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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

LODD LAFD Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight has died while on duty. #CaFire

LAFD Firefighter Fatality Notification
It's with deep regret that we pass on from the Los Angeles Fire Department that a City of Los Angeles Fire Captain has died while on duty. 

Early this morning, Los Angeles Firefighters discovered on-duty Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight unresponsive after his unwitnessed collapse inside the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center. Captain McKnight, age 51 - and a 31 year veteran of the LAFD, was last seen at 0055 hours near the conclusion of a busy five hour watch, where he directly supervised eleven Firefighter/Dispatchers. 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.

 Captain McKnight, a resident of Thousand Oaks, California is survived by his wife, teenage daughter and pre-teen son, as well as two brothers who are active-duty members of the LAFD. Thanks to LAFD's BrianH for the details. Our condolences to all affected. RIP.

Name:  Matthew G. McKnight 

Rank: Fire Captain/Paramedic
 Age: 51
 Gender: MaleStatus: CareerYears of Service: 31
Date of Incident: 08/12/2013
Time of Incident: 0055hrs
Date of Death: 08/12/2013
Fire Department: Los Angeles Fire Department
Address: 200 North Main Street, 18th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fire Department Chief: Brian Cummings

Incident Description: Fire Captain/Paramedic McKnight was found unresponsive while on duty at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communications Center. Although immediately treated by colleagues who performed CPR, applied a defibrillator and instituted advanced life support measures, Captain McKnight was pronounced deceased at a nearby medical center a short time later. The nature of the fatal injury is yet to be determined.

Incident Location: Metro Fire Communications (MFC), 500 E Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA

Tribute is being paid to Fire Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight at

To date, 74 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

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