Ventura City Fire mourns the loss of Firefighter-Paramedic Matthew Clapsaddle

Firefighter Clapsaddle was an active-duty member of the department since 1994.

It is with deep sadness and regret that the Ventura City Fire Chief announces the loss of Firefighter-Paramedic Matthew Clapsaddle.

At about 7:00 a.m. on August 20, Firefighter Clapsaddle passed away from a sudden, critical medical emergency while off-duty.

“It is truly heartbreaking when we lose a teammate and friend. Matt was a positive and dedicated leader who brought so much joy and energy to our fire family,” shared Fire Chief David Endaya. “These are difficult days with more to come. We hold Matt’s family in our hearts and will continue to lift them up as they navigate this unexpected path.”

Firefighter Clapsaddle was an active-duty member of the department since 1994. In addition to his role as a firefighter and paramedic, he had been integrally involved in the department’s Ocean Rescue Team, Urban Search and Rescue Team, and ladder truck company at Fire Station 5. Clapsaddle is survived by his wife, Jennifer and son, Tanner.

The community and public safety agencies are invited to join the Ventura Fire Department in paying tribute to Firefighter-Paramedic Matthew Clapsaddle.

Amemorial service will be hosted at Calvary Community Church on Friday, September 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The church is located at 5495 Via Rocas in Westlake Village.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., firefighting apparatus will arrive at Calvary Community Church and be staged along La Tienda Road and Via Rocas surrounding the church. Uniformed personnel are requested to be seated inside the church by 9:00 a.m.

Memorial service attendees should plan to arrive early as parking and space are limited. Motorists in the area are asked to be mindful of the presence of emergency vehicles and drive cautiously.

For donation information, visit the Ventura Fire Foundation at

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