Battalion Chief Matthew K Ray started in 1998 as a volunteer firefighter With Pine Grove Fire Department in Kershaw County. In 2000 Matthew started as a Career firefighter with the City of Camden. In 2006 Matthew started with the City of Sumter Fire Department. Matthew held the positions of Firefighter 1, Firefighter 3, Engineer 1, Engineer 2, Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief since 2023. Matthew is still a current volunteer firefighter. Chief Ray has a family tradition in the fire service that dates back multiple generations.
Matthew and his wife, Mallory have been married since 2006, and have two boys together, Charlie and Jackson.