Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

The Los Angeles Fire Department Friday dedicated the Metropolitan Fire Communications facility’s Dispatch Floor in the name of LAFD Capt. Matthew McKnight, who died while supervising dispatch operations there.

McKnight was on duty on Aug. 12, 2013, when he collapsed suddenly and died at the age of 51 “from a duty-related medical condition,” according to the LAFD.

The 31-year LAFD veteran, who had served for nearly 10 years in the department’s dispatch section, is survived by his wife Sylvia, daughter Lauren and son Matthew.

LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti took part in the ceremony to dedicate the dispatch floor in McKnight’s name and to honor five other LAFD members who died while on active duty and assigned to the dispatch section.

The Metropolitan Fire Communications facility moved to its current location at 500 E. Temple St. in February 2012 from its previous location at City Hall East. It serves as the primary and secondary point of contact for citizens reporting emergencies.

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