Hundreds of friends, family and firefighters took time Friday to mourn the loss of 31 year old Josh Burch. Burch and his coworker Brett Fulton died Monday fighting a wildfire in Hamilton County.
Their deaths are sending shock waves of sorrow through the firefighting community.
And inside the sanctuary, it was standing room only as nearly one thousand friends, family, and coworkers remembered Josh as a father, husband and firefighter. But the one thing he will ultimately be remembered as is a hero.
A flag-draped coffin carried the fallen firefighter to his final resting place. Bagpipes played. People cried.
Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam thanked Josh’s family for his service.
“He leaves a rich legacy of his calling of his firefighting that all these other men and women in uniform will continue to affirm with their work everyday,” said Putnam.
As hundreds of firefighters gave a final farewell to one of their own, thousands more continue to risk their lives, battling 350-thousand acres of Florida wildfires. The funeral for Brett Fulton, the other firefighter who died Monday, will be held tomorrow in Lake City at 10:00.