MacDonald, Michael: Blackfoot “Hotshot” victim of medical helicopters collision

By The Associated Press 7-08

A collision of two medical aircraft in Flagstaff, Ariz. on June 29 left several people dead including:

– Michael MacDonald, 26, of Browning, Mont., was a wildland firefighter with the Blackfeet Tribe’s Chief Mountain Hotshots. He had been fighting a prescribed fire on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and was being taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center from the South Rim after suffering anaphylactic shock – a life-threatening allergic reaction – from a treatment he received for a bug bite, authorities said. Tribal Chairman Earl Old Person called MacDonald “a nice, nice young fellow ... well-liked,” who took great pride in being a Hotshot.

MacDonald and his girlfriend were expecting their first child next month. His uncle, John Hall, said MacDonald, a University of Montana student, enjoyed playing basketball. “He was very happy-go-lucky and always had a smile on his face,” Hall said. “He had friends all over. There was nobody that didn’t like Mikey.”

“It’s pretty tragic. It’s a somber day here at the park,” Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge said.

 

 

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