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SLOStringer remembered on Netflix series ‘Shot in the Dark’

Family, friends remember SLOStringer Matthew Frank

Friends and family of SLOStringer, as well as members of the community, gathered Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the life of and to share stories about Matthew Frank. Frank, 30, died in a car crash.
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Friends and family of SLOStringer, as well as members of the community, gathered Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at Mountainbrook Church in San Luis Obispo to celebrate the life of and to share stories about Matthew Frank. Frank, 30, died in a car crash.

The late Matthew Frank, better known to many in San Luis Obispo County as SLOStringer, was the subject of an episode of Netflix’s new original series, “Shot in the Dark.”

The documentary-style show follows three rival stringers as they film fires, crime scenes and accidents, according to its description.

In the seventh episode, the three men travel to San Luis Obispo for Frank’s memorial service after his death in a crash north of the Cuesta Grade in March. Frank, who chased breaking news across the Central Coast, was driving to respond to a house fire in Atascadero at the time.

“We’ve lost one of us tonight,” fellow stringer Austin Raishbrook says during the episode. “Even though we’re competition, we’re all a stringer family. It could be any one of us up there.”

Since the 30-year-old’s death, community members and public officials have lamented his loss in hundreds of Facebook and Twitter posts and with an outpouring of donations. A memorial fund set up in his name raised $28,506 in eight months, and in July, the California State Assembly voted to name a portion of Highway 101 after Frank.

Kaytlyn Leslie: 805-781-7928, @kaytyleslie

Matthew Frank, also known as SLO Stringer, was remembered by Assemblyman Jordan Cunningham on the floor of the California State Assembly on Monday, April 3, 2017. Here is Cunningham's tribute.

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