Inmate firefighter dies in the line of duty from fallen tree

A prison firefighter died in the line of duty May 24 after a 3,000-pound, 105-year-old tree fell and struck him in the head while he was clearing brush in the Hoopa Valley area in Northern California. Matthew Beck, a 26-year-old prisoner serving a six-year term for burglary, was operating a chainsaw at the time and … Continue reading Inmate firefighter dies in the line of duty from fallen tree