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Matthew Will Memorial Information

On October 8, 2007 Matthew Richard Will, a heavy fire equipment operator with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), was involved in a bulldozer rollover accident while working the Colorado Fire in Monterey County. Will died as a result of the accident on October 9, 2007.

Memorial Information:

The Memorial Service for CAL FIRE HFEO Matt Will has been scheduled for 2:00 pm Thursday October 18, 2007 at the San Benito County Fairgrounds in Hollister. Directions to the Fairgrounds.

There will not be a large formal Fire apparatus procession, instead Fire Apparatus and Dozer/Transports will be parked in a static display.

Dozer/Transports are requested to arrive by 10:00am so they may be placed in a static display that the family procession will drive through.

Fire Apparatus are requested to arrive by 11:00am so they may be placed in a static display that the family procession will drive through.

At approximately 1:45pm vehicle operators will stand by their vehicles at the position of attention, with their emergency lights activated, while the family procession passes by.

All other uniformed personnel will be directed to form a “Sea of Blue” human corridor through which the family will walk thru into the Fairgrounds. Specific instructions will be provided upon your arrival at the Fairgrounds.

Uniformed personnel are requested to check the below links for Memorial Service Protocols. CAL FIRE personnel whose classification requires a Class "A" uniform shall wear a Class "A" uniform. All other personnel, including on-duty personnel on in-service engines, shall wear the best possible uniform in the most presentable condition.

Friends/Family/General Public are requested to arrive by 12:00pm.


There will be a reception immediately following the Memorial Service nearby on the Fairgrounds property.


Please RSVP for the memorial at the following e-mail address: rsvpwillmemorial@fire.ca.gov

In the text of your email please provide the following information:

  • Agency name with contact phone number
  • Type of vehicle i.e Dozer/transport, Engine, Utility, Marked Admin veh etc.
  • Number of personnel attending

Honor Guard:

Honor Guards interested in participating are asked to call Jeff Windham with CAL FIRE Firefighters Honor Guard at (951) 906-2382 ASAP.

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