CalFire pilot dies of natural causes while on duty

Mar 9, 2015 1:55 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Flags will be flown at half-staff at the state capitol to honor a longtime CalFire helicopter pilot who died while on duty this week.

A California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman said 72-year-old Jerold Bonner was found dead inside his barracks Friday at the Alma Helitack base in Los Gatos.

Amy Head said Bonner died of natural causes.

Bonner served as a CalFire helicopter pilot for nearly 16 years and was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He lived in the Mojave Desert community of Helendale in San Bernardino County.

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