Matthew Burton, Fire Captain

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.

Matt started his career with the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District In 1997,spending almost all ten of his year at Station 81. He was promoted to Engineer in 2002 and became a Captain in February 2007. Matt was a man who was dedicated to everything that is important in life; family, friends, and his work. He was a boy who idolized his father, a son who brought joy to his mother and a loving brother. He was a friend who would go to battle for you without question or hesitation and was genuine to every person he met. Above all else, he was a compassionate husband and loving father who cherished his family with every ounce of his being. He lived with purpose, playfulness and a smile that will never be forgotten. (Submitted by the Burton Family for the 2008 Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial).