California inmate firefighter dies after rock strikes her

AP News
Posted: Feb 26, 2016 2:38 PM

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) — Corrections officials say an inmate firefighter has died a day after she was struck by a large rock while battling a brush fire in Southern California.

Shawna Lynn Jones was airlifted to a hospital with major head injuries. The state corrections department said the 22-year-old was taken off life support Friday after her organs were donated, as her family requested.

Jones is the third inmate firefighter to die on a fire line since the corrections department program began in 1943.

She was a Los Angeles County jail inmate who joined the state firefighting program last year.

Inspector Randall Wright of the Los Angeles County Fire Department says she was hit by a rock that fell about 100 feet from the hillside above her in the Santa Monica Mountains above Malibu.