Matthew David Burchett
1975 - 2018
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12/28/1975 ~ 8/13/2018
Dearest Matt,
Our hearts are aching with your parting from this earth. The thought of another day without your smile, the sound of your voice, or your presence is more than we can bear. It is so unbelievably hard to admit that you are gone from this world.
We know we must continue and carry forward the gifts you have given us during your life: service, kindness, generosity, and humility.
Your life began when you were born in Salt Lake City, on December 28, 1975. From the moment of your birth, you were destined to make a difference in the world. Your proud parents, Tom and Rose Burchett, looked upon you with pride and knew that you would change the world. You grew up in Midway, Utah, where you spent days with your siblings, Monica, Dominic, and Gina, playing in the fragrant green fields of farmland. You made rope swings and bike ramps and challenged your sense of fear and that of those around you. We believe this was the first inkling of your call to be a firefighter.
As a child, you were always initiating ideas and plans-some of which did not end well for those of us involved. Take, for example, the harrowing bike ride, where you sat on the back of your older sister's banana seat, and shouted, "Burn rubber, Monica!!." She did, you all crashed, and she has the scars to show for it. Or, when you designed a spectacular bike ramp, and convinced your younger brother, Dom, to test it out first (after all, he weighed less than you did, so it made perfect sense). Of course, the bike ramp was not without its flaws, Dom crashed, but you were immediately working on the re-design. And last but not least, you created a physical challenge for your younger sister to improve her sprinting skills. It went like this: Gina had 10 seconds to run as fast as she could before you began shooting at her with a BB gun. Your vision for what could always be over-powered our fear of what consequences might result. You had a way of helping us see what was possible, what we might be capable of, even if we had to suffer a little pain to get there.
As you grew into young adulthood, you attended Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, where you made some life-long friends, sharing many adventures and mischief together. After you graduated in 1994, you discovered your passion for service when you were hired with Salt Lake County Wildland as a firefighter. You quickly excelled and in 1998, you worked the front lines with Logan Hotshots. There you developed an expertise in fighting forest fires, something that would set you apart for the rest of your career. During the winters, on your time off from fighting fires, your love for skiing lured you to working for Solitude Ski Patrol. The brotherhood of the ski patrol gave you a taste of what was yet to come in your future career.
1999 was a big year, you married the love of your life and your perfect complement, Heather, and were hired full time with Salt Lake County (Unified Fire Authority). With Heather by your side, you entered into this brotherhood spending nearly 20 years with UFA serving as a firefighter, paramedic and captain. During your tenure you served the communities of Magna, Holladay, and Millcreek as a station Captain, providing experience and helping others to recognize their potential-especially when they couldn't see it in themselves. You also worked stints in the fire training and emergency management divisions where your contributions will be utilized for years to come.
In 2011, your world was changed again when you and Heather welcomed your son Griffin, into the world. You were a patient and gentle father. You taught him the importance of kindness, generosity, acceptance, and many skills for life. Skiing, multiplication tables, mountain biking, and how to build and run a gourmet lemonade stand were just a few. You taught Griff how to "Matt-Gyver" the world.
In 2015, you had a set-back when you suffered a stroke. With this stroke brought a long recovery, and yet, you were still more capable and intelligent than most of us-using your creativity and ingenuity to build the home of your dreams.
2018 presented you with a difficult decision-to leave UFA and accept the position of Battalion Chief with Draper City. You accepted the challenge to grow professionally, to stretch and learn new things.
You loved to be outdoors, and never missed a chance to take us with you-to ski, hike, run, fish, ride a bike, or anything that involved fresh air and mountains. We know this is what fed your passion and drive to fight forest fires-you loved to be out there, in nature, among the mountains and the trees, being brave and helping people at the same time.
A fantastic life most would agree-and yet, your quiet and unassuming presence shied away from public recognition or praise. You were humble, quiet; you did things because you were called to do them and because they were right, not for attention. Matty, we love you, and we will only try to be stronger now that you are not on this journey with us. We will celebrate your life and will cherish what you offered us. The gifts you brought to this world: kindness, service, love, generosity, patience, creativity, and humility, are gifts we should all practice every day. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from the communities in Utah, California and Nationwide. You help to remind us: don't ever be too busy to say I love you, tell people thank you and give them your gratitude. Live your life with your fullest passion and joy because it is the only one you have, and always, always, treat others with kindness and respect.
