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)
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.
|Incident date:||May 24, 2017 13:50|
|Date of death:||May 24, 2017|
|Cause of death:||Struck By|
|Nature of death:||Crushed|
|Duty type:||Other On-Duty|
|Fixed property use:||Outdoor Property|