The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office's Metro 2 helicopter went down outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico, at roughly 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, 2022, while conducting wildfire operations, including bucket drops and providing air logistics to ground crews. Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office photo.
A Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office helicopter crash in New Mexico has claimed the lives of four first responders.
The Metro 2 helicopter went down outside of Las Vegas at roughly 7:20 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, while conducting wildfire operations, including bucket drops and providing air logistics to ground crews.
Investigators believe the helicopter was returning to Albuquerque after battling the East Mesa Fire.
There were no survivors.
On July 16, 2022, at approximately 7:20 pm, the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office helicopter known as Metro 2 crashed just outside of Las Vegas, New Mexico. There were no survivors. Clockwise from left: Undersheriff Larry Koren, Lt. Fred Beers, Rescue Specialist Matthew King (Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue), and Deputy Michael Levison. Coffee or Die Magazine composite.
In a prepared statement released late Sunday, sheriff’s officials identified the dead crewmen as Undersheriff Larry Koren, Lt. Fred Beers, Deputy Michael Levison, and Rescue Specialist Matthew King, a member of Bernalillo County Fire and Rescue.
The New Mexico State Police and other local, state, and federal agencies are probing the accident.
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