Matthew Beck, Inmate Firefighter

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Inmate Firefighter Matthew Beck was leading a crew clearing brush for a grade project when a 120-foot tree uprooted and fell on him. Beck suffered major head, neck and back injuries. The remote location of the incident posed challenges for medical responders and before life-flight crews could get to him, Beck passed away.

Incident Location: Vicinity of Hoopa, Humboldt County, CA (approximately 320 miles north of San Francisco) (U.S. National Grid: 10T DL 4310 4443)

Department information

1416 9th Street POB 944246
U.S. National Grid: 10S FH 3093 7079
Sacramento, California 94244-2460

Chief: Director Ken Pimlott

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 26
Rank: Inmate Firefighter
Classification: Wildland Full-Time
Incident date: May 24, 2017 13:50
Date of death: May 24, 2017
Cause of death: Struck By
Nature of death: Crushed
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: No
Duty type: Other On-Duty
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property