USFA On-Duty Death: California

United States Fire Administration
16 July 2021

EMMITSBURG, Maryland – The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger, 48, of the Mountain Warfare Fire Department on 16 May 2021.

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
Rank: Firefighter/Paramedic
Classification: Career
Incident date: April 4, 2021
Date of death: May 16, 2021
Cause of death: Exposure
Nature of death: Covid-19
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Residential

The number of on-duty deaths for 2021 currently is 58.

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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