The Contra Costa County Fire Protection District will hold a public ceremony on Saturday, July 21st at 9:30 am to remember and honor all of those of our Fire District family lost in the line of duty that are commemorated on the memorial wall at the Training Division at 2945 Treat Blvd. in Concord.
The memorial wall contains the names of 16 firefighters lost in the line of duty in the Fire District since 1969. Those individuals identified on our memorial wall were committed to serving our citizens unselfishly and ultimately they gave their lives to the pursuit of public safety for their community.
This July 21st marks the fifth anniversary of the line of duty deaths of Captain Matt Burton and Engineer Scott Desmond in a residential structure fire on Michele Drive in unincorporated San Pablo. Both firefighters were fighting a house fire and actively involved in an interior search for two elderly residents of the home when they lost their lives to a phenomenon known as “flashover.” The two residents of the home also perished in the fire.
The ceremony will include several speakers, the Contra Costa County Professional Firefighters Local 1230 Honor Guard, as well as access to the memorial rose garden at the facility.
The event is open to members of the public.
I spoke to Vince Wells upon reading the announcement and he had the following to add to this.
“It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. It still hurts and our department is still trying to recover from losing them, ” said Vince Wells. “After their deaths, we did everything to prepare for their memorial. After that, the wall was inspired by the death five years ago, but we wanted to acknowledge everyone on the wall and their families. Names have been added of those who died previous and after their deaths.”
LEWIS BROSCHARD, FIRE MARSHAL/PIO