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Memorial Service Held for LAFD Captain Matthew McKnight

Saturday, August 24, 2013 |

LOS ANGELES - A well-attended memorial service was held today in Westlake Village, to honor fallen Los Angeles Fire Department Captain/Paramedic Matthew G. McKnight.

Captain McKnight died suddenly while on duty August 12, 2013 at the LAFD Metropolitan Fire Communication Center, where he supervised the life safety needs of America's second largest City.

LAFD Captain Matthew McKnight (1962-2013)
LAFD Captain/Paramedic Matthew McKnight
(1962-2013)
Captain McKnight, age 51 - a thirty-one year veteran of the LAFD, is survived by a wife and two young children, as well as two brothers who are active-duty City of Los Angeles Firefighters.

In lieu of flowers, the McKnight family has encouraged donations to:

Children's Hunger Fund
P.O. Box 7085
Mission Hills, CA
91346-7085
(800) 708-7589

OR

Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen's Fund
815 Colorado Blvd
4th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90041
Members of the McKnight family and Los Angeles Fire Department remain appreciative of the kindness and support of so many at a difficult time. Those wishing to offer an on-line note of condolence or special memory, are encouraged to post their sentiments by clicking here - or via Facebook.

95 comments:

Anonymous said...

My thoughts go out to Captain McKnight's family, and to you, your team. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Carol

Pam Fernicola said...

Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the terrible and untimely loss of your friend, co-worker, and, most of all, father, husband, brother, and son.

Callum Parry said...

I am deeply saddened to hear this tragic news he will always be in our hearts and minds. Just a reminder of the ultimate sacrifice members of the LAFD make on daily basis, his legacy will live on. Many thoughts with his family and friends but also thoughts with his colleagues at this difficult time. May Capt' McKnight rest in peace.

Anonymous said...

Condolences on the loss of your colleague. Prayers for the LAFD and the family of the Captain.

Cathi Pearson said...

As a retired LAPD 9-1-1 supervisor who had a great working relationship with my counterparts at LAFD Communications, my heart goes out to Captain McKnight's wife, children, and his brothers, and my thoughts also extend to the LAFD family as well. May all the wonderful memories hold Captain McKnight forever alive in those hearts that knew him. My most heartfelt sympathy to the LAFD for this loss. Rest in peace, Captain Matthew McKnight.

mark reyes said...

we are deeply saddened by this loss. Matt is a big part of our family and will be missed very much. Matt is an awesome gentleman and his love for his family, job and life were unsurpassed.
RIP Cuz

3ab17f30-0381-11e3-af2e-000bcdca4d7a said...

On Behalf of of the men & women of the Fire Alarm Division of the Boston Fire Dept., Please know our thoughts & prayers are with Captain McKnight's family & his brother/sister firefighters of LAFD during these trying days. Rest easy Cap, your duty is over & well done! May God welcome you home, Brother.

Barry Stafford
Captain
Fire Alarm Operations
Boston Fire Department.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear of Captain McKnight's unexpected and untimely death while on duty at Metro Dispatch. Our sympathies go out to his personal family and his LAFD family, especially those who valiantly attempted to resuscitate him.

Was Capt. McKnight working as what is called the "Metro Floor Captain" at the time?

Harry & Melanie Marnell

LAFD said...

Harry and Melanie Marnell et al,

Thanks for your kind note(s) of condolence. Yes, Captain McKnight was singlehandedly staffing the "Floor Captain" position overseeing as many as eleven subordinates at the time of his passing.

He was last seen at 12:55 AM, just 5 minutes before he was to end his watch. We hope to share more detailed information about Matt in the hours, days and weeks to come.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Gina said...

Deepest sympathies and condolences to LAFD and the McKnight family.

danni osorio said...

My condolences go out to the family and may he rest in paradise

TeveTorbes said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain McKnight's Family, his Brothers and Sisters with LAFD and the community in which he served for so many years. You shall remain in our thoughts in the days ahead during this most difficult time

In Brotherhood,

Captain Steve Pengra
Redmond Fire and Rescue
IAFF Local 3650

LAFD said...

