Matthew Brian Smith Dies: What happened to the Bartow County Firefighter? Explained

Firefighter Matthew Smith
Firefighter Matthew Brian Smith


Firefighter Matthew Smith passed away at the age of 41. He sadly died after a training practice on Tuesday. Let’s see how did the firefighter die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Matthew Smith die?

A Georgia firefighter died after having a medical episode during a training exercise last Thursday, according to Bartow County Fire and Emergency Services.

The department said that it is with heavy hearts that it shares the news of the passing of one of its own. The department requested that people ” keep the Smith family and our department in their prayers during this trying time.”

The statement from BCFES reads,

It is with heavy hearts that we inform you of the death of one of our own, Firefighter Matthew Smith.

Matt passed away yesterday afternoon around 1700 hours, from complications of an apparent medical incident that he suffered during a training exercise last Thursday.

We will pass along arrangements as they become available. Please keep the Smith family and our department in your prayers during this difficult time.

His family members and friends were deeply saddened by the sudden death of firefighter Matthew Brian Smith.

What happened to Matthew Smith?

Matthew Brian Smith, a firefighter with Bartow County Fire & Emergency Services (BCFES), lost consciousness on March 16, 2023, while participating in a search and rescue training drill at the Bartow-Cartersville Fire Joint Training Center.

Firefighter Smith was participating in an exercise when the instructors realized that he was having a serious medical emergency, and they immediately took him out of the search maze to start CPR.

BCFES staff members started advanced cardiac life support procedures and CPR right away. The decision was made to use the BCFES’s on-site ALS ambulance, which was on standby for training, to transfer Firefighter Smith to Piedmont Cartersville Medical Center.

Firefighter Smith was revived by emergency response personnel as well as emergency room staff. He did recover cardiac action, and he remained on life support for six days.

Smith regrettably passed away on March 21, 2023 after six days of treatment.

Matthew Smith
Matthew Brian Smith


Matthew Smith cause of death and obituary:

Firefighter Smith passed away on March 21, 2023, from complications related to his medical emergency. It has not yet been established what caused his death.

Matthew Smith dedicated his life to becoming a fireman. He wouldn’t have it any other way, according to his family. He put his whole heart into everything he accomplished.

The 41-year-old was a successful business owner who had always wanted to be a firefighter. He therefore pursued his goals with the same vigour with which he led his life. Those goals came true two years ago, when he was hired by the Bartow County Fire Department.

He was survived by 13 year old son, Noah, and a 22 year old John. Condolences flooded social media after the demise news of Matthew Smith broke out.


Sunday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Owen Funeral Home
12 Collins Dr.
Cartersville, Georgia 30120.

Celebration of life service immediately after at 2 pm.

Tributes to Matthew Smith:

U. S. First Responders Association posted,

We regret to pass on that a 41-year-old Firefighter in Bartow County, Georgia died following “complications” during a training exercise. Matthew Smith died around 1700 March 16 from “complications of an apparent medical incident” during training.

Everything Georgia tweeted,

RIP to Bartow County firefighter Matthew Smith who they say died after a medical incident during training exercises yesterday.

David RC posted,

GEORGIA – Bartow County Firefighter DEAD AT 41 after “Sudden Medical Emergency” During Training Exercise… Firefighter Smith became “unresponsive” during a search and rescue training exercise…
Began CPR and Advanced Cardiac Life Support…

Judy Rodgers Wootton commented,

Prayers for his family Thank you for your service.


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