Thursday, July 26, 2007

A Celebration of Life - Contra Costa firefighters Memorial services


Update Press Release

Firefighters honored this Friday

To be on time, arrive by 9”

A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held for firefighters Matt Burton and Scott Desmond at 11:00 AM on Friday July 27th at the Sleep Train Pavilion, 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA 94521.

The public is asked to arrive by 9 a.m. for general seating. The service will begin at 11:