This came as truly shocking and devastating news, quickly followed by a wave of disbelief and deep sadness. Captain McKnight was strong, energetic, and young, a loving family man and father. He was someone many of us aspired to be like. I cannot remember a morning that he did not welcome you with a warm smile and a firm handshake, asking how you are doing, not superficially, but because he really cared. He was a very competent and knowledgeable Captain who found that perfect balance of kindness and being a Commanding Officer. He was NEVER too busy to help. I, along with so many others send our deepest condolences to the McKnight family. Words cannot express how sorry we are for your sudden loss.

The LAFD has received a barrage of blows in the past few weeks with active duty deaths of Captain’s Jeffrey K. Johnson and Mario A. Martinez, along with the deaths of several retired members, and now Captain Matthew McKnight. As firefighters, may we find the strength to become ever more united and may we all take time today to tell our loved ones how we feel about them.

Respectfully,

Erik Scott

Firefighter/Paramedic Spokesman
Public Service Officer (C-Shift)
Los Angeles Fire Department

lori hinshaw mamabirdz said...

im so sorry to hear this. sending prayers to matts family and friends. he was a class mate of mine many years ago. r.i.p. captain mcknight.

lori from plymouth mass

Chief Tommy Thompson said...

From the members of Camp Pendelton FD, our prayers and sympathy to the family for their profound loss

Bob said...

Matt has been a direct and indirect supervisor for the last 10 years. I am extremely proud I knew him. He was really one of the finest men I know. I believe someone talked about him being a mentor, he certainly was that, but as a human being also. I am extremely sadden by this great loss, I would like to extend my best wishes and condolences to his wonderful family that he was so happy to talk about and loved with every ounce of body and soul. May he rest in peace and provide heaven with the smile he always had at work.

Bert Fierro said...

Captain McKnight was a my captain for 3 years since my beginning at OCD now know as Metro Fire Communications. I and many others will tell you he was a very devoted father and husband and a very positive and happy person. His smile was contagious and was reflected on a daily basis...when he came into work and especially when he was going home to see his family. It was an honor and privilege to have worked under Captain Matt McKnight. My deepest condolences to his wife and children and family.

He will sorely be missed and there will definitely be an emptiness left behind that Matt could only fill. On behalf of all my family I am truly sorry! My heart felt condolences! Thank you...it has been a privilege working for Captain Matt McKnight...Ten bells for our Brother Matt

Bob said...

He was my Captain for the last 10 years. He greeted you with a smile always. He was a mentor not only in the Department, but in life. I was lucky to know him. He talked about his family always with the greatest smile and I know he loved them with every ounce of his body and soul. My condolences to his wonderful family. You are so fortunate to have someone like Matt.

Michael Kirk said...

I was working at Fire Station 9 when Matt was introduced to me as his first partner out of Paramedic Training. He was such a quiet, shy guy and didn't say much on calls. So, I started letting him take the lead. Talk about blossom. he was just a fabulous guy. He was always kind and understanding. He was never harsh with anybody. He was a guy you could depend on. I just loved working with him as a paramedic. He and I played an awful lot of raquetball. We were very busy but had a lot of fun doing it. I am so saddened at hearing this news. I cannot begin to say enough wonderful things about this fabulous man who was just a kid when I met him. It is a shame that we do not tell people how much we admire and appreciate them when we have the opportunity. I am sure he got a warm welcome at the pearly gates. Goodbye Matt and see you again.

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the Btn 17 CERT members, our thoughts and prayers are with his family. His service and dedication will long be remembered.

Paul Shively, Btn 17
CERT Coordinator

Anonymous said...

