[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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  • by Anonymous Location: Tallahassee on Jun 22, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    I knew one of the firefighters personally and he was an amazing man, father, husband, and friend. These men risk their lives everyday for us. Please give the families the respect they deserve by not adding your political opinions. This story is about our heros!
  • by Former DOF Firefighter Location: Mayo on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:36 PM
    I can not stand back and not reply to this. People wake up! Two DOF Wildland Firefighters were killed in the line of duty protecting you and me. They paid the ultimate sacrifice with their life. Have some compation for the families of the men that are true heroes. Keep the families in your prayers. My heart and prayers go out to these families. I am a former DOF Wildlandfire Fighter, I know the men personaly. These men work hard and are true heroes. Enough about all the pay and other stuff. IT Doesn't BELONG HERE. This is a tragedy for the fireservice they lost 2 brother firefghters. Pray for them all and remember the familys in your prays. And remeber the 2 Wildland Firefighters that were injured in your prayers as they recover from injuries. Thank you brothers; you will truly be missed.
  • by Commonsense Location: Tallahassee on Jun 21, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    My thoughts and prayers are with the families of these honorable men. I hope Gov. Scott will see the sacrifice these guys made, and will come to understand why our Fire fighters, Police Officers, and EMTs deserve their Special Risk retirement (ie. allowed to retire a few years earlier than other state workers). These guys should not be forced to do that type of work at 60 years of age.
  • by terrible on Jun 21, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    This story has gone national just google. I hope the families left behind will get the help they need to carry on. Prayers to the families and friends left behind of these loved ones. May God supply all your needs and comfort each one. God bless these fallen heroes. These men will not be forgotten. I know there are many men and women on the frontlines continuing the battle to stop these wildfires across the nation and may God bless each one.
  • by Ru on Jun 21, 2011 at 04:27 PM
    It is with great sadness that i learned of 2 fallen brothers. I cannot imagine the sorrow the families are enduring at this time. It will be a scar that they will have for the rest of their time. I was proud to have been a Division employee and stuggled for 30 years to feed my family, I cannot see how they are able to do it with the present pay and benefit package. These FIREFIGHTERS deserve not only our gratitude but also a liveable wage. The fire science that they have to master is equivalent to any BA in any field. The Division of Forestry is charger by law to do 3 things preveent, detect and suppress wildfire. This charge supercedes all the other things that may come to pass. Lets not cut them to the point that they will not be able to keep trained people and have the best equipment to do the inherently dangerous work they do. I too have stood the gap but never faced the economic woes they manage. As a taxpayer and Wildland Firefighter I simply ask our Legislative Branch to stepup and do what is right and needful. My prayers are offered up for these fallen heroes as well as my gratitude.
  • by Delusional Obama Sheep on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    It IS all Rick Scott's fault.
  • by brenda Location: brooksville on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:11 PM
    my heart goes out to the families . I worked w DOF for 5 years and know one of the rangers. I was married to a firefighter and know first hand how much they love their job.I will close by sending my prayers to all the families and their DOF family as well
  • by Medicine Man Location: Sopchoppy on Jun 21, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    I bet it killed Richard that he was on TV and couldn't tell everyone how great a job he's doing and how few jobs he's created. Or did he? I didn't watch, but I wouldn't put it past him. I am putting a check in the mail today to the firefighters widows and encourage you to do the same.
  • by sad Location: tally on Jun 21, 2011 at 01:20 PM
    prayers go out to the families I think the state needs to look at what they pay these guys I just looked up there salaries and neather one of these guy made more then $30000 the state need to look at what they do and look at the price they payed to protect us
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      by Another State Worker on Jun 21, 2011 at 05:48 PM in reply to sad
      When I addressed my post to Mr. CEO Scott about his "penny wise, dollar foolish" treatment of state workers, it was immediately twisted by his well-trained minions. As TALLYGIRL said, a bigger salary would not have saved their life. But don’t force a skeleton crew of brave people to work until 60 to earn retirement… hire more. THAT may save lives. Problem is, Mr. CEO Scott doesn't give a rat's rear end about his people, Florida, or the constitution (until it's time to plead the 5th).
  • by MARCI Location: TALLAHASSEE on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    LOVE YOU UNCLE BRETT!!!
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