Matthew C. Dillon, 60, director of telecommunications services at the Veterans Administration and a long time member and officer of the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department, died Tuesday at the Med Star Unit of the Washington Hospital Center following a heart attack. He was stricken while going to work.
Mr. Dillon was born in Waynesboro, Pa. and moved to Washington with his family as an infant. He graduated from Gonzaga College High School and attended Catholic University.
In the early 1940s, he went to work for the Washington Gas Light Co. About 1950, he joined the Radio Corporation of America, thus beginning his career in communications. In 1955, he went to work at the Stategic Communications Command in the Defense Department. In the early 1960s, he transferred to the Veterans Administration and remained there until his death.
Mr. Dillon joined the Silver Spring Volunteer Fire Department in 1953.
He was its assistant chief from 1957 to 1967. In 1956, he was named Montgomery County Fireman of the Year for rescuing a man from a burning apartment building.
Survivors include his wife. Dorothy Shelor Dillon of Olney, two sons, Charles R., also of Olney and Patrick A., of Laurel and three grandchildren.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Med Star Unit, Washington Hospital Center.