I have to say I do not know Matthew but, I care deeply for all firefighters/paramedics
and the Jobs they do, putting their own lives on the line to help/save others...
Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the terrible and untimely loss of your friend, co-worker, and, most of all, father, husband, brother, and son.
Linda, Shadow Hills calif.
SO VERY ,VERY SORRY

Unknown said...

rest in peace Captain, my condolences to your family and friends and colleagues...serene chen-pang

Anonymous said...

On behalf of the Fernwood Fire Dept. Our thoughts and prayers for his family and for his brothers and sisters of the LAFD.

Bill Dunne said...

I am very sad to hear this news. I knew Matt well when he was in the EMS Training Division and I considered him to be a friend and colleague. Matt was an incredible professional and always exemplified the finest qualities of LAFD. He was dedicated to his family and his faith and provided an example in his actions not just his words. His smile was contagious. My thoughts and prayers go out to Matt's Family and his LAFD brothers and sisters.

Bill Dunne
Former Program Director
UCLA Daniel Freeman Paramedic Program

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss.... way too young, prayers for family and his fire family!

stanzie1778 said...

Matt was easily one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of knowing and calling my friend. Just a truly great friend, dad, husband and human being. Today is a great loss for me and my family as well as the huge community of family, friends, co-workers and others who were lucky enough to know Matt. We are going to miss you so, so much big guy! The world was a better place for having you around. See you on the other side, Gertie. We'll be sure to take good care of Sylvia and the kids. John Costanzo

Michael Berg C.E. said...

Having been fortunate to have worked for Captain McKnight supporting the LAFD, let me take this opportunity to tell the world how Matt embodied what all men strive to be, a fierce competitor at work against the human tragedies that define the LAFD, and a role model for his kindness to others.

The people of the great city of Los Angeles should know his actions and work ethic brought much needed help to those in need.

Thank you Captain McKnight, should I have failed to do so.

Michael Jordan Berg
Metropolitan Fire Communications
Technical Control
Communications Electrician
Information Technology Agency

Anonymous said...

When we loss one of our Brothers, It touches all of our family. God Bless and Yal are in my Prays.
Jim Parker NNFD Retired in Va.

Anonymous said...

Praying for strength and comfort during this time of such utter and sudden loss. There are no words I have that can make it all better, though I wish there were. Our hearts go out to you from Roanoke, VA. Sincerely, Christy, Firefighter's Wife

D.Mann said...

God Bless the Mcknight Family friends & LAFD..... Our hearts & souls are mourning the loss with you.. Thoughts & prayers for family..
Captain D.Mann LACoFD

S. Epley said...

From 1 fellow medic to another,RIP Capt. Your service and love for your community will will never be forgotten.

Arlington, TX will say a prayer for you and your family. Both blood and fire.

Anonymous said...

RIP my brother. You have affected thousands of people during your career. You will pave the way to God's resting place for all of us.
Gene McCarthy
LACoFD Medic 3 - Captain retired 1997.

Guy said...

Rest In Peace Brother.... Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family from the Cleveland Fire Department.

Tommy Harkins said...

May He Rest in Peace and May God Bless the McKnight Family and the Family of Fire Fighters in L.A. and the Crew at The Dispatch Center.


Tommy Harkins
Texas Firewalkers Chaplain

Rick Massey said...

To say Matt was a fine man is an understatement. When he came to Task Force 14-B as a Rookie, it was evident by his attitude, his demeanor and his abilities, he was a special young man. He was the kind of person we all knew would be successful in his career on "The Job". I can not find the words to express my sadness at his untimely passing. Matt was a friend to my wife Teri and I, for many years and our heartfelt condolences go to his wife, his children, his brothers and the many friends that were touched by his time in their lives. He will be sorely missed by all who had the distinct pleasure of knowing him and we that called him friend.

Will Campbell said...

My thoughts and prayers go to Captain McKnight's family, friends, and fellow firefighters.

Anonymous said...

3-3-5 from chicago,RIP

Anonymous said...

I am praying for the family and friends of Capt. McKnight during this time of great loss and sorrow.

Anonymous said...

