Matthew David Goodnature

Firefighter Goodnature was assigned to the Launch Fire near Four Mile Lake in south central Oregon. During a break from fire fighting duties, Firefighter Goodnature experienced an accidental fall. When Firefighter Goodnature did not appear for a head count, other firefighters searched for him. He was found, deceased, laying over a log on his back. Firefighter Goodnature fell in such a way that he broke his neck on impact.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Four Mile Lake, OR (U.S. National Grid: 10T EN 62 03)

Department Information

Fremont-Winema National Forrest
1301 South G ST
U.S. National Grid: 10T GM 1910 7236
Lakeview, Oregon 97630

Chief: Joe Reinarz

Matthew David Goodnature was honored on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland and was included in the USFA’s annual report Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.
Age: 21 
Rank: Firefighter 
Classification: Wildland Contract 
Incident date: Jul 29, 2014 18:30
Date of death: Jul 29, 2014 
Cause of death: Fall 
Nature of death: Trauma 
Activity type: Other 
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire 
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property