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(COLUMBIA, MO) ~ Columbia, MO - In the early hours of Monday, July 8, the Columbia Fire Department responded to multiple water rescue calls across the city. With the assistance of the Boone County Fire Protection District, five individuals and one dog were successfully rescued from floodwaters.

One of the incidents took place at Bear Creek near Rangeline Street, where Assistant Chief Matthew Tobben of the Boone County Fire Protection District and Columbia Fire Department personnel conducted a swift-water operation. Two civilians were rescued from the floodwaters with the help of Tobben.

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However, during the rescue operation, their boat lost power and capsized. While everyone else was safely rescued, Assistant Chief Tobben was tragically thrown from the boat and passed away at the scene. His family has been notified of his passing.

The Columbia Fire Department expressed their gratitude for Assistant Chief Tobben's bravery and dedication to serving the community. They also asked for thoughts and prayers for his family during this difficult time.

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