Matt Runte of Seattle Fire Department, Washington dies at 45

Matt Runte death – passed away: Matt Runte, 45-year-old, of Seattle, Washington, a Firefighter at Seatle passed away on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Matt collapsed on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, during his workout before he resumed his shift. He was born in 1976. FDNY Emerald Society Pipes and Drums wrote a tribute for Matt on Facebook on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, sending their thoughts and condolences to their good friends in the Seattle Firefighters Pipes and Drums on their loss.

He is a native of Bothell, Washington, he went to Bothell High School and also studied at ‎جامعة بغداد University of Baghdad‎. He is the son of Barbara Runte and a brother to Megan Marie Woods. He is survived by his beloved family, colleagues, friends, his cousins Linda Tyler, Deborah R. Tyler, and Kristine Runte. He started working with Tailboard Firefighter at Seattle Fire Departmento on March 13, 2002, and also as a Firefighter and Engineer at Seattle Fire Department from June 2020 until he passed away.

Today marks the day we lost an incredible selfless human being in Matt Runte. A man who served his country, his community, his family and anyone who had a need. 7 years ago he showed my then 10 year old son Benjamin what it meant to be a fireman and it was just a few months ago he spent an hour with now 17 year old Benji on zoom discussing options to consider in the future pursuit of being a fire fighter while on vacation with his family. I can’t count how many times I know of Matt dropping everything to help someone in any way he could. Praying God’s peace for his wonderful wife and daughter with this tragic loss of a husband and father. Ryan Blanck wrote.

Matt Runte’s obituary will be organized by the family.

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