A final autopsy report concluded that the cause of death for a 23-year-old firefighter last month was вЂњhyperthermia,вЂќ or the uncontrolled overheating of the body.
Caleb Hamm died on July 7 while fighting the CR 337 fire near Mineral Wells, Texas. He was a member of the Utah-based Bonneville Interagency Hotshot crew.
The Dallas (Texas) Office of the Medical ExaminerвЂ™s autopsy report concluded, вЂњBased on the case history and autopsy findings, it is our opinion that Caleb Nathanael Hamm вЂ¦ died as a result of hyperthermia.вЂќ The report was signed by three physicians.
HammвЂ™s death is being reviewed by an interagency Serious Accident Investigation Team. Such reviews are standard practice when firefighters are seriously injured or die in the line of duty. The teamвЂ™s purpose is to gather factual information and make recommendations that will help prevent future injuries or illnesses to wildland firefighters.
The teamвЂ™s final report should be completed sometime in September.