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Indianapolis firefighter dies after complaining of chest pains at call

Posted at 2:44 PM, Nov 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-14 16:48:43-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Indianapolis firefighter Matthew D. Bennett died Saturday after he complained of chest pains at a call Friday morning, according to the Indianapolis Fire Department.

Bennett, 49, a veteran firefighter for 23 years, was driving Engine 1 around 10:15 a.m. to the 5400 block of Brendan Park Drive after a car drove into a home. As crews began to shore up the inside of the home, Bennett was inside a Lawrence Fire Department ambulance with chest pains.

It is believed the driver hit the gas instead of the brakes, according to IFD. No one inside the house or car were injured.

He was taken to the Heart Hospital at Community Hospital North and immediately went into surgery. He died Saturday surrounded by his family.

He is survived by his wife Carlita Bennett, daughter Samantha, 16, stepdaughter Allie Brouwer, 25, stepson Chandler Brouwer, 22, and three grandchildren, Grace, Gwen, and William Jr.

Bennett was appointed to the Franklin Township Fire Department in December 1997 and joined IFD when the departments merged in July 2010. Prior to joining the Franklin Township Fire Department, he was an Indianapolis Fire Department dispatcher and Wishard EMT. He was a dedicated public safety servant for 38 years.

"Our hearts are broken," a statement from IFD read. "Please keep Matt, his family and his IFD family in your thoughts as we all grieve his unexpected loss."

More information about services for Bennett have not yet been released.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett released the following statement following the news of Bennett's death:

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.

Hogsett is also calling upon state and local officials to join him in flying flags at half-staff to remember Bennett.