21 Sep Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett honored at international…
Draper City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett will be honored among several other fallen firefighters during the International Association of Firefighters’ Fallen Firefighter Memorial on Saturday.
Firefighters from across America and Canada gathered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to celebrate the firefighters who risked their lives in the line of duty – one of which is Burchett.
Burchett, 42, died while battling the Mendocino Complex Fire that burned in northern California in August 2018. He was known not only as an excellent wildland firefighter, but also a humble, dedicated and loving husband, father, brother and friend.
Burchett’s life, service and death impacted people statewide and nationwide. He received a hero’s welcome when his body returned to Utah from California and thousands attended his funeral at the Maverik Center in West Valley City later that August.
In June, Draper City Fire Department received a memorial bench that honored Burchett during their participation at the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s annual golf tournament.
Aug. 13 marked the one-year anniversary of his death. California fire crews created a memorial for Burchett on the hillside near where he died battling the Mendocino Complex Fire’s flames.
In September, the United States Honor Flag appeared at the Draper City Hall to honor the late battalion chief.
On Sept. 11, the Sacramento Bee reported that Burchett’s wife filed a lawsuit against Cal Fire and the aircraft company for alleged negligence when a supertanker dropped nearly 20,000 gallons of fire retardant near his position, which uprooted the tree that killed him.