USFA On-Duty Death: New Mexico

United States Fire Administration
19 July 2022

The United States Fire Administration has announced the death of Lieutenant Matthew Anthony King, 44, of the Bernalillo County Fire Department on 16 July 2022.

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.

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

The number of on-duty deaths for 2022 currently is 61.

Go here to read the number of interior line of duty deaths for 2022.

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

For more information about on-duty deaths as recorded by the United States Fire Administration go to “Firefighter Fatalities in the United States.”

Published by Data Not Drama

Data Not Drama is writings that provide a point of critical thought about firefighter fatality data and education, line of duty deaths, and risk. The main focus is to encourage less risk aversion and better knowledge on the subject of firefighter fatalities in firefighters, fire departments, and fire service organizations.

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