Indianapolis firefighter dies after medical issue in the line of duty

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INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) is mourning the loss of a firefighter that died following a medical issue after responding to a possible structure collapse Friday.

The Indianapolis Fire Department said IFD Engineer Matthew Bennett died after complaining of chest pain while responding to a scene on Friday morning. The crews were called to the 5400 block of Brendan Park Drive around 10 a.m. Friday after a car drove into the home through the garage area.

While crews were responding to the call, IFD Command learned that Bennett was in an ambulance complaining of chest pain. He was transported to the hospital and taken into surgery.

Bennett died Saturday afternoon despite the work of personnel and the medical team. He was surrounded by family when he died.

The IFD is asking everyone to keep Bennett, his family and his IFD family in their thoughts as they grieve his unexpected death.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett sent out a statement Saturday, sending his condolences.

I’m deeply saddened by the death of IFD Engineer Matthew Bennett. Matt has bravely served our city for more than two decades, first with the Franklin Township Fire Department, and since 2010 with the men and women of IFD. He was a true public servant, dedicated to ensuring the continued safety of our community.

Steph and I send our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends, and fellow firefighters, as all of Indianapolis joins in mourning this loss.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett

Mayor Hogsett also called upon state and local officials to join him in flying flags at half-staff in remembrance of Bennett.

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