Thirteen years ago today, on July 21st, 2007, our District (Contra Costa County Fire Protection District) tragically lost two of our finest.
Captain Matt Burton and Engineer Scott Desmond died in the line of duty, giving their lives in an effort to save the lives of an elderly couple in a house fire not far from their station, Fire Station 70, in San Pablo.
Although it has been 13 years since Matt and Scott made the ultimate sacrifice, their memory is etched in the hearts and souls of every Con Fire member. While we cannot bring them back, we honor them every day by ensuring we remember the lessons learned on that fateful day.
This week, we will engage in a number of activities, including a safety stand down across the District to review the incident and ensure its lessons are learned, observed and not forgotten.
We will also make a District-wide radio “ring down” at 8 a.m. this morning followed by a moment of silence. A copy of the radio message text is pictured below.
Residents wishing to listen to Matt and Scott’s radio call can do so by logging on to the the “Scanner Radio” app on their smart device and selecting “Contra Costa County Fire Protection District.”
Following the radio message, at 9 a.m., we will conduct a brief remembrance at our Memorial Wall. The brief ceremony will be livestreamed on our District Facebook page.
Flags will fly at half-staff at all our facilities as a public memory of our loss on July 21st.