

The incident was reported at 12:45 a.m. Monday in the area of Eaton and Tow roads.

Her employers, Erie News Now released a statement: “It is with a very heavy heart that we have learned of the passing of our beloved Erie News Now news anchor Emily Matson.

“Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania. 

“We loved Emily dearly and our hearts go out to the Matson family and her husband Ryan at this time,”

The Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, 4216 Sterrettania Road in Millcreek Township, is handling arrangements. 

Calling hours are at the funeral home from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. 

Dusckas-Martin said a funeral Mass is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Jude the Apostle Catholic Church, 2801 W. Sixth St., in Erie.

Currently, Ryan Onderton Fairview Pa has yet to make any public remarks on the passing of his wife.

Emily Matson had worked at Erie News Now for 19 years, most recently as an anchor of the weekday newscasts at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

She had stunningly been on-air last Friday, which turned out to be her last broadcast before the shocking news of her death was announced.

Reporters at Erie News Now were completely stunned and recalled a top notch colleague who was nothing but a professional.

“She was very, very upbeat,” recalled Paul Wagner, a reporter at Erie News Now for 41 years until he retired in 2020. 

“She was a very positive person. She was always encouraging the new people. She always had a joke for everyone.”

In a tribute on Facebook, one of Matson’s Erie News Now colleagues, reporter Jamison Hixenbaugh, called her death “utterly devastating.” 

“Working side-by-side with her off-and-on for the past 15 years, I can vouch…she was one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met,“ Hixenbaugh said. 

“She was such a talented journalist and anchor, but even more, she was an incredible friend,”

Emily Matson Suicide

emily matson suicide cause of death

Emily Matson was the late wife of Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa, the City of Erie policeman who’s the subject of this article.

Matson was 42 at the time of her death.

The “Erie News Now” anchor was hit by the train early Monday morning in Fairview Township, where she lived. 

The Erie County Coroner’s Office investigated the incident and determined the fatal train strike was a suicide.

Emily was a part of the news team for 2 decades, and was last on the air Friday night. The station broke the news of her tragic death … with the show’s news director, Scott MacDowell, saying, “Emily was a shining light in our newsroom, delivering news with a passion and love she had for the Erie community and Northwest Pennsylvania.”

According to Goerie.com, Emily Matson Erie native, joined WICU-TV, Erie’s NBC affiliate, in 2004 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in communications and media technology from La Roche University in Pittsburgh.

Matson swiftly made a name for herself at Erie News Now, the local news operation for WICU-TV and WSEE-TV, Erie’s CBS affiliate.

She started out working odd hours producing the station’s morning show before moving on to a job as a general assignment reporter. 

She focused on the crime beat whilst In-studio, she was known for mentoring young colleagues and speaking her mind.

In her years on the crime beat, Matson was known for having numerous sources among law enforcement and a good rapport with officers, including Dan Spizarny, the Erie police chief who was a lieutenant in the Erie police’s Criminal Investigation Division when Matson started on the crime beat. 

Matson “was a regular” at the police station when she was a reporter, Spizarny recalled, and it was in this role that she would meet future husband, Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa.

“She was always upbeat,” Spizarny said. “She never had a bad day. No matter how bad the news was that day, she always left making you feel good. You would never see her in a bad mood.”

After becoming one of Erie News Now’s top anchors, Emily Matson also had duties anchoring News Now’s newscasts in Guam and in the U.S. Virgin Islands in the Caribbean, including covering hurricane damage.This would make her a familiar face in the region.

Her colleagues paid tribute to her.

“Emily was fearless and filterless,” said Lisa Adams, a reporter and anchor at Erie News Now for 46 years. 

“I think those were the two things that made her a great member of our news team.”

Adams described Matson as “stunningly gorgeous” but a person who was also “100% herself.” 

As an anchor, Matson “did not suffer fools gladly,” Adams said, and was persistent with reporters in making certain the reports she read on the air were clear and made sense to viewers.

“She expected a lot of herself and expected a lot of other people in the newsroom,” Adams said.

WVLT-TV anchor Christyn Allen, who previously worked with Matson at Erie News Now, described her former colleague as “the brightest light” in a lengthy Instagram tribute.

“I’ve been trying to come up with the words, but it could never be enough. This does not feel real. My coworker, turned friend, turned sister. From the moment I stepped into the Erie News Now newsroom, I knew me and this lady were going to be friends,” she wrote.

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“She was a voice of reason, the brightest light, an insanely hard worker, a goofball and your biggest cheerleader. 

“She was a fiercely loyal friend, and if you were lucky enough to be one of her people, you’d hit the jackpot. 

“She always made sure her people were taken care of. I’m so thankful our paths crossed, and we never lost touch. Your Tennessee Honey loves you forever, Em,”

Aside her professional duties, Matson was also a presence in the Erie community and appeared at the many community events that Erie News Now sponsored, mentoring young aspiring journalists.

