Matthew Burchett of the Draper Fire Department was laid to rest today following a funeral procession attended by the community of Draper. He was a veteran firefighter that progressed in his career to battalion chief with the Draper Fire Department. Matthew Burchett along with five other Draper firefighters and Utah volunteers had been dispatched to the California Medocino Complex fire. He was combating the Ranch Fire near Lake Pillsbury. Burchett sustained injuries from a tree falling and later died. He was 42 years old.
Burchett had a long career as a firefighter. He worked as any other firefighter does with response to many house fires and medical emergencies but he was also a full-time firefighter with the Unified Fire Authority (UFA). Most of his career was spent working for UFA. Burchett previously fought fires in California in 2009 and 2016 and recently started working in Draper.
Burchett was honored throughout the state of Utah. The flags at Draper City Hall were at half-staff. The city’s fire department added a black band to it’s online shield. Flags across the state of Utah were lowered by order of Governor Jerry Brown. The Mayor of Draper, Troy Walker, stated, “The entire community of Draper is mourning his loss.” Burchett leaves behind a wife and 6-year-old son.