Matthew’s life was dedicated to the service of the people of America. Matt enlisted in 1981 at the age of 18. In his 10-year career he would make sergeant and become a squad leader in 2nd Anglico‚ an elite scout team that went into hostile territory ahead of ground troops. He served in Beirut and in operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. Matthew joined the Fire Department in 1995 and earned his way into the Elite Squad 1 unit‚ based in Park Slope‚ Brooklyn. He was recently accepted to law school‚ was an active marine reservist‚ studied Kung Fu‚ played guitar‚ took photographs‚ climbed to the summit of Mount Rainier‚ and was a rescue instructor for the Fire Department.
His awards include three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals‚ the Good Conduct Medal‚ the Southwest Asia Medal‚ the Reserve Medal‚ the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Saudi Arabia)‚ the Kuwait Liberation Medal (Kuwait)‚ and the Navy Arctic Service Ribbon. He also earned the Navy/Marine Corps Parachutist Insignia (Gold Jump Wings) and was certified as a Jump Master.