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Murrieta Fire Chief Released From Hospital After Hours-Long Emergency Surgery

Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert was discharged Friday night from Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he had undergone a four-hour to six-hour operation Wednesday.

Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert is seen in this Sept. 2012 Patch file photo by Maggie Avants.
Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert is seen in this Sept. 2012 Patch file photo by Maggie Avants.

Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert, who was sent to an intensive care unit after being hit in his face by a rock during a brush clearing operation, has been released from the hospital, a spokesman said Saturday.

Shobert was discharged Friday night from Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he had undergone a four-hour to six-hour operation Wednesday.

He was injured in what fire officials termed a "freak accident" involving a large mowing machine at the Bear Creek gate community in Murrieta.

"He's got a long road ahead," Murrieta Fire Capt. Matt Corelli said of Shobert, who he said is alert, lucid and recovering at home. "He's made a quick turn-around."

The veteran firefighter, who was appointed Murrieta fire chief in 2011, will be placed on indefinite administrative leave. A battalion chief is expected to helm the fire department during the interim, Corelli said.

Shobert was not available for comment Saturday.

Shobert stood about 100 feet away from the machine that was being operated Wednesday morning by a maintenance person on a slope. The fire chief and the other Murrieta firefighters were on hand to oversee the job in clearing out the dried brush, Murrieta Fire Capt. Matt Corelli said.

The machine apparently struck a rock which flung into Shobert's face. At first, Shobert thought he had been wounded by gunfire, which prompted him to get in his vehicle and drive about 50 feet away from the site.

Shobert pulled over to make a distress call, Corelli said.

Paramedics took the injured fire chief to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar and he was later flown out to Loma Linda University Medical Center in Loma Linda, where he was initially listed in critical condition upon his arrival, a hospital spokesman said.

Corelli couldn't recall another time when something like this ever happened during his time with the Murrieta Fire Department.

"It was such a freak accident," he said.


— City News Service. 

 


KMA July 06, 2014 at 02:22 AM
Donna- I support your wishes- but you meant him- as opposed to met him.
Sherry July 06, 2014 at 12:54 PM
best of recovery to you during your healing process
WrigsMom July 06, 2014 at 01:28 PM
Come on KMA….don't be the grammar nazi. You knew what she meant……give us a friggin break!
KMA July 06, 2014 at 03:04 PM
I know what she meant- but she said meant instead of met. Don't post if you can't spell- like friggin- slang word. Seig Heil.
AmericanMom July 07, 2014 at 01:14 PM
There was a pretty extensive fire up on the hill approximately 4 - 5 years ago, placing homes, horses and wildlife in it's path. It burned the entire side of the hill leading up to La Cresta from the Bear Creek area. There is NOTHING wrong with the fire department monitoring brush clearing equipment of which was the cause of the last fire (which was caused by a spark from the equipment). The last fire was not monitored and the fire quickly got out of hand. I recall people complaining the area should have been monitored then to prevent such a fire from occuring... I swear people will complain about anything! They were doing a GOOD THING! Our focus should be on the health and healing of the fire chief, who rightfully called 911 and thought there could be a dangerous situation taking place!! We live in different times and what he initially thought happened - very well could have. If there would have been a shooter, he would have actually done a very noble and courageous act to move out of harms way and alert others of the possible situation. I can't imagine the fear of what he thought happened and yet STILL his first thought was to protect others. We also must stop some Bear Creek residents that do live up there from installing golf platforms on the hill and using the hill as their own personal golfing range - hitting their golf balls into the canyon below, as those golf balls can become sharp projectile objects for when the brush is cleared. My wishes for a speedy recovery and my gratitude to the chief for his quick thinking when he initially thought he was putting other people's safety above all else.

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