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Matthew Dawson


On Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, Firefighter Matthew Dawson and the members of the Lubbock Fire Rescue were dispatched to the scene of a motor vehicle accident on an interstate highway. While they were on the scene of the crash in the northbound lanes, a southbound vehicle lost control, crossed the median, and struck Firefighter Dawson. He was immediately transported to the hospital where it was determined that he suffered a traumatic brain injury. After 3 years of long-term health challenges, he passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023. Lieutenant David Eric Hill from Lubbock Fire Rescue and a police officer also passed away on Jan. 11, 2020, from injuries they sustained in the accident.

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

Department information

Lubbock Fire Rescue
1515 East Ursuline ST
Lubbock, Texas 79403

Chief: Shaun Fogerson

Age: 34
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Career
Incident date: January 11, 2020 8:48 a.m.
Date of death: November 26, 2023
Cause of fatal injury: Struck By
Nature of fatal injury: Trauma
Activity type: EMS/Patient Care
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Non-Fire
Fixed property use: Street/Road

Last updated: November 29, 2023