- Fire Department City of New York
- New York
- Age: 40
- Year of Death: 2014
My husband, Matt Ambelas, was born September 8, 1973. Matt was born and raised in Staten Island, New York.
From a young age, Matt always wanted to be a firefighter. His dream became a reality in 2001. After his rotation, Matt landed a spot at Firehouse 161-81. He spent 13 memorable years at “The Beach.” It was his second home. The amazing firefighters he worked with became a second family to us. He called these men his brothers. In September 2013, Matt was promoted to lieutenant. We were so proud of his accomplishment. One of Matt’s proudest moment was when, in May 2014, he and his fellow firefighters from 211-119 received an award for saving a young boy who was caught in a roll up gate in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. His courage, bravery, and love of the job made Matt an outstanding firefighter.
Matt had a love for many things—music, football, friends—but most of all, our children and myself. We were everything to him. He was an amazing father to Gabriella and Giovanna. He was a wonderful husband to me. Ten years was not enough time with him. He always put our needs before his own.
Matt was a kind, generous, and caring person who would do anything for anyone who needed him. He touched the lives of everyone who knew him. His memory will live on forever, because of all of us who were truly blessed to have known him. I will love him always.
Thank you Grace & Gordon to giving birth to such an Angel & Hero! No greater love than man to give his life for his friends! Thank you Lord also for their gorgeous Grandchildren Gabby & Gigi Xoxo ❤️🔥💙– MWalsh