Longtime local guitarist Michael Goodrich Jr., who moved to Ketchum, Idaho, last year to play for Staggering Home, suffered third-degree burns over 50 percent of his body after falling into a bonfire pit on July 14. The 31-year-old "was asleep and got up to go to the bathroom, and he must have tripped and fell into the pit," said his girlfriend Kate Merrick, reached via cell phone at the University of Utah Medical Center's burn unit. "He was probably trying to get out [of the pit] for an hour before [friends] found him." Goodrich was helicoptered by LifeFlight to Boise and then flown by jet to the Salt Lake City hospital. "His heart stopped three times during the flight," according to Merrick.
Goodrich had surgery performed on his right leg, back, and right arm and is expected to remain in critical condition for up to two months before undergoing six to eight more months of physical therapy. Goodrich doesn't have health insurance, so a Staggering Home benefit show at the Kasino Club in Stanley, Idaho, is planned.