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Fallen Brothers» Matt Burton and Scott Desmond

Matt Burton

Scott Desmond
Line of Duty Death

     Our condolences to the Burton and Desmond families and the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District of California. Fire Captain Matt Burton, 34, and Fire Engineer Scott Desmond, 37, members of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District IAFF Local 1230, died Saturday July 21, 2007. Matt and Scott had responded to a single story residential structure fire in San Pablo with reports of two people trapped. Engine 70ís crew, after finding and assisting in one rescue, continued searching for a second victim. During this rescue effort they became trapped. Despite valiant rescue efforts, two firefighters and the occupants perished as a result of the fire.

     Scott Desmond, an 8 year veteran of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, leaves behind his wife Carolyn, and his son Tyler (17 mos). There will be a procession for Scott on Monday July 23, 2007 11:30AM from Martinez to Brentwood Funeral Home in Brentwood.

     Matt Burton, a 10 year veteran of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District, leaves behind his wife Chantel, his daughter Megan Cristina (11), and his son Joshua Matthew (7). There will be a procession for Fire Captain Matt Burton on Monday July 23, 2007 1:00PM from Martinez to Moore Funeral Home in Concord.

     A memorial service will be held for Matt and Scott on Friday July 27, 2007 11AM at Concord's Sleeptrain Pavillion. A memorial fund has been established and donations can be sent to:

Local 1230 Widows & Orphans Fund
112 Blue Ridge Drive
Martinez CA 94553

     The two residents who perished in the fire, Delbert Moore, 67, and his wife, Gayle, 62.

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