Ventura City Firefighter-Paramedic Matthew Clapsaddle is coming home.
Last week he and his wife Jennifer were celebrating their 25th Wedding Anniversary in Hawaii when he suffered "a sudden, critical medical emergency" and passed away.
Friday, there will be a procession for Clapsaddle as he returns to Ventura County.
The Ventura City Fire Department released the following information about the Friday morning procession...
"Please note that the exact route and estimated time of arrival at each location may vary and are subject to change:
- 8:00 am: Depart LAX
- 8:20 am: Pass through Santa Monica
- 8:55 am: Drive through Malibu on the PCH
- 9:40am: Take Harbor Boulevard through Oxnard and into Ventura
- 9:55 am: Pass the Ventura Pier
- 10:05 am: Pass Station 2, located at 41 S. Seaward Avenue
- 10:15 am: Pass Station 5, Matt’s second home, located at 4225 E. Main Street
- 10:30 am: Arrive in Camarillo
Matt is a 28-year-veteran of the Ventura City Fire Department, and is already deeply missed."
The department also released the following statement...
“It is truly heartbreaking when we lose a teammate and friend. Matt was a positive and dedicated leader who brought so much joy and energy to our fire family,” shared Fire Chief David Endaya. “These are difficult days with more to come. We hold Matt’s family in our hearts and will continue to lift them up as they navigate this unexpected path.”
Firefighter Clapsaddle was an active-duty member of the department since 1994. In addition to his role as a firefighter and paramedic, he had been integrally involved in the department’s Ocean Rescue Team, Urban Search and Rescue Team, and ladder truck company at Fire Station 5.
Clapsaddle is survived by his wife, Jennifer and son, Tanner."
All flags are being flown at half-staff until further notice and badge shrouds are being worn by local firefighters in honor of Clapsaddle.