Tribute to Fire Chief Matt Shobertby Representative Ken Calvert
Posted on 2015-01-14
in the house of representatives
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Mr. CALVERT. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and pay tribute to an
individual whose commitment and contributions to the City of Murrieta,
California are exceptional. Murrieta has been fortunate to have dynamic
and dedicated community leaders who willingly and unselfishly give
their time and talent and make their communities a better place to live
and work. Murrieta Fire Chief, Matt Shobert, is one of these
individuals. On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Matt Shobert will be honored
for his devoted and valiant service to the people of Murrieta.
Matt began his firefighting career in Tucson, Arizona, actively working his way to leading the fire department in Sedona, Arizona. He then brought his talent and leadership to the Hemet Fire Department, in which he served as Fire Chief for three years. Matt was then appointed as Murrieta's Fire Chief in March of 2011 in which he enthusiastically served the community for nearly four years.
Chief Shobert holds a Master Degree in Organizational Management, a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and an Associate's Degree in Fire Science. In addition, Matt also graduated from the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officers' Program, has been accredited three times as a Chief Fire Officer Designee by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has also been awarded membership into the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Chief Matt Shobert is retiring after incurring a devastating injury while doing what he enjoyed most, keeping the people of Murrieta safe. Throughout his tenure, Fire Chief Matt Shobert continued the distinguished history of the Murrieta Fire Department, working daily to improve the partnership held with the community and by enhancing the strong sense of camaraderie amongst the firefighters in his department.
Fire Chief Matt Shobert has been an excellent public servant who has consistently provided for the safety and well-being of the community of Murrieta. His legacy will serve as a shining example and constant reminder of what it means to be a public servant and I am proud to call Matt a fellow community member, American and friend. I know that many are grateful for his service and salute him in his retirement.
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