Thomas Duffy


On Monday, August 24, 2020, Pilot Thomas Duffy, flying a Type 1 Kmax helicopter, was conducting bucket drops while battling the White River Fire in Mount Hood National Forest, when his helicopter crashed.  He worked for Central Copters, Inc., a private family run company out of Belgrade, Montana, as a wildland-contract pilot for the U.S. Forest Service.  The official cause of the crash is under investigation.

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

Department information

Central Copters, Inc.
191 Aviation Ln
Belgrade, Montana 59714

Chief: Mark Duffy, Owner

Age: 40
Rank: Pilot
Classification: Wildland Contract
Incident date: August 24, 2020 16:00
Date of death: August 24, 2020
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Water Supply
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Watch America’s Tribute to Fallen Firefighters

Honoring line-of-duty deaths in 2019