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Hundreds turn out to celebrate life of SLOStringer Matthew Frank

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Dozens of local law enforcement and firefighters were among those who turned out for Matthew Frank's memorial service Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. (KSBY photo) Dozens of local law enforcement and firefighters were among those who turned out for Matthew Frank's memorial service Wednesday in San Luis Obispo. (KSBY photo)
Fire trucks were lined up outside Mountainbrook Church for the memorial service for Matthew Frank. (KSBY photo) Fire trucks were lined up outside Mountainbrook Church for the memorial service for Matthew Frank. (KSBY photo)
Hundreds turned out for Wednesday's memorial service for Matthew Frank. (KSBY photo) Hundreds turned out for Wednesday's memorial service for Matthew Frank. (KSBY photo)
SLOPD was among law enforcement in attendance at Wednesday's memorial. (KSBY photo) SLOPD was among law enforcement in attendance at Wednesday's memorial. (KSBY photo)
People gather outside Mountainbrook Church prior to Wednesday's memorial service. (KSBY photo) People gather outside Mountainbrook Church prior to Wednesday's memorial service. (KSBY photo)

Hundreds turned out in San Luis Obispo Wednesday morning to pay their respects to Matthew Frank.

Many in the community knew the 30-year-old as SLOStringer. He died March 21 in a crash on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita while on his way to cover the breaking news of an early-morning house fire in Atascadero. 

His SLOStringer Facebook page highlighted the work being done by local law enforcement and firefighters, many of whom showed up at Wednesday's memorial service at Mountainbrook Church.

The church was packed with Matthew Frank's family, friends, and nearly 300 first responders. It was an emotional service as the community paid tribute to the man who helped spread news to the Central Coast.

One pastor said during the service, "For those without a way of helping themselves, Matt was the helper, the one who served." 

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Aero Squadron flew overhead to salute “SLOStringer” one last time for his service to others.

Frank's father was a member of the all-volunteer Aero Squadron for 40 years. Matthew Frank had recently applied to join the team. The group honored Matthew and his father with the flyover.

Those who filled the church honored the photographer, sharing their memories and tears.

Frank's family said they felt surrounded by love.

His aunt read the tribute made Friday by Rep. Salud Carbajal on the floor of the House of Representatives.

"Matthew did all he did out of his love for people and his community," said Mountainbrook Pastor Ken Peet.

Many first responders showed up to honor Frank. With the colors hung on display outside, a traditional firefighter “ringing of the bell” ceremony happened inside.

"He just went the extra mile, he had a servant's heart and it was just so full of love,” said Frank’s aunt, Debbie Shick.

"He played such a big role in helping all of us. How did he have the time?” asked Frank’s friend Justin Archer.

A barbecue was held at the Alex Madonna Expo Center following the service.

On April 5, a memorial ride and candlelight vigil is also being planned to, according to the event Facebook page, "celebrate and remember the life of Matthew Frank - a rising star in the Central Coast, and a dear friend to the First Responder and motorcycle communities."

The "SLOStringer Memorial Fund" GoFundMe account has raised nearly $25,000

Related coverage:
SLOStringer killed in early morning Highway 101 crash, family confirms
SLOStringer remembered at firefighter awards banquet
Matthew Frank remembered as "dear friend to first responder and motorcycle communities"

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