We love you Matt. From, Your loving family.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 20, 2018, at 11 A.M.at the Maverick Center, 3200 Decker Lake Dr., West Valley City, Utah.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all agencies and communities involved in honoring Matt in his final journey. We are overwhelmed by the support and expressions of caring, it has provided comfort to us all. To honor Matty, the family asks that you hug your loved ones, get outside and enjoy what you love the most. If you would like to donate to the Burchett family, the Utah Firefighter Emerald Society has set up a donation site http://www.utahfes.org.

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Published in Deseret News from Aug. 17 to Aug. 18, 2018.
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September 18, 2018
From a Californian and a former fire inspector and 911 dispatcher, thank you from the people of California. You didn't have to come, but you responded to our need, and you made the ultimate sacrifice for us. California will always be grateful to you and your family.
CW
September 2, 2018
Tom and Family,
I am so sad you lost your wonderful son. You were such a mentor as our Special Education Director and I am sure you and your wife passed on many of your great qualities to your children, especially treating all with respect. I appreciated all your help then and send my condolences to all of Matthew's family members. Thinking of you and your family. Sincerely, Noreen Mullen
Noreen Mullen
August 23, 2018
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Ceil Carino
August 22, 2018
Condolences on your loss. He is now Heaven with our Lord.
August 22, 2018
It's been many years, I do remember Matthew as a tyke. The obituary was wonderful.
Les Grames
August 22, 2018
As a former firefighter and Police Officer, I have seen some of the dangers and opportunities Matt had and excelled in doing. My wife and I were deeply saddened when we learned that Matt had been killed in an area of California that I had once been in.
God bless your family Matt, and thank you for your service. You will never be forgotten. Our hearts go out to you and your dear family!
August 21, 2018
Please accept my sincere sympathies for the loss of your dear loved one. May the love of family and friends comfort you during this time of sorrow. Jeremiah 29:11.
Kj
August 21, 2018
Please accept my deepest condolences, my heart goes out to you during this difficult time. May the hope of seeing your loved one again in the future, as our heavenly Father has promised, bring you comfort. John 11:24-25.
August 21, 2018
Dear Family of Matt:
"Do not stand at my grave and weep. I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow; I am the diamond glint on the snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain; I am the gentle autumn rain. When you waken in the morning hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of the quiet birds in circled flight. I am the soft star that shines at night. Do not stand at my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die."
We send our comforting love to each of you. Thank you for helping us refocus on all that matters each day of our lives.
Grandma Suzie and Family of Salt Lake
August 21, 2018
Richard Mecham
August 21, 2018
Was saddened to hear of Matt's passing. When I saw his picture I immediately remembered him from being class mates at Midway Elementary and Wasatch Middle school. Still has the smile I remember. I remember him being quiet but very polite and really nice. Losing a son is one of the hardest things I have endured in my life so sorry for your loss. Memories never go away. He was a great kid who turned into an even greater man. I was privileged to have known him as a child. My condolences to all of you.
Tanya Huffaker Hicken
August 21, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burchett Family at this most difficult time. We are former classmates from Bishop Glass School. Matthew was a wonderful person like his father and uncle. Rest In Peace and God Bless All Of You
Rolene (Burt) Morris -Tom
Kevin R Burt -Jimmy
August 21, 2018
Tom,
What a beautiful service that honored your son so well, it was so nice to hear of what a great man he is and the many acts of service and kindness he gave so many. As I watched his service today my thoughts went to you and Rose and what great parents you are to have such wonderful children. So many of the comments about Matt reminded me of what a great boss and leader you were at SLCSD Sp. Ed. Matt had two great examples to learn from. You and your family are in my prayers.
Pat Fender
Pat Fender
August 21, 2018
Pat Fender
August 21, 2018
To the Burchett Family our thoughts and prayers for your loss from two formal school mates at Bishop Glass School.