One of the journalism programs that benefited from her volunteer work was at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, now part of PennWest. She and others in Erie news media acted as role models for Edinboro students in 2014 under an initiative of Tony Peyronel, then the chairman of the journalism and public relations department at Edinboro.

Ryan Onderko Erie Pa

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Emily Matson’s husband was city of Erie police Sergeant Ryan Onderko Fairview Pa whom as mentioned above, was part of a lawsuit for allegedly manhandling a suspect.

A five-count suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Erie, claims that five officers including Ryan Onderko Erie Pa  violated  suspect, Lee McLaurin’s rights by using excessive force during an arrest.

The suit claims the officers violated McLaurin’s civil rights by punching him at least eight times, slamming him to the ground and knocking him unconscious.

The suit claims the city violated his rights by allowing for “a culture of a lack of accountability” that has created a “policy and custom of turning a blind eye towards police misconduct.”

The police reports claim that McLaurin was resisting arrest. But according to the suit, surveillance video shows he was compliant and that he was struck while other officers were restraining him.

“Mr. McLaurin never engaged in any action which could possibly justify punching him in the head and face at least eight times, while his arms were restrained by two other officers,” the suit claims. 

It claims the police officers’ “conduct was wanton, reckless, dangerous and violated standards for police conduct,” the suit claims.

The suit names as defendants the city; Erie police Officer Nicholas Strauch, who struck McLaurin, according to the video and information presented at a pretrial court hearing in McLaurin’s criminal case; Erie police officers Nick Bernatowicz and Joshua Allison, who pointed his service gun at McLaurin during the arrest, according to the suit and video; Erie police sergeants James Bielak and Ryan Onderko; Todd Manges, a detective with the Erie County District Attorney’s Office; and several unidentified Erie police officers, listed with the name of John Doe.

Ryan Onderko wife Emily Watson obituary

Emily watson obituary

Emily Watson obituary below is provided by Goerie.

Emily E. Matson Onderko, age 42, of Fairview Twp., passed away on Monday, December 11, 2023. 

Emily was a Shining Star at WICU and WSEE TV anchoring the news for many years. 

She is survived by her husband Ryan Michael Onderko, Erie, Fairview Pa police officer. 

Visitation will take place on Friday, December 15, 2023 from 3 P.M. until 8 P.M.. at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Road, Erie, PA 16506. 

A Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, December 16, 2023 at 10 A.M. at St. Jude R.C. Church, 2801 West 6th Street, Erie, PA 16505. Private interment. 

Emily’s full obituary will run tomorrow in Thursday’s, December 14, 2023 Times News edition.

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Emily also had a personal biography up on Erie News Now’s website which reads…

I must be dreaming!  An anchor gig in my hometown! I am so happy to be in Erie, telling the stories which impact my neighbors every day.

I started my career with WICU 12 working the wee hours of the night. For the first two years of my career, I produced the morning show with Mark Soliday. I was sad to leave the morning crew, but excited when offered the reporter job I’d been striving for.

As a general assignment reporter, I focused on the crime beat since my first day on the job, and I love it! I feel I’m really making a difference in the Erie community, meeting new people, and telling the stories that affect everybody every day.

One of the things I love about my job is that no single day is EVER the same. I love breaking news situations. In fact, twice I received an “Outstanding Spot News” award from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

You’ll find me now on the anchor desk at 7:00 and 11:00. Having fun at 7:00 with John Stehlin talking about the trending stories of the day, then sitting beside Mike Ruzzi for Erie’s #1 nightly newscast!

But you won’t always see me just sitting behind the desk, I love the opportunity to get out and continue telling stories in the community.

I’ve been with Erie News Now for 17 years now, and I absolutely love having the opportunity as a journalist to tell the stories which matter to YOU. Please feel free to email with your story ideas.

Erie Pa

The below is culled from the Wikipedia entry for Erie Pennsylvania.

Erie is a city on the south shore of Lake Erie and the county seat of Erie County, Pennsylvania, United States.

Erie is the fifth-largest city in Pennsylvania and the largest city in Northwestern Pennsylvania with a population of 94,831 at the 2020 census.

The estimated population in 2023 had decreased to 92,732.

The Erie metropolitan area, equivalent to all of Erie County, consists of 266,096 residents. 

Erie is located approximately 80 miles (130 km) from Buffalo, 90 miles (140 km) from Cleveland, and 120 miles (190 km) from Pittsburgh.

The city is accessible to the oceans via the Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River network in Canada. 

The local climate is humid, four-seasonal, and snowy, with warm summers and harsh winters, owing to its southern lakeshore location.

The city was named for the Native American Erie people who lived in the area until the mid-17th century.

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