Contra Costa County Fire
It is with deepest regret and sorrow to report the line-of-duty deaths of two members of IAFF Local 1230 - Contra Costa County, California. Captain Matthew C. Burton, 35, and Engineer Scott P. Desmond, 37 both died on Saturday, July 21, 2007 in a flashover while attempting to rescue two people from a house fire. A Memorial Fund has been established to benefit the families of the two fallen fire fighters. Contributions can be made to the Local 1230 Widows and Orphans Fund, 112 Blue Ridge Drive, Martinez, CA 94553. You can also send condolences and expressions of sympathy to the same address.
From his earliest days, Scott Desmond liked to say that he wanted to be "just like my dad." Throughout his life, he cherished the closeness of family...his own and his extended fire service family. In 1999, he joined the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, was promoted to Fire Engineer in 2002 and had finished in the top third of the most recent Captain's testing. At home, Scott cherished his family life with wife and son. His humor, compassion and sense of fun enveloped and enriched anyone who met him. He loved baseball, playing guitar, music trivia, and playing video games. He was also a big fan of Seinfeld and Star Wars. (Submitted by the Desmond Family for the 2008 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).