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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert on Sunday ordered flags lowered for National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend and Fire Prevention Week, and to remember fallen Utah firefighter Matthew Burchett.
”We are grateful for firefighters who risk and even give their lives to ensure the safety of our communities. We cannot and do not take their sacrifice lightly. Last year, Utah lost Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, who deployed to California to assist during that extreme fire season,” Herbert said in a statement.
“We remember him for his bravery, for his willingness to volunteer to help, and for the love he showed in giving his life in the service and protection of others. God bless all our firefighters and their families.”
Flags were to be flown at half-staff at state and public facilities until sunset on Sunday, and the governor asked individuals and businesses to do the same.
The Draper battalion chief was killed on Aug. 13, 2018, after being hit by falling tree debris after thousands of gallons of retardant were dropped on the area where he was helping battle the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California.
Burchett, 42, was also honored Sunday in Maryland at the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. During the event, his name was added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial, along with the names of 91 other firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2018 and 27 who died in previous years, according to memorial organizers.