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Matthew Anthony King


On Saturday, July 16, 2022, Lieutenant Matthew Anthony King from the Bernalillo County Fire Department, and three members of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office, were aboard a helicopter returning to Albuquerque after performing aerial wildland fire suppression at the East Mesa Fire. The helicopter crashed killing all four occupants. Investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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

Department information

Bernalillo County Fire Department
6840 2nd ST NW
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87107

Chief: Greg Perez

Age: 44
Rank: Lieutenant
Classification: Career
Incident date: July 16, 2022 7:22 p.m.
Date of death: July 16, 2022
Cause of death: Vehicle Collision - Includes Aircraft
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Other
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Outdoor Property

Last updated: July 19, 2022