THE FOLLOWING IS REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM THE BLOG OF THE LOS ANGELES FIRE DEPARTMENT. oUR PRAYERS AND SYMPATHIES GO OUT TO THEM AT THIS MOMENT OF PROFOUND LOSS. WE ENCOURAGE YOUR PRAYERS FOR THE LAFD AND THE McKNIGHT FAMILY. MAY OUR FALLEN BROTHER REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.
|LAFD Captain/Paramedic Matthew McKnight
On Monday, August 12, 2013 at 1:07 AM, Los Angeles Firefighters discovered on-duty Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight unresponsive after his unwitnessed collapse inside the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center at 500 East Temple Street in Los Angeles.
Captain McKnight, age 51 – and a 31 year veteran of the LAFD, was last seen at 12:55 AM near the conclusion of a busy five hour watch, where he directly supervised eleven Firefighter/Dispatchers in overseeing the life safety needs of America’s second-largest city.
Despite an exhaustive effort by colleagues who immediately performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Captain McKnight proved beyond medical help and was declared dead Monday morning at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.
Memorial arrangements are pending. Updated information will be posted here on the LAFD News & Information blog as soon as it becomes available.
The members of your Los Angeles Fire Department are deeply appreciative of the kindness and support of so many at this difficult time. Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence, are encouraged to post their sentiments below or via Facebook.
Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department