Shasta Co. releases name of man killed in bridge jump

Published: Jul. 29, 2021 at 11:38 AM PDT|Updated: Aug. 2, 2021 at 9:47 AM PDT
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Lake Britton, Calif. (KOLO) - UPDATE AUG. 2 The Shasta County Coroner’s Office has identified the man killed after jumping off the highway bridge over Lake Britton as Don Taylor Gorum, 23, of Sparks.

Gorum was believed to have been an experienced bridge/cliff jumper.

Investigators say Gorum jumped off the Highway 89 bridge and did not surface. When deputies arrived on scene, the man had been underwater for more than 30 minutes. He was eventually found in the dark, muddy water at 7:45 Wednesday evening. The dive team members say Gorum was in approximately 37 feet of water.

Deputies say Gorum was with a group of friends who filmed him jumping off the bridge. The video reportedly shows the man attempting a flipping maneuver before landing awkwardly.

Gorum was identified on the Silver State Hotshots Facebook page as a wildland firefighter.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with memorial service costs.

Our family will mis another great hotshot.

Posted by Silver State Hotshots on Saturday, July 31, 2021

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