[UPDATE] Funeral Arrangements Set for Fallen Firefighters

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

[UPDATE] 6-23 2:19am

Funeral Services For Fire Fighter Joshua O. Burch
Friday, June 24th,10am

Joshua O. Burch was a 10 year veteran of the Florida Division of Forestry. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

A visitation for Joshua Burch will be held on Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Gateway Funeral Home,3596 S. US Highway 441, Lake City, Florida 32025-0300 , (386) 752-1954.

The funeral service will be held on Friday, June 24, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Central Church, 217 Dyal Road, Lake City, Florida 32024, (386) 755-2525.

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Funeral Services For Fire Fighter Brett L. Fulton
Saturday, June 25th, 10am

Brett L. Fulton was a 12 year veteran of the Florida Division of Forestry. He leaves behind a wife and two children.

A visitation for Brett Fulton will be held on Friday from 6pm-8pm at Dees-Parrish Family Funeral Home, 458 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, FL, (386) 752-2211.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 25, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. at Christ Central Church, 217 Dyal Road, Lake City, Florida 32024, (386) 755-2525.

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[UPDATE] 6-21 10:30am - JASPER, Fla. (AP) --

Officials say two state forest rangers died and two others were injured fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in north Florida.

The deaths occurred Monday in Hamilton County. A Department of
Agriculture spokesman says the dead rangers were 31-year-old Josh
Burch of Lake City and 52-year-old Brett Fulton of White Springs.

Officials say the injured rangers suffered smoke- and
heat-related injuries. They were treated and released from
hospitals in Lake City and Gainesville.

The Blue Ribbon Fire started June 16 and was declared contained.
Dry conditions allowed the fire to flare up again Monday.

Gov. Rick Scott told CBS' "The Early Show" on Tuesday that
relief may be in sight for firefighters as rain is expected this
week.

Firefighters have fought more than 1,500 wildfires in the state
since May 1.

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[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL – June 21, 2011 6:20am

Two firefighters of the Division of Forestry at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were killed Monday while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County. Names will be released once family members are properly informed.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the two courageous men who sacrificed their lives for the safety of others,” said Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam. “We can rebuild the structures and restore the land, but the lives of these two heroes can never be replaced.”

Two other Division of Forestry firefighters were injured today while fighting the same wildfire. One was treated for smoke and heat-related injuries and released from a Lake City hospital. Another firefighter was treated for smoke-related injuries and released from Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

The Blue Ribbon Fire started on June 16, 2011. The fire had had previously been declared contained, but recent extreme fire weather caused the fire to flare up again Monday. The local field unit has been actively working the fire since Monday afternoon.

Florida’s dry weather since the beginning of May has caused extreme fire activity. Since May 1, the Department’s Division of Forestry has battled more than 1,500 wildfires that have burned nearly 200,000 acres across the state, making it one of the busiest wildfire years in recent history.

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Tallahassee, FL -

Two firefighters of the Division of Forestry at the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were injured today while fighting the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County. One firefighter is currently being evaluated at Shands Hospital in Gainesville for smoke-related injuries. Another firefighter was treated for smoke and heat-related injuries and released from Lake City Hospital this evening. There have been reports of additional injuries, which are continuing to be investigated by on scene personnel, including the Office of Agricultural Law Enforcement.

The Blue Ribbon Fire started on June 16, 2011. It had been declared contained, but recent extreme fire weather caused the fire to flare up again today. The local field unit has been actively working the fire since this afternoon.

Florida’s extremely dry weather since the beginning of May has resulted in extremely dangerous fire activity. Since May 1, the Department’s Division of Forestry has battled more than 1,500 wildfires that have burned nearly 200,000 acres across the state, making it one of the busiest wildfire years in recent history.


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