Calif. fire chief released from hospital after ‘freak accident’

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Murrieta Patch

MURRIETA, Calif. — Murrieta Fire Chief Matt Shobert, who was sent to an intensive care unit after being hit in his face by a rock during a brush clearing operation, has been released from the hospital, a spokesman said Saturday.

Shobert was discharged Friday night from Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he had undergone a four-hour to six-hour operation Wednesday.

He was injured in what fire officials termed a "freak accident" involving a large mowing machine at the Bear Creek gate community in Murrieta. "He's got a long road ahead," Murrieta Fire Capt. Matt Corelli said of Shobert, who he said is alert, lucid and recovering at home. "He's made a quick turn-around."

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