Gov. Gary R. Herbert has ordered the lowering of the flag of the United States of America and the flag of the State of Utah on Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 to honor the life and service of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, who will be laid to rest on that day.
Battalion Chief Burchett died from wounds sustained while fighting the Mendocino Complex Fire in Northern California.
The governor has previously issued the following statement:
“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 Mon., Aug. 20, 2018 only. Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time.