Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued the following statement following the death of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett, who died Monday due to injuries sustained fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California:
“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.”
Gov. Herbert will order the lowering of the Flag of the United States of America and the Flag of the State of Utah on the day of Chief Burchett’s funeral.