A firefighter who came to help

Last fall firefighter and paramedic Matt Kosak of the Westminster Fire Department surprised the Julia Greeley Home with a generous check. Matt had been named Community Advocate of the Year for the Westy CFIRE alumni group, and together, they were looking for a good cause. He looked into our mission for helping homeless women achieve self sufficiency, and chose us.

Besides being a Westminster firefighter and paramedic, Matt, who grew up in Arvada, fought for America in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. When he got home he didn’t hang up his boots and take it easy — no, he volunteered to be a bone marrow donor to someone he never met.

Matt’s bone marrow donation saved that stranger’s life. To this day, the stranger is doing well, and her leukemia is in complete remission. That started a whole new role for Matt as a volunteer coordinator for the “Be the Match” foundation, which links bone marrow donors with recipients. 

Today Matt inspires others in the fire department, his EMT group, paramedic students and even city employees of Denver to donate bone marrow. Matt went beyond just inspiration to create a donation process so that it’s easier for individuals to sign up and get involved.