Honor Flag Comes To Monongahela To Pay Tribute To Fallen Paramedic

Paramedic Matthew Smelser was killed on I-70 while on the scene of a crash Sunday

Andrew Limberg
January 10, 2020 - 11:28 am
Matthew Smeiser

Rostraver West EMS


MONONGAHELA, Pa. (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The U.S. Honor Flag has made its way to Monongahela to honor fallen Rostraver West Newton Emergency Services paramedic Matthew Smelser.

Smelser was killed while on the scene to a multi-vehicle accident on I-70 last Sunday morning.

He was hit and killed by a tractor trailer while attending to another patient. 

"He was my best friend and kind soul who only wanted nothing but the best for his patients, and that’s exactly what he did that morning, made sure everyone was being taken care. He put everyone before himself. He was the best of the best and his legacy will live on through the lives he’s touched in the EMS community," said Taylor Sarah. 

The Honor Flag travels the country to pay tribute to fallen first responders.

The tradition of the Honor flag began shortly after the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 when a man named Chris Heisler organized and led the largest convoy of First Responders in the history of the United States toward Ground Zero.

The flag was with our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, when Heisler joined the Army in 2003 but returned home to Texas in 2004 after he was injured in Iraq.

Since then the flag has traveled over 7 million miles and was even on NASA’s last space shuttle mission.

The Honor Flag is a symbol to show that American will “never forget” the sacrifices of our First Responders.

Smelser is survived by his parents, his wife Lynn and their two children.

He was laid to rest on Friday, January 10 at Monongahela Cemetery

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