Matthew “Bull” Griffin
Matthew “Bull” Griffin
April 28, 1974 – Oct 15, 2015
RIDE ON BROTHER, WE’LL TAKE IT FROM HERE.
Born in Lamar Colorado, during a brief stint when my parents lost their minds and thought it might be a good idea to live someplace other than Texas. Deep Texas roots brought us back by the time I was 5, and I’ve lived here ever since. I’m close to my parents, sister and brother (in-law). I’ve also been blessed with 2 nieces that I love more than life itself. I started my career as a volunteer firefighter with Lockhart FD in 1992. Went to fire school A&M becoming a certified firefighter/EMT in 1995. I worked for AMR, first in Austin in 1998, then transferring to a 911 truck in Bexar Co. in 2006. I went to school for Paramedic at BLVD Spring Branch, becoming a Paramedic in 2008. I took a job with Galveston EMS just after Hurricane Ike where I worked for 4 years. During my time on the coast, I also volunteered with the Crystal beach FD, serving for 2 years as Asst. Fire Chief. I’ve worked for Gonzales Co. EMS since 2013.
Matt “Bull” Griffin – Pathfinder
On Oct. 15, 2015, Matthew “Bull” Griffin, a member of the Texas Roaddocs, lost his life in a crash that occurred while he was on his way to work at Nixon EMS.
Although Griffin may no longer be here in physical form, his legacy lives on through the Roaddocs — a motorcycle riding club made up of EMS personnel. The group recently launched the Matt Griffin Scholarship, an organization that designs memorial T-shirts made in honor of Griffin, and the proceeds provide funds for basic EMTs to go to paramedic school.
“The shirts are black with yellow letters,” said Jimmy Loer, Griffin’s brother-in-law. “They’re sort of an homage to Matt’s bike, which was black and yellow. The shirts are manufactured in and shipped from Austin, and are sold for $20 apiece.”
On Dec. 16, two local EMTs — Chris Tippett and Shannon Millner — were chosen to go to paramedic school, with tuition paid for by the Matt Griffin Scholarship. The sales have provided some funding, and some funds have come in the form of donations.
“We received some donations that made the first two scholarships happen more quickly,” Loer said. “Matt’s passion was EMS, and we want his memory to live on. We want to help that by bettering our local EMS.”
Typical EMS training costs from $5,000 to $5,500.
“Matt was very passionate about what he did,” Loer said. “What we’re trying to do is let his passion continue to live through this by promoting these shirts and allowing young EMTs to further their ambitions and better themselves.”
-Rob Ford, The Gonzalez Inquirer
SUPPORT BULL’S LEGACY
On October 15th, 2015 one of our original members of the Texas Chapter was tragically killed in the line of duty. Matthew “BULL” Griffin was an outstanding Paramedic and Firefighter and was also the perfect choice for our pathfinder as he lead the way in many things in his life. Not only our rides within the club but also had an impact on many others with his ability to educate and train those new and old to EMS. It is with great pleasure we present to you the Matthew Griffin Scholarship Fund Memorial T shirt to honor a great man and what he stood for.
- The yellow and black represent his love for those colors and the chosen colors for his motorcycle.
- The slogan “Ride on Brother we’ve got it from here” encompassed by our founder in announcing the Scholarship Fund during his service as we said goodbye to our fallen Brother.
- The subdued Texas flag on the left sleeve represents Bull’s pride of being raised in Texas, and this also matches the flag he wore on his Vest.
- On the front is a simple Star of Life with his name through the traditional black bar displayed in honor of those fallen within our industry.
- His Paramedic Unit Number #859 displayed below with RFFR (Roaddocs Forever, Forever Roaddocs) above the Star of Life to represent the club he loved.
- 100% of proceeds of this shirt will go into the Scholarship Fund to help those who want a career in EMS and also further education for those already in this line of work and continue his legacy.