New Mexico firefighter killed in helicopter crash honored by neighborhood: ‘His compassion was simply unmatched’

New Mexico firefighter killed in helicopter crash honored by neighborhood: ‘His compassion was simply unmatched’

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A funeral was held on Monday for a New Mexico firefighter killed in a helicopter crash final month. 

Bernalillo County Fireplace Lt. Matthew King was one among 4 first responders killed within the crash on July 16. He had served Bernalillo County for greater than 11 years.

“His motive for making use of was as a result of, and I quote, ‘It’s my lifelong objective to grow to be a firefighter paramedic.’ I’d say he met his lifelong objective after which some,” Deputy Chief Zach Lardy stated, based on KOAT.

King was one of many authentic six personnel chosen to assist develop a helicopter-based rescue program, which has responded greater than 400 instances and helped 1000’s of New Mexican residents.

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Bernalillo County Fireplace Lt. Matthew King was killed in a helicopter crash on July 16.
(Bernalillo County Fireplace Division)

“We had been all afraid of disappointing Matt,” Lardy stated.

He was seen as a mentor by his fellow service members. He had mentored and skilled greater than 50 cadets to grow to be firefighters in Bernalillo County, based on Division Chief Joshua Ellis.

“I responded to a name for a woman who was having hassle respiratory. Whereas we had been inside her home, Matt held her hand and helped transfer her to our mattress. He by no means let go. His compassion was simply unmatched,” Ellis stated.

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Lt. Matthew King had mentored and trained more than 50 cadets to become firefighters in Bernalillo County.

Lt. Matthew King had mentored and skilled greater than 50 cadets to grow to be firefighters in Bernalillo County.
(Bernalillo County Fireplace Division)

King leaves behind his spouse and youngsters.

“Audrey, I do know he liked you greater than any phrases may probably categorical. Aedden and Kyra, your dad, obsessively talked about how happy with each of you he was,” Lardy stated.

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Lt. Matthew King served Bernalillo County for more than 11 years. This picture is a file photo of a Bernalillo County Sheriff's Office helicopter.

Lt. Matthew King served Bernalillo County for greater than 11 years. This image is a file picture of a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Workplace helicopter.
(Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Workplace)

He was given the medal of honor, Line of Responsibility Dying medal, and his Ceremonial Axe earlier than his neighborhood stated farewell.

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“Chief one fireplace management. Please present last dispatch for Lt. Matthew King,” Fireplace Chief Greg Perez stated.

King, 44, was killed in addition to Bernalillo County Undersheriff Larry Koren, 55, Lieutenant Fred Beers, 51, and Deputy Michael Levison, 30.

The primary responders had been on board the helicopter serving to to battle the East Mesa Fireplace, dropping buckets of water over the blaze, the sheriff’s division stated on Twitter.

All communication was misplaced with the crew after the helicopter refueled and was on its manner again to Albuquerque. The helicopter went down close to Las Vegas, New Mexico. It is unclear what prompted the crash. 

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