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Owensville Area Ambulance District honors one of their own

Matt Piles was a paramedic for 18 years. After he saved countless lives through the years, on April 1st Matt's life was tragically cut short.

The Owensville Area Ambulance District has lost one of their own.

"He was a wonderful medic. We just, we lost a good person," Tom Lansford said.

Matt Piles had been a paramedic for 18 years. After he saved countless lives throughout time, on April 1st Matt's life was tragically cut short.

While driving on Hwy T south of Rosebud, the 45-year-old man's vehicle traveled off the road and turned over. Matt was thrown from his vehicle. He did not survive.

Matt was not wearing a seat belt during the accident, and Tom is hopeful this will serve as a warning to others.

"If anything comes out of this, it's people wear your seat belts," he said.

Because the accident wasn't in their district, Owensville paramedics were not on the scene, but the Gerald Area Ambulance District where Matt once worked did respond.

"So some of the people who responded knew him personally," Tom added.

Tom said Matt was always working on a project to help someone else,"He spent all summer doing paracord bracelets as a fundraiser for the officer that was shot in Ballwin. He ended up raising $1,500 for him."

Saturday afternoon, emergency personnel from across the state lead a procession to Matt's service.

Before serving the public as a paramedic, Matt first served his country.

"He was in the air force during the first Gulf War," Tom said.

Matthew Piles will be taken to his final resting place Monday, with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Jefferson City.

"One of the good ones, I mean, it was sad."

A scholarship has been set up in memory of Matt Piles.

Donations can be sent to First Bank in Owensville, P.O. Box 527, Owensville, MO 665066.

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