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National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Roll of Honor

Fire Equipment Operator
Age: 30
Year of Death: 2007

Matthew Richard Will

Matt married Diana in 1997. They had two kids‚ Trysten and Elsie.

The Will’s moved to Hollister in 2003 and became part of the CalFire family. His humor was contagious-no one was spared. At 6′ tall‚ 240 pounds‚ Matt often mentioned his ‘girlish figure’.

On October 8‚ 2007 Matt was called to a fire in Monterey‚ CA. When Matt’s dozer rolled‚ he sustained head injuries and died the next day.

Matt’s family is proud that many of his organs were donated. On the job‚ he saved property and lives; later‚ he gave new life to 5 others.

Matt is missed every minute of every day by his wife‚ children‚ family‚ friends‚ co-workers‚ and a world that needs laughter and heroics.

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  1. As the years have past there is still not a day that goes by without thoughts of you. We miss you so very much!

    – Debbie Will
  2. Thinking about you today and wonder how much better my life would be if you were still in it. You are still missed even after 11 years… Love you man!!

    – Jen B.
  3. You give me strength everyday to push through. I miss you every second of everyday!

    – Elsie will
  4. I carry on the values and traditions that Matt taught me every day. I feel Matt passed along many of the traits of a a good firefighter and a great human being. I have sworn to work every day at being a better person and sharing with others the valuable lessons I have learned. I never shall forget you Matt Will. You are missed my friend.

    – Matthew Lumadue
  5. Honestly, I was driving by when I saw this name on a road that was dedicated to him. I have to say thank you for your service, sir. Your sacrifice will not be in vain… You shall be honored a hero forever.

    – Henry Lopez