New Mexico firefighter dies while on project work

A firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service in New Mexico collapsed and died May 5 while performing project work with his engine crew. The following message was distributed Monday, May 6, by Jeanne Higgins, Deputy Regional Forester for the USFS’ Southwestern Region.

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we share the tragic news of the death of Fallen Wildland Firefighter, Daniel Davidson.  Davidson, age 26, was working on project work near Mayhill, NM, on Sunday afternoon with two other engine crew members, when he collapsed. CPR was administered immediately, however when emergency personnel responded with the Life Flight helicopter, Davidson was pronounced deceased at the scene.The cause of Daniel Davidson’s death is under investigation.

Davidson, a U.S. Army veteran had served two tours in Afghanistan with the 10th Mountain Infantry Division. Following his tour in the Army, Davidson became a crew member of Engine 621 on the Sacramento Ranger District of the Lincoln National Forest.

Our sincerest condolences and heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of Daniel. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

FEMA’s report can be found here.

Our sincere condolences go out to Mr. Davidson’s family and co-workers.

Thanks go out to Jeff

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

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  1. Such sad news, RIP brother you and your family are in our prayers…


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