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.
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.”