Rolene (Burt) Morris
Kevin R Burt
August 21, 2018
As soon as I saw Matthew's face I knew you were a
the family that my brother and I went to school with. I went to school with you Tom and my brother went to school with Jimmy. We went to Bishop Glass School in Glendale. Tom your son was a wonderful man and I watched some of the funeral today and when I saw you I knew it was the same family. You have not changed. The way everyone spoke about Matthew it was like they were speaking about you and your brother Jimmy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
Rolene (Burt) Morris & Kevin R Burt
August 20, 2018
My deepest condolences to the Burchett Family, Friends and Brotherhood of Firefighters. Respectfully, Retired PIO/Arson Career Firefighter. Jesse S. Valenzuela
Jesse Valenzuela
August 20, 2018
To the Burchett family, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know Matt but wish I had. The world needs more Matt Burchett's in it. May all your wonderful memories help you during this extremely difficult time.
Pam Shepaprd
August 20, 2018
1997 Wildland Fire
Anna Johnson Widerberg
August 20, 2018
1997 Wildland Fire
Anna Johnson Widerberg
August 20, 2018
1997 Wildland Fire
Anna Johnson Widerberg
August 20, 2018
Found this picture of Matt 1197 Salt Lake County Wildlan
Anna Johnson Widerberg
August 20, 2018
Dom, I don't know if you remember me, but I worked with you and Matt at Salt Lake County Wildland 20 years ago, at the start of both your fire careers. I could not make it to the funeral, but wanted to tell you and Matt's family, how sorry I was to hear about this tragedy. I remember laughing, playing Frisbee and soccer, hiking and lots of good laughs with Matt. He still has the same great smile. I hope you find peace during this tough time. Anna Johnson Widerberg
Anna Widerberg
August 20, 2018
Thank you for your service Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett ♡ It wasn't how you died that made you a hero, but it was how you lived. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice.
Wife of a Firefighter
August 20, 2018
God speed Chief, may your family feel peace knowing you were making a difference in this world.
Matt K
August 20, 2018
I just watched a touching,beautiful, emotional tribute to a husband, father,and firefighter that brought to me such sorrow.I did not know him or his family or his firefighter family but I'd like to wish the best to all of you.stay strong and God bless.
August 20, 2018
I didn't know Matt but after watching the beautiful celebration of his life, now I feel that I know him. Prayers to family and friends. What a wonderful thing to see how many people love and adore him. It definitely is something I will never forget.
Sharla Thompson
August 20, 2018
A very restful Californian
Dianne Peichoto
August 20, 2018
A beautiful tribute! Rest in peace.
Stacey M
August 20, 2018
My heart goes out to you Burchett Family my the lord bless you with peace at this time of need he was a true hero
Katina Ellis
August 20, 2018
Dear Burchett Family,

Your loss of son, brother, husband and father, Matt, is an unbelievable one. I cannot imagine the emotional sadness you are enduring. Our community is truly blessed to have selfless individuals such as Matt and his comrades willing to go into harms way to protect and serve. As the wife of a retired SLCPD Captain and mother of an Officer, I am beside myself with pride for such sacrifice and want you to know my thoughts and prayers are with your family during this difficult time and always.

With love,
Danielle Anderson-Cardona
(JMCHS '91)
August 20, 2018
My heart goes out to you and your family in this time of sorrow. I so appreciate everything you have done to assist your fellow firefighters and my community. I appreciate you and your family love and prayers out to you. Rest in peace.
August 20, 2018
My Deepest Sympathy to the Burchett Friends @ Family. Although I did not know your loved one personally I do feel your Pain and Loss. My Dear Friend Annie was so close to me many years ago. And Again I am So sorry for your loss. What a courageous Man, to put his life on the line to help save humanity. Thoughts and PRAYERS with you all! RIP Matt Burchett
Teresa Mousley
Friend
August 20, 2018
Good bye my Brother.

Rodney Wilkerson,
Capt. Unified Fire Authority, Retired
August 20, 2018
I have always admired firefighters for their extraordinary courage to put their lives at risk to save the lives of their own community, even people they have never met. Theirs is a difficult, challenging, and dangerous job; yet they willingly go as duty calls. This is a true hero, and Matt was one of those. A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart and Matt had a strong heart. He will be deeply missed. Thank you Matt for your noble and valiant service to your community. You are a true hero. My sincerest condolences go with his family at this difficult time. While his body may be departed, his spirit lives on and watches over his loved ones with gentle love, and eager anticipation for a grand reunion. God's speed dear friends.
