The Salt Lake City Fire Department, and our public safety family mourns the loss of one of our members today. Tyson Mason, a 29-year-old SLC Firefighter/Paramedic died in a motor vehicle accident on Sunday, Jan. 22 on Highway 40 near Strawberry Reservoir. He was returning home after completing a shift as a flight paramedic with Intermountains’s Life Flight Helicopter, where he worked part-time. He and his co-worker were struck head-on by another vehicle.
“It’s with a heavy heart that we share this news,” Fire Chief Karl Lieb said. “Tyson was a young, professional firefighter and a talented paramedic. He was a devoted husband, who just became a father for the first time, only one week ago. He was respected by his brothers and sisters in the fire service and will be sorely missed.” Lieb added that leaders from the Salt Lake City Fire Department are with Tyson’s family, working with them to get the support and resources they need at this time.
“The fire service is a family of its own,” Chief Lieb said. “We have received calls of sympathy and concern from public safety leaders across the state and from the Governor’s Office, offering any assistance they can to our department and to Tyson’s family. Chief Mathieu with the Ogden Fire Department has been in contact with us and expressed his sympathy, as Tyson began his career with OFD in 2009 before joining the Salt Lake City Fire Department two years ago.” Tyson’s most recent assignment was with the department’s Mobile Response Team, providing paramedic services in the downtown Salt Lake City area. Mason is survived by his wife, Haileigh, and their one-week old son.
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