USFA: California On-Duty Death

Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger, 48, passed away on Sunday, May 16 due to complications from COVID-19.

Contracted COVID-19 while on a medical call from a patient with a known case of the virus

United States Fire Administration

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter/Paramedic Matthew “Bear” Michael Rominger, 48, of Mountain Warfare Fire Department on May 16, 2021.

On Sunday, May 16, 2021, Rominger passed away from complications due to COVID-19 he contracted on a medical call.

Tribute is being paid to Rominger at

To date, 58 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2021. Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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