Capt MCknight you have answered your last call and return to quarters RIP the department has lost a hero condolences to the family and Brothers/sisters of the LA City Fire Department

Anonymous said...

My condolences to the family and friend of this fine public servant. I am so sorry to learn of his passing.

Sara Jo Ward

Anonymous said...

So sorry for this sudden loss...

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace Brother.... Our prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family along with our Brothers and Sisters of the LAFD.

Camas Valley Fire Department

Ben McCoy said...

To my public safety brothers and sisters of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and to the family of Captain McKnight: I offer you my deepest condolences and prayers. **RIP my public safety brother**

Steve Gentry said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with Captain McKnight's Family. And to all members of LAFD and the community. R.I.P Captain you will be missed and thank you. From The Gentry Family

Vernon Fire said...

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKnight family and the entire LAFD community.

Dean Richens
President
Vernon Firemen's Association
Local 2312

Sheryl Williams said...

RIP Brother

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation said...

All of us at the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation send our condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Captain Matt McKnight. He epitomized all that is good about the LAFD and what makes us honored to support the department. He will be missed.

Salina Wehrle said...

My deepest, condolences to the McKnight family and the LAFD. Heaven needed another hero.

Anonymous said...

my deepest condolences to mcknightfamily and to all the firemens he was a hero to many lauriebonner

Anonymous said...

RIP my brother God has called you home after a job well done!!! My deepest sympathy to your family and brothers and sisters in the lafd we will all miss you Capt. !!!!!

kk said...

RIP Sir...you have been called home now Sir for years and years of a job WELL DONE... ourthoughts and Prayers to all, your family, the dept (family) and everyone that knew you...May God Bless

Victoria Ann Rice, R.N. said...

My deepest sympathy to his family and to the men and women of the LA Fire Department. You are some of the hardest working, most dedicated people that I have come to know. May God Bless your journey home and heal the hearts of your loved ones who were left behind.

Anonymous said...

I met him my very first day on the job as a recruit. He has been someone I have always looked up to and respected. Whenever I have seen him on the job he has always given me a sincere hello and that great smile everyone has talked about. We all have definetly lost one of the good guys. Words can not describe my feelings, I can only hope and pray that his family find peace in knowing he has touched so many lives, including mine. Thank you Matt, you will be missed, but never forgotten.

D. Ramirez said...

Your watch is over...Thank you for your service to your Community and Department. Rest in peace Captain McKnight. :'(

Beatriz Flores said...

Cousin Matt was a genuine wonderful person. Our family is deeply sadden by his passing.

RIP Matt

Anonymous said...

On Behalf of the men and women at the City of Las Vegas Fire Communications Center, our thoughts and prayers go out to the McKnight Family. Matt will be missed and his kindness and professionalism will never be forgotten.

Mike Tomko
Las Vegas Fire-Rescue
Fire Alarm Office Supervisor

Anonymous said...

Oh Matt, seems like just yesterday we were in grade school....so happy to have seen you at our reunion, though. My heart breaks for your family upon hearing about your passing. I'm sure you were welcomed into heaven with wide open arms. My prayers go out to you, your family, friends, fellow fire-fighters and anyone who had the pleasure of knowing you. Yes, you will be missed.

Márcio said...

Rest in Peace,

Márcio
FD - Sapadores de Faro / Portugal

Anonymous said...

May you rest in peace my brother and may God be with your family today, tomorrow and always. FF/Medic SG CPFD (Georgia)

Michael Kleiner said...

I was fortunate to meet Matt and serve as one of his drill tower instructors when he first joined the LAFD. He was a great colleague and we were fortunate to know him. Condolences to his family and co-workers.

Nina Royal said...

I an shocked and terribly sad at the passing of Capt. McKnight, who I had the pleasure of knowing. My condolences to his families and friends.

Susan O said...

