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Old 08-13-2018, 21:36
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Default LODD- Matthew Burchett, City of Draper, Utah, Mendocino Complex Fire

CaliforniaFirefighter.com honors city of Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett who was killed in our state while serving mutual aid to California. He will be remembered as one of California's Fallen.



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A career wildland firefighter from Draper died Monday while battling the massive Mendocino Complex Fire in California.

Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, 42, suffered injuries after a tree fell on him, The Press Democrat in Santa Rosa, Calif., reported. He later died at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. The newspaper reported three firefighters from Kings County, Calif., were injured.

Burchett was near Lake Pillsbury combating the Ranch Fire — one of multiple blazes making up the larger complex. His survivors include a wife and 6-year-old son.

“The one thing I would want people to know about him is he was just a good, good soul,” Unified Fire Authority Assistant Chief Mike Watson said Tuesday. “He was a good human being. He had many skills. He was at the top of his craft. But all of those things pale in comparison to the type of person he was.”

“The entire community of Draper is mourning his loss,” said Mayor Troy Walker.

House Speaker Greg Hughes, whose district includes Draper, said the mayor is close to the family. Walker helped get Burchett’s wife to her husband’s body and is helping to bring it back to Utah.

“Draper is still a small community," Hughes said. “Everybody feels it. ... We’re just trying to help a state that’s having the worst wildfires in their state’s history. Having something like this happen, it’s just been really sobering and it’s been sad.”

Flags at Draper City Hall were quickly lowered to half-staff; the city fire department added a black band across its shield online. California Gov. Jerry Brown ordered flags lowered in that state to honor Burchett.
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Old 08-15-2018, 23:41
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Default Re: Matthew Burchett, City of Draper, Utah, Mendocino Complex Fire

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