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LODD: Miss. fire chief dies while battling brush fire

Chief Bill Matthews, 73, was found slumped over the steering wheel of a fire truck; he likely suffered a heart attack

Duty Death: Bill Matthews - [Bassfield, Mississippi]

By FireRescue1 Staff

BASSFIELD, Miss. — A fire chief died while battling a brush fire Tuesday. 

Bassfield Volunteer Fire Chief Bill Matthews, 73, was discovered slumped over the steering wheel of a fire truck; officials said firefighters pulled the chief from the vehicle to perform CPR. A medical examiner said it is likely he suffered a massive heart attack. 

Fire Chief Bill Matthews. (Photo/Bassfield Fire Department)
Fire Chief Bill Matthews. (Photo/Bassfield Fire Department)

“He was a dedicated member of the Bassfield community and will be truly missed,” the state fire marshal posted on Facebook.

Chief Matthews was well-known throughout the community and was a role model to many. 

"When we show up, people know they're not going to get a bill from us. And that's who he was. He was really dedicated to the department, but he was also busy throughout the community," Collins Fire Chief John Pope told the Clarion Ledger


Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Bassfield Fire Chief Bill Matthews and our brothers and sisters with the...

Posted by Mississippi State Fire Marshal on 14hb Februari 2017

I would like to ask prayers for our department tonight as we have a member, a friend , but most important a BROTHER. Please no questions just prayers. RIP BROTHER. We will see you again one day. Thanks.

Posted by Bassfield Volunteer Fire Department on 14hb Februari 2017


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