WEST VALLEY CITY (News4Utah) – A Utah firefighter who died in the line of duty was laid to rest Monday.
Draper City Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, 42, lost his life while battling the largest wildfire in California’s history, the Mendocino Complex fire. Burchett leaves behind a wife and young son.
Funeral services for Burchett were held Monday, August 20, at 11 a.m. at the Maverik Center in West Valley City before he his burial at Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery in Provo.
Burchett was with the Unified Fire Authority for 20 years before leaving in May to accept a promotion with Draper City. He had extensive experience working on wildfires.
Surrounding Battalion Chief Burchett Monday were his brothers and sisters from Unified Fire Authority, Unified Police, Draper City Fire and Draper Police as well as fire and police agencies from across the country.
Draper City Fire Chief spoke about Burchett’s death Friday ahead of his funeral. He said the impression Burchett left on the Draper City Fire Department during his short tenure is “immeasurable.”
“As a department, we will now work daily to live up the legacy Matt has left behind,” said Draper City Fire Chief Clint Smith.
Governor Gary Herbert ordered the lowering of the United States flag and the Utah flag to honor the life and service of Battalion Chief Burchett.
The governor previously issued the following statement regarding Burchett’s death:
“Jeanette and I were heartbroken when we learned that Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett died fighting the California wildfires. When he left with his fellow firefighters to battle the wildfires in California we were so proud of his service — now his heroism leaves us both proud and devastated. He gave everything to defend the lives of others. By so doing, he exemplified the greatest love and bravery of which humans are capable. We mourn for his dear wife and son. They are in our hearts and in our prayers.”
Flags will be flown at half-staff at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset on Monday.
The Utah Firefighters Emerald Society is accepting donations on behalf of the Burchett family. 100% of the money raised will go to his family.
WATCH: Funeral service for Battalion Chief Burchett
Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett’s father with one last phone call to his son