Firefighter Laid to Rest

By: Whitney Ray Email
By: Whitney Ray Email

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.

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  • by DAN HUNTER Location: Marianna on Jun 25, 2011 at 07:32 AM
    This brings back memories of David Williams' funeral. LODD in Perry Fl, 1997 fighting a greenhouse fire. The effects of this line of duty death will have a lasting impact on his co-workers that no one will understand except for those that were there.
  • by anon1 on Jun 24, 2011 at 05:15 PM
    God Bless these brave men.
  • by Angie Location: valdosta ga on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:21 PM
    I wanted to say im so sorry for the lost of these firefighters it is just soo sad I hope they both rest in peace and my prayers are with the Families..
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