Robert Jones
August 20, 2018
My condolences to the Burchett family for the loss of Matt, an exceptional human being.

Gil Cordova
August 20, 2018
I have no words. I cant even imagine losing a child. Tom, Rose, my condolences to you and your family on behalf of Jennifer, Jamie, Maria and myself.
Rick Burchett
Family
August 20, 2018
On behalf of the Judge Memorial family, may you Rest in Peace, Battalion Chief Burchett. May your friends and family be comforted, especially Heather and Griffin! Thank you for your sacrifice, and for representing Judge Memorial so well. You will not be forgotten!
Angela Hill
Classmate
August 19, 2018
I didn't know you but I know that you were one of gods children and are a Hero! God Bless you. May you RIP.
Kimberlee Bean
Neighbor
August 19, 2018
Dear Tom and family. I was so sad to hear of your loss. I know how difficult it is to lose a child. He sounds like such a great man with a huge heart, and a true hero!
With love and thinking about you all,
Shar Henderson
August 19, 2018
Dear Tom and Rose,
So sorry for your loss. You are both in my thoughts and prayers
Lesley McLaughlin
Friend
August 19, 2018
On behalf of Knight of Columbus Council 12181 Draper, Utah we send condolences to the family of Matthew Burchett.
August 19, 2018
My deepest sympathies to the Burchett Family.
Marleen Kaatz
August 19, 2018
Steven Thatcher
August 19, 2018
A life lived to the fullest and to the family that raised and supported him we offer our deepest respect and prayers
Liz and Byron Evans
August 19, 2018
I am so sorry to hear that such a courageous son of yours has passed.
You may remember me Rose, I worked with you & Elaine in the preschool in West Jordan years ago. (In the old church building) Your name came to my mind when reading about Matt. I am ever so sorry to hear of your sadness. My condolences to you and your family.
Kathy (Angus) Polster
August 19, 2018
A fireman knocked at the heavenly gate
His face was scarred and old
He stood before the man of fate
For admission to the fold
What have you done Saint Peter said
To gain admission here?
Ive been a firefighter sir, he said
For many many a year
The pearly gates swung open wide,
As Saint Peter touched the bell
Come in and choose your harp my son,
Youve seen your share of hell.

I dont know you Matt, but you are still my Brother. Your sacrifice will not be forgotten. . A Fireman never really dies. They forever burn in the hearts of those they save. Matthew Burchett will burn in the hearts of us all!
Trevor Graff
Family
August 19, 2018
My condolences to the Burchett family. Firefighter Matthew Burchett will always be a hero in Lake County. Sorry, so very sorry for your loss of a love one. Matthew Burchett made the ultimate sacrifice, and will forever be remembered as a brave man who helped saved many people lives, and homes. Thank you Matthew, may you fly with the angels.
Rosie Walker
August 19, 2018
With deepest sympathy on loss of your love one. May it bring comfort you to know that he will return to the days of his youthful vigor as promised at Job 33:25.
Melissa Pioneer
August 19, 2018
My sincere thoughts
Jennifer Jones
Student
August 18, 2018
Thank you for your service and your sacrifice in fighting our fight in California. You are a true hero. Condolences to your family. You will be forever in our hearts.
August 18, 2018
Thank you BC Burchett for your service and for your sacrifice in fighting our fight in California. You are a true hero. Condolences to your family. You will be forever in our hearts.
August 18, 2018
To the Burchett family, I am so sorry for your loss. Matt is a hero. After reading his obit I know we need more Matt's in the world. May all your good memories help you thru this very difficult time.
Pam Sheppard
August 18, 2018
Your sacrifice goes beyond what we should expect of another human being. May your family find comfort in your heroism. May God watch over you and your family forever.
