LODD: Calif. firefighter dies after being struck by tree

Brent Witham, 29, was working with a wildland crew when he was hit by the falling tree

Duty Death: Brent Witham - [Lolo, Montana]

By FireRescue1 Staff

LOLO, Mont. — A firefighter was killed after being struck by a tree Wednesday.  

KTVQ reported that EMS responded to a call after Brent Witham, 29, was hit by a falling tree while battling a wildfire.

Crews attempted to get Witham to a landing zone so he could be transported by a helicopter, but he died from his injuries.

"Sheriff McDermott is sad to announce that a firefighter assigned to the Lolo Peak fire was killed Wednesday afternoon,” the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “The Missoula County Sheriff's Office is conducting the coroner investigation. Further details will be available once the investigation is complete and family members of the victim’s family have been notified.”


We mourn the loss of our Vista Grande Hot Shot, Brent Witham. Please keep his family and Forest Service family in your prayers

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