Gov. Herbert orders flag lowering for fallen Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett


    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 in honor of fallen Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, according to a news release. (Photo courtesy of Salt Lake City Emergency Management)

    (KUTV) -- 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 in honor of fallen Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, according to a news release.

    This is meant to honor the life and service of Chief Burchett, who died fighting fires in 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.

    The flags will be lowered on Monday, Aug. 20 at all state facilities and public grounds from sunrise until sunset, according to a news release.

    Individuals and businesses are encouraged to fly the flag at half-staff for the same length of time as well.

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