Firefighter Fatality Notification – Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger

Firefighter Fatality Notification

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The U.S. Fire Administration has received notice of the following firefighter fatality:

Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger


Mountain Warfare Fire Department
Bridgeport, CA

Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger contracted COVID-19 while on a medical call from a patient with a known case of the virus. He passed away on Sunday, May 16, 2021.

Age: 48

Gender: Male

Status: Career

Years of Service: 30

Date of Incident: April 4, 2021

Date of Death: May 16, 2021

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