White Ribbons of Peace offers their thoughts and prayers to the family, friends, and fellow firefighters of Capt. Matthew McKnight. May God grant you strength and comfort during this time. Capt. McKnight, thank you for your service and commitment to the community <3 I will be wearing White Ribbons of Peace in honor of you, Sir.

Anonymous said...

From your fellow brothers and sisters at Calhoun County SC EMS and Fire. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all in this time of need. RIP Capt we will take over from here brother.

Anonymous said...

Thoughts and prayers to Captain McKnight's family, colleagues, and friends.

David Bilar said...

Capt. McKnight was one of those many voices on the phone that I had occasion to work together with, but never got to see face-to-face. He was all business while we were getting our business done, and, before hanging-up, a true human being who just maybe, might let his professional guard down, JUST for a second, to laugh. At just a year older than me, his passing tends to put things in perspective.

David Bilar,
LACoFD Dispatcher-II
CSFA Deputy Director

Martinez Alexander said...

RIP brother and thank you for your service.

Alex. 911 dispatcher, Florida

Anonymous said...

Gods speed Mr. McKnight fireman and Dad! from LAFD Mom

Circle of Care Burn Foundation said...

From all of us at Circle of Care Burn Foundation, our sincere condolences and utmost respect to the loved ones of Fire Captain/Paramedic Mathew McKnight. We hope his family and friends find the strength and love from the many people he helped throughout his years of service and sacrifice. May he rest in peace.

D. Grigor said...

Sincere condolences to Capt. McKnight's family at home - obviously much-loved - and to his family on the job. Clearly Matt was a dedicated, involved firefighter and will be deeply missed. Our prayers and thanks go with you, Captain.

D. Grigor

Anonymous said...

Thought & prayers go out to Captain McKnight's family in this very sad time. I didn't know him, but it sounds like he was gentleman and a great leader......a hero. RIP. Karen Z, Retired Police & Fire Dispatcher

Anonymous said...

Matt was man enough to be child-like, tough enough to be tender, and perfect enough to admit his mistakes (which were few!) It was a privilege to know and work with him. May our Lord bless Matt for the example of godly leadership and humble service he was. And may He give the comfort and care his family needs. I thank God for the honor of knowing him.

Bob Smalley, LAFD Retired

sport901000 said...

Firefighters are heros who put themselves in danger everyday. Not because they are crazy, because they have the courage to take every call/emergencies no matter what type of situation to put others before themselves. Those are who I can call true heros. My thoughts and prayers go out to Captain McKnight himself, and his family/friends. God Bless ALL FIREFIGHTERS. You are true heros.

Anonymous said...

Warm thoughts n prayers to Matthew McKnight's family, friends n co-workers. Never had the privilege to meet Capt McKnight but according to all I see here about him ... I look forward to meeting him another time in God's Heaven. May all who knew Matthew find some type of solace and comfort as you care for one another during this time of reflection about the type of man he truly was. His legacy will surely live on in the lives of those he was influential. RIP Matthew McKnight.

Art Paul

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear of the passing of a man who seemed well liked, respected and cherished. Being a firefighter takes a special kind of person. God Bless and may his family and colleagues find comfort in knowing what a fine man he was and a legacy he has left behind. Hugs and prayers from San Diego.

Robert Gonzalez said...

I am deeply saddened & shocked on the sudden passing of Captain Matt McKnight. Matt was my Captain. There was never a shift that went by that Matt didn't ask how my family and I were doing. I've been on vacation & the fact that I will never speak or see Matt again is troubling. I know that I'll miss him. My heart goes out to the McKnight family. As hard as it seems, I'm sure they will get through this difficult time and emerge stronger. The Bible conveys a message that death is not the end of life; it is only the body that perishes, the spirit can never die ... it continues to live.

Anonymous said...

my prayers are with all the firefighters and their familes. my name is anna and i work for gall's where capt. mcknight got his uniform. god bless his family and friends. he is in a peaceful place with god.

sincerely,
anna golighty

Anonymous said...

