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Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger


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.

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

Department information

Mountain Warfare Fire Department
HC 83 BLDG 1035
Bridgeport, California 93517

Chief: Jamey Thibodeau

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

Last updated: August 02, 2021

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