By Ron Ayotte, Contributing Writer
MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Firefighter/EMT Edmoth Matthews retired on April 23 after a 32-year career.
Matthews was appointed to the Marlborough Fire Department on August 21, 1989. After graduating from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, he was assigned as a firefighter to Group 3. He ended his career on Group 2, assigned to Tower 1.
An accomplished SCUBA diver, Matthews was a member of the Fire District 14 Regional Dive Team as well as the Fire District 8 Regional Dive Team. He also served as an Emergency Medical Technician with the Boston Disaster Medical Assistance Team.
Receiving a commemorative gift from his group to mark his retirement, Matthews was a topic of conversation for colleagues remembering their time working alongside him.
“Back in 1997, I was in a motorcycle accident,” Lieutenant Dave Cafarelli recalled. “A woman ran the red light at Lincoln and Mechanic Streets and broadsided me. I had multiple leg fractures and was in bad shape. This guy, [Matthews] was on the Rescue that day and started patient care on me.”
Cafarelli elaborated, “At the end of his shift, he drove up to UMass Medical Center in Worcester and waited for me to come out of surgery and stayed at my bedside. When he was told that only family members could be in that area… Ed told security that ‘He’s my brother’… I will never forget that.”
Edmoth resides in Sterling with his wife, Michelle.
His is the second recent retirement from the Marlborough Fire Department after Lieutenant Mark Assencoa celebrated his years of service on April 21.