Debbie Westwater
August 18, 2018
I never met Matt, but worked with his father, Tom, for many years at the Park City School District. From what I have seen and read, Matt was cut from the same cloth as his dad ... he looked like him and was by all accounts just as wonderful a person. I am so very sorry and understand the pain and hurt first hand. I know that God comforts and sustains in the darkest of times and I pray that Matt's family will have that experience as well.
Sue Thomas
August 18, 2018
I've cried and cried since the news. My heart is broken... I've prayed throughout this fire that no lives be lost. No words can come close to expressing the loss of your hero~ our hero! I don't know you. I didn't know of Draper, Utah before and I've been following the fire department's posts and sharing since the tragedy.... I love you and what Matt did, what all of you did to help a community in their our of need. God Bless you~ My deepest condolences to Battalion Chief Burchett's family, to his friends and to the Draper City Fire Department as well as the community of Draper, Utah. My prayers are with you all during this time.
Sherry Vincent
August 18, 2018
This morning my husband and II were talking about what makes a hero. Battalion Chief Burchett, your name came up.I didn't know you, but as a nurse I have worked with many firefighters. There's just something special about a firefighter. From what I've heard and read about you, Battalion Chief Burchett I know you are a special wonderful person. As a resident of Salt Lake County, I thank you and pray for you perpetual peace.
For your wife and parents and all who love you as a friend and brother, I pray that you are comforted by God, and by the knowledge that you are a shining star of a human being.
For your firefighting family, I hope you too will get peace and comfort over the next days, weeks, months and years. I hope "Matty" stories are told around fire department tables for a very long time.
To Matthew, I beieve you are being held in God's presence, under His sheltering Wings.I hope that you have comfort knowing how many people you have served over the years. Serving others is a gift and an honor, and you haved served us well. There are also many from California who are extending prayers and thanks to you.
Gospeed to you Matthew Burchett. Thank you.
Barbara Jeffries
August 18, 2018
Words cannot express both the heartbreak and the gratitude we have for your sacrifice, as well as the sacrifice of your family. You are forever etched in Mendocino County history as a true hero. Godspeed, Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett!
Kathleen Dysert
August 18, 2018
To Tom , Rose , Heather and extended family.Words will never be adequate to express our heart felt sorrow for your loss. The obituary is so beautify written, bought tears to my eyes and smiles. His legacy will live on in all who's lives he touched. Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this unimaginable difficult time. Sam and Marion
Marion McMichael
August 18, 2018
I forgot to tell you that when I saw your son's picture, I knew immediately he was your son. Of course he looked just like you Tom, but it was the Velasquez dimples that confirmed everything. His spirit lives on in all of you.
Jan ONeill
August 18, 2018
I forgot to tell you that when I saw Matt's picture in the paper, I knew immediately he was your son. Of course the name Burchett got my attention, and when I saw his face, he looked just like you Tom, but the sure clincher was the Velazques dimples. His spirit lives on in all of you. Jan O'Neill
Jan ONeill
August 18, 2018
Dear Tom and Rose, Thinking of you and your dear ones in this grievous time. Your son is beautiful. Janet Taylor O'Neill (Elaine's old buddy)
Jan ONeill
August 18, 2018
What an amazing kind and generous young man. Sad to see such a lovely human go see early. I guess God has another plan for him. Thank you for showing the world the definition of a beautiful human. You impressed me Matt. Thank you for your smile and words last month. You will be missed. To the family, very neat obituary. Well done to all.
Keep up the good work Matt. Your job isn't quite finished yet. Take care of your beautiful family from above. They will be listening. ❤
Brandon Bickmore
August 18, 2018
"FINAL ALARM"
Rest now my fallen brother
Lay soft your suffering back
Rest well and forever
Your memory shall not lack
Rest your tired hands
Wipe clean your weary brow
Rest with St. Florian
Your spirit now endowed
Rest here your breaking heart
We know you gave your all
Rest easy, you've done your part
and now you've answered your last call
Rest knowing that in God we sought
Oh lord, watch over another who just fell
Rest assured your troubled thought
As we ring the final bell.
Dennis McKone
August 18, 2018
Sending so many prayers and much love to our old St. Lawrence family.
