Texas paramedic dies after COVID-19 battle
Shon Matthews, 48, had worked in EMS since 2007, after a family crisis prompted him to switch careers
By Rachel Engel
TEXARKANA, Texas — Texarkana paramedic died after a battle with COVID-19.
LifeNet Paramedic Shon Matthews, 48, passed away on Monday after contracting the virus, a social post from the company reported.
Matthews started at LifeNet EMS as a part-time EMT in 2007, and later worked as a paramedic and then flight medic for the agency.
During the summer of 2019, Matthews was selected to represent LifeNet EMS at the American Ambulance Association’s Star of Life event in Washington, D.C., a trip that earned him the nickname “The Selfie King” due to his proliferous posting on social media.
Earlier this year, Matthews was promoted to area manager, and was responsible for overseeing operations in several counties. In addition, he served as an instructor for the EMT and paramedic programs at Texarkana College.
Matthews is survived by his wife, Jennifer and two children, Nicole and Derek.