R.I.P. Brother
FF/PM Bruce Smentek, Burbank Fire Dept

Anonymous said...

Sending our condolences to your agency and the family of Captain McKnight.

Susan 911 Dispatcher MO

Anonymous said...

REST IN PEACE BROTHER FIREFIGHTER. MAY YOU FIND COMFORT IN THE COMPANY OF YOUR FELLOW FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS. MY CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS.

THOMAS M. BERTSCH
FIRE CAPTAIN
CAL-FIRE
RETIRED

Cal Fire Firefighter Anthony Ortiz said...

Its sad to hear about the death of a brother and my condolences go out to his family, friends, department and crew. Its always though to loose a fellow firefighter under any circumstances. Thank you Capt. for all your hard work and dedication, you will never be forgotten. Rest In Peace Brother.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to read this. Rest in peace. Thank you so much for helping the people of LA.

Mary Walbrudge said...

I went to my high school homecoming ( or maybe prom - it's all a blur these days) with Matt McKnight, I am so sad to hear of his sudden passing. Shocking. In God's name we all need to cherish and remember that each day of our live;s is a blessing and we need live it to the fullest.
We honor all of our loved ones who have moved on to the gates of heaven this way . . . Matt, you are in my thoughts every minute. God fill you with his love and grace.

Dee Ann Palmer said...

As someone who trained with firefighters when I became a mobile intensive care nurse many years ago, I developed an enduring respect and concern for firefighters everywhere. My deepest condolences to his family and his firefighter family.

celia pereira said...

Please accept mycondolences and my pray: Oh noble spirit of Mathew McKnight, when you travel trought the nothingness don't forget the unity of all living things. [In God] Thankyou.

Anonymous said...

Rest in Peace, Captain McKnight. The loss is felt by so very many of your brothers and sisters, as well as to the many of us who never got the chance to know you ! So very sorry to all that did. EVERY FIREFIGHTER IS A HERO TO ME !!

Anonymous said...

My thoughts and prayers are with Captain McKnight's wife,family and friends. May his LAFD colleagues be blessed and thanks for all you do each day.

Charlotte

acbarker said...

My condolences to the McKnight family and friends and to the LAFD. Rest in peace Cap.

AC Barker

Jim Ahlefeld said...

My heart aches and I grieve with the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. Rest in peace cap.

LAFD said...

Uniformed members of the fire service and public safety employees who will be in attendance, are asked to closely review special information and register today at:

lafdmemorial.org

Jim Wortmann said...

I love you Matt. Thanks for all your incredible work!

Jim

Scott Brown said...

On behalf of the men and women of Division 6, Battalion 9 and the Emergency Medical Services section of the Orange County Fire Authority, GODSPEED Matthew -

Charlene MacKenzie said...

It deeply saddens me that a local hero died while on the job serving us. Of course I will fly my flag at half mast in honour of Capt. McKnight. God rest your soul Capt. I may not have known you, but I do salute upu for you courage and dedication to others unselfishly.

Kate PA said...

My condolences for death of your increadible brother Matthew McKnight. He will live in her heart all her life.So many people saying that they will miss him. The loss is felt by so very many people even who never got the chance to know him. I see his picture at your desk at work every day but never had chance to meet him. I am very sorry

Ken Williams said...

Matt, thank you for the many childhood memories.

The Firefighter's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;

Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.

Help me embrace a little child before it is too late

Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.

Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,

And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.

I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,

To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.

And if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;

Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

Ken Williams
Senior Pilot
Ventura County Sheriff's Dept.
Aviation Unit/SAR

Anonymous said...

My condolences to your family. I have great sympathy for all your family is going through the difficult time. Having been there, you will never have more support from the LAFD. They were there for our family and continue to be there for us. I am truly sorry for your loss. I hope you have comfort in knowing the LAFD family will always still be there for you and your family

Lisa Correll-Blackford
Daughter Engineer Harry Correll
Station 64
Dec 1960-Oct 2007

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