Matthews was born and raised in Cape Girardeau. He attended high school in Cape and also attended Southeast Missouri State University for a couple years. Matthews finished his bachelor’s degree at Murray State University. After school, Matthews made his way back home to Cape Girardeau.
Q: How did you decide you wanted to be a Firefighter?
A: I was ending my college career and really hated what I was going into, which was advertising and marketing. I worked some internships, and corporate America just wasn’t for me. When the Joplin tornado hit, I went down with my church for the search and recovery clean up and absolutely loved that type of service. I came back and talked to Dewayne McAlister, who is a Firefighter for Cape also, and he explained to me that that type of service is what he does for a living. I thought about it, and finally got certificates and certifications, and I completely love it.
Q: What are some of the challenges that come with being a Firefighter?
A: Some of the calls are challenging. The different emotional situations that we see are as well, but it’s a part of life, and we can use that to motivate us to be more efficient on the next call.
Q: What do you enjoy most about being a Firefighter in Cape Girardeau?
A: Living in Cape and being a Firefighter is really cool. One of my first fire calls was a house of a kid that I went to high school with. Being able to know a lot of the community that I interact with is really great. There has been countless calls that I’ve been on that I know the individuals. I am able to talk to them and comfort them. It’s a nice feeling to be able to serve the community you grew up in and give back a little bit.
Q: Do you plan on staying in Cape Girardeau throughout your whole career?
A: Yes. As of right now I love it. I love the department and area. I think it will be a great place to raise a family. I have no intentions, as of right now, to go anywhere else.
Q: What do you like to do in your spare time outside of the station?
A: I love being outdoors. I live on a farm and enjoy riding horses. I have a boxer puppy named Zeke, so anything that involves outside and playing with him really. I also enjoy scuba diving. I am a Master Diver and just went diving in Egypt last year.