Community pays respects to fallen firefighter Matt Burchett as funeral procession passes

Community gathered to watch funeral procession of fallen firefighter Matt Burchett and pay respects on Monday, August 20, 2018. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) — It was a somber journey as Draper City Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett’s funeral procession made its way from Salt Lake County to Utah County.

Dozens of people stood along 4100 South in West Valley City to pay their respects.

“He deserves it. He deserves respect,” Wendy Koehler said. She stood in the same spot last week to watch as Burchett’s body came home. She watched quietly on Monday as he made his way to his final resting place.

”They put their lives on the line every day for us and we need to remember that,” Koehler said.

With American flags waving, the community came out to pay tribute to the fallen hero. Nearly 30 people stood with their hands across their hearts as the fire trucks passed.

“We work for Unified Police so we came out to support our Unified Firefighters, just to give him a send-off and thank him for his service,” Sondra Hubbard said. She stood alongside her fellow UPD officers.

“It’s really hard knowing he gave his whole life to help people and to save people and that he passed in the line of duty,” Hubbard said.

As hundreds of flashing lights passed under the bridge, people thought of the family Burchett leaves behind.

“We want to show his wife and son that there’s people out there that do care and our grateful for his services,” Nicole Hodges said.

People gathered along the overpass say they hope this small gesture shows the Burchett family and firefighters that this community stands with them.


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