Marlborough firefighter retires after 32-year career

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Marlborough firefighter retires after 32-year career
Marlborough Firefighter/EMT Edmoth Matthews retired on April 23 after a 32-year career.

MARLBOROUGH – Marlborough Firefighter/EMT Edmoth Matthews retired on April 23 after a 32-year career.

Matthews, who lives in Sterling with his wife Michelle, was appointed to the Marlborough Fire Department on August 21, 1989. After he graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, Matthews 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.
Lieutenant Dave Cafarelli told a story about Matthews and the kind of brother and firefighter he was.

“Back in 1997, I was in a motorcycle accident,” Cafarelli said. “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 [Ed] was on the Rescue that day and started patient care on me.

“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.”

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