Boone County, MO, Assistant Fire Chief Dies During Water Rescue

July 8, 2024
Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Chief Matt Tobben was tossed overboard when his boat flipped.

An assistant fire chief died during a water rescue operation Monday in Missouri.

Boone County Fire Protection District Assistant Fire Chief Matt Tobben was assisting two victims when he was tossed into the water when his boat overturned, according to KMIZ. 

"The firefighters had rescued two individuals when the zodiac boat overturned and Chief Tobben was thrown from the boat and drowned. The Columbia Firefighter and the two victims originally rescued were able to be rescued and are doing ok," Fire Chief Scott Olsen wrote on the department's Facebook page. 


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