Congino Family
August 18, 2018
To the Burchett Family- I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your Son and Brother. I have spent some time this week, remembering some of the times I spent at your house as a kid. You were such a great example to me and were always so kind to me. My heart aches for your sweet family. Please give Monica a hug for me. Love always, Brooke Guymon Doton
Brooke Dotson
Friend
August 18, 2018
What a very touching obituary I do not know him and I do not know the family but I do want to say he sounded like a very great person I give my thanks to him for what he has done for us in fighting the fires and and everything else he has done God bless his family and may the Perpetual light shine upon him may he rest in peace
Ranee Sanchez
August 18, 2018
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. My husband and I live in NW Montana in a forested area. Too many times we have had wild fires in our area. To us, fire fighters are angels on earth. It saddens me any time a fire fighter loses his life trying to protect others. We actually just sold our house in SLC to move to Montana 2 weeks ago, so your loss is special to us.
Marlene Foard
August 18, 2018
Dearest Burchett Family,
My heart aches for all of you. Matt, Rose, and Tom were a huge part of my childhood at St. Lawrence. Your family worked hard to give the rural Catholic kids a place to connect, have fun, and be inspired.

Matt had a quiet, cool confidence and an adorable smile. How could I not have a crush on him? I haven't seen Matt or your family in years but you will always hold a special place in my heart and my memories.

Sending your family love, light, hugs, and lots of prayers.
Stephanie Atkinson Clark
August 18, 2018
The Mark Barber family sends their love and prayers to the Burchett family and thank you for Matt's service and sacrifice for all of us.
Peggy Barber
August 18, 2018
Thank you for saving so many people and there homes here in Mendocino and lake county we will never forget the sacrifices you made to keep everyone safe. Rest In Peace..
Leif Chilson
August 18, 2018
We here in Mendocino county were fortunate to have benefitted from your bravery during this frightening fire. Your family, friends, and fire family are feeling enormous loss. There are not enough words to express our gratitude, appreciation and heartbreak for you and your family. Our hearts go out to your family and wish you God speed.
Mandi Hamilton
August 18, 2018
Love and hugs for all of you. While I didn't know Matt personally I certainly send my deepest condolences and greatly appreciate all of his service. May you have peace and know you are loved.
Ninzel Rasmuson
August 18, 2018
Burchett Family,
Our hearts are heavy for you with your loss. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love,
Matt, Dale and Nicole Clark
Matt Clark
August 18, 2018
Sending my most sincere condolences to the Burchett family, including his crew.
I would like to say thank you Battalion Chief Burchett. Thank you for your brave heart. Thank you for rushing in where others rush out. Thank you for your dedication and sacrifice. Your service will not be forgotten. We as a community are extremely grateful to you and to your crew. Thank you for protecting us.
My continued prayers to Chief Burchetts family and to the crews still on the line.
Jessica Waggoner
Friend
August 17, 2018
My deepest condolences go out to the loved ones of this brave hero that helped our county fight these crazy fires. It means so much too everyone and deeply sadden by the news of this tragedy. I hope you can find comfort after this horrible news. My family will honor your wishes and get outside more. Again thank you for all that you did. You seemed like a true hero!!
Samantha
August 17, 2018
I am deeply sorry for you loss. I come from a long line of firefighters. My Dad as a Capt,my brother just retired as a Capt and my nephew all worked for unified and knew Matt. My hometown is Draper .This call to his heavenly home,is difficult to comprehend or understand. Someone loved and cherished him so much, just doesn't make any sense. My heart is with you and your family. I've been told God only takes the best...I guess in this case, he did get the best. May you be comfortabled knowing he was doing what he loved. He loved his family more, he just happened to be an amazing husband,father and brother to a really big family . Thank youRest in Peace my friend~God speed~
Tracy Andrus King-Swensen
August 17, 2018
Dear Mr. Burchett and fire department family, immediate family, and friends: My deepest condolences go out to all of you during this difficult time of all of your lives. I've always had high respect for firefighters, etc. You all are amazingly wonderful! Im very sorry for all of your loss.. My heart aches, and I'm deeply saddened..my thoughts and prayers are with everyone who knew this wonderful man..a true hero! So are all the other firefighters out there. God bless all of you..keep watch over your immediate family, FD family and friends from above. Heaven gained a wonderful hero. Hugs to you all.
Amy G
August 17, 2018
So sorry for your loss! I know MATT was a great person. I had the privilege of having him on a ride-along with AirMED. We were called to a delivery of 28 week twins and with Matt's help the resuscitation would not have gone as well. He jumped right in to help and the twins did well! You will be missed by your wonderful family! I wish I could take away the hurt they are surely feeling at the time! Rest In Peace!
August 17, 2018
Dearest Matt, My heart is full of sadness and I am in disbelief that this has happened to you. Every time I see your picture or read your name I have to look twice to see that it really is you. I am one of the lucky ones who got to know you so well. When everyone says what a great man you are, I feel blessed that I got to experience that and it is so very true. There is not a kinder soul. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Godspeed my friend.
Angie
August 17, 2018
I had the honor of working with and getting to know Matt while working the same fire line at the Ranch Fire. He was clearly a great leader to the firefighters in his task force. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family, his fellow firefighters and to all of those he has left behind.
Mike Gerken
August 17, 2018
Dear Burchett Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your son, husband, and father. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Susan Wrathall
August 17, 2018
'' All gave some....Some gave All '' Thank you my friend R.I.P. Matthew ^i^
Gary Mills
Friend
August 17, 2018
Chief Matthew Burchett, thank you for coming to our county to help save our homes and families.We will be forever grateful to you and your brothers and sisters. Love and prayers to your family and friends.
Betty Johnston
August 17, 2018
Susan Abbruzzese and family
August 17, 2018
Thank you,sir, for caring so much for people you didn't know that you came to California to aid in fighting the fires in Mendocino County. That your selflessness cost you your life, is absolutely heartbreaking. My condolences to your family and friends for your loss of this hero.
Susi Zatkoff
August 17, 2018
Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, you are appreciated beyond all words. You will live on forever in the hearts of Mendocino and Lake Counties. Fly with the angels brave Fire Warrior. ❣
Candy Jacomella-Blass
Acquaintance
August 17, 2018
Love and prayers to the Burchett Family...❤❤❤
Cindy Roberts
August 17, 2018
He was brave firemen you love to help people in trouble.and hero to is family and friends God bless your family
Scotty Foy
Acquaintance
August 17, 2018
From Mendocino County, Northern California I would like to thank you for your service. I thank you for sharing your service with us here at the Mendocino Complex Fire ❤ You will never be forgotten, you will forever be loved by all....... Lots of love to Matt's family!
Debbie Christensen
August 17, 2018
R.I.P kind sir..thank you for your services here in Mendocino county! ❤
Michele Loomis
August 17, 2018
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

He will always be remembered as a hero who came to help those in need. Thank you for service.
Briana Miranda
Acquaintance
August 17, 2018
Rest In Peace. Rest In Love, my friend.
Beverly Brown
August 17, 2018
MATT, THE 4 YEARS WE WORKED TOGETHER FIGHTING WILDFIRE CHANGED MY LIFE. THANK YOU FOR ALWAYS WATCHING OVER OUR CREW. MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO NEW YOU BETTER THAN I. YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.
BENJAMIN LUTZ
August 17, 2018
Matt, you were certainly an amazing individual and I wish I would have known you before this tragic accident. Thank you for your bravery and following your passion to fight fires. I will never forget your sacrifice and have undying gratitude toward you and your family.
Lindy Keilson
August 17, 2018
Carol Jenson
August 17, 2018
Thank you for coming to our county and helping fight our fire. Our thoughts are with your family and friends. RIP
Roberta Marcott
August 17, 2018
Dearest Burchett Family, My heart and sympathies go out to you in this sorrowful time. I am so sorry for this loss, it is such a huge tragedy and truly a loss for all of us. Know that there are many holding you all in our hearts.
Ellen Mitchell
August 17, 2018
I am sorry for your loss! My prayers to your family and friends. Thank you so much for the service you gave, and the sacrifice for keeping us save! God bless you! Matthew Burchett
August 17, 2018
He is a great man. Worked for him in California in december. I'm so sorry for the loss of such a great man.
Jason Kava
Acquaintance
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