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Old 07-07-2017, 09:48
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Default Matthew Bashaw, USFS, San Bernardino County Fire PCF

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Recently a young man by the name of Matthew Bashaw, son of SBCoFD captain Sam Bashaw, died unexpectedly while vacationing with friends at the Colorado River near Parker, Ariz. Matthew was attempting to retrieve a boat anchor that was stuck in the mud; when he did not surface as quickly as expected, his friends--many of whom are City of Anaheim firefighters--pulled him unresponsive from the water and initiated CPR. Through resuscitation efforts Matt regained a pulse; however, he ultimately did not survive his injuries.

With the goal of becoming a career municipal firefighter, Matthew had recently graduated paramedic school at Victor Valley College, completing his field internship with SBCoFD Firefighter/Paramedic Jon Marini at Station 71 in Fontana.

Like many other local aspiring firefighters, Matthew began his pursuit of a fire service career as an explorer assigned to the Phelan post under the direction of County Fire Captain Bob Kittleman. He then served as a paid-call firefighter for the county before becoming one of the original members of the OldCajon Crew 6, County Fire's all-risk hand crew stationed at the fire camp in Devore, where he held the position of sawyer. This experience ultimately led him to earning employment with the United States Forest Service, serving the San Bernardino National Forest as a wildland firefighter.

Services for Matthew Bashaw will be held Monday July, 17. See below for more information.

Location: Holy Innocents Parish
13230 El Evado Rd.
Victorville, Ca 92392
Time: 0930 Viewing
1000 Rosary
1030 Funeral Service

Graveside services will immediately follow at the Desert View Memorial Park, located at 11500 Amargosa Road in Victorville.

A reception will then commence at the Oak Hills Brewing Company, located at 12221 Poplar Street in Hesperia.
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