Life Of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett Celebrated Monday

Aug 20, 2018, 4:16 PM

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah – The family and friends of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matt Burchett celebrated his life at the Maverick Center Monday before he was buried in Provo.

Burchett died Aug. 13 fighting wildfires in California as part of a Utah firefighting task force.

Burchett worked with the Unified Fire Authority for two decades before taking a job with Draper Fire several months ago to head up its wildland firefighting program. Those who worked with him closely said he left his mark on firefighting in Utah.

“He was a pretty special man,” said Eric Holmes with the Unified Fire Authority.

“He wanted to understand everything. In that process, he never stopped mentoring other people.”

Holmes worked dozens of shifts with Battalion Chief Burchett over the last decade: chasing fires, eating meals at the fire station and sharing thoughts.

His fellow firefighters said Burchett always served above and beyond the call of duty. He put exceptional effort and focus into his work, his family and the people in this community who needed him.

“He’s just one of those guys you looked up to your whole career,” said Holmes.

Most firefighters who worked with him wanted to be like him.

“He was an amazing leader,” said Holmes. “He was an amazing mentor for hundreds of firefighters both on the wildland and structure sides.”

Burchett was a humble leader, Holmes said, who was always a few steps ahead of everyone else.

“He was a good friend,” he said. “He was just an all-around great man.”

On his downtime, the firefighters said, Burchett was still working to be a better firefighter.

“That’s why he was so loved and respected in the fire service,” said Holmes.

Burchett was a driven athlete who, with his brother Dominic, also a firefighter at UFA, challenged the firefighters around them to dig deeper in their workouts.

“They felt strongly that everyone in the fire service should consider themselves a professional athlete of sorts,” said Matthew McFarland, Unified Fire Authority Spokesman.

His firefighting colleagues said Burchett held high expectations for himself and everyone around him that will endure in the fire departments where he served.

“He wanted to understand everything,” said McFarland. “In that process, he never stopped mentoring other people.”

“A loss like this is going to be felt for a really long time,” added Holmes. “There are still people out there right now running calls while we’re here honoring him. That’s what he would’ve wanted.”




KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

FILE: A view of the soon-to-be Delta Center from KSL Broadcast House on May 25, 2023. (Lindsay Aert...

Eliza Pace

SLC to host 39th Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along event

Families can belt out Christmas carols at the 39th Annual Christmas Carol Sing-Along event at the Delta Center Monday evening.

52 minutes ago

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox speaking about the Utah Innovation Fund in the state capitol....

Emma Benson

Utah Innovation Fund invests in local startups to help reach full potential

The new state fund aims to boost university projects to help them reach their full potential.

59 minutes ago

Raising Cane's Logan location (Raising Cane's)...

Eliza Pace

Raising Cane’s to open in Logan near USU

A Raising Cane's restaurant is coming to Cache Valley, not far from Utah State University. 

2 hours ago

A high-speed police chase ended in a crash on Interstate 15 on Dec. 11, 2023. (UDOT)...

Mary Culbertson

High-speed chase ends in crash on busy I-15 in Orem

A high-speed chase caused all lanes of traffic to halt on I-15 Monday morning.

3 hours ago

FILE - A pregnant woman stands for a portrait in Dallas, Thursday, May 18, 2023. On Friday, Aug. 4,...

Britt Johnson, KSL NewsRadio

Closure of SLC birthing center leaves expectant mothers in limbo

Expectant mothers in the Salt Lake area are scrambling for a provider after a birthing center suddenly closed. 

4 hours ago

Watercreek nail salon hate crime. (KSL TV)...

Shelby Lofton

Downtown nail spa broken into, hate speech spray-painted on the wall

The owners of WaterCreek Nails and Spa said a break-in resulted in thousands of dollars worth of damage, but the hate speech left behind made the situation worse.

17 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Users display warnings about the use of artificial intelligence (AI), access to malicious software ...

Les Olson

How to Stay Safe from Cybersecurity Threats

Read our tips for reading for how to respond to rising cybersecurity threats in 2023 and beyond to keep yourself and your company safe.

Design mockup half in white and half in color of luxury house interior with open plan living room a...

Lighting Design

Lighting Design 101: Learn the Basics

These lighting design basics will help you when designing your home, so you can meet both practical and aesthetic needs.

an antler with large horns int he wilderness...

Three Bear Lodge

Yellowstone in the Fall: A Wildlife Spectacle Worth Witnessing

While most people travel to this park in the summer, late fall in Yellowstone provides a wealth of highlights to make a memorable experience.

a diverse group of students raising their hands in a classroom...

Little Orchard Preschool

6 Benefits of Preschool for Kids

Some of the benefits of preschool for kids include developing independence, curiosity, and learning more about the world.

Life Of Draper Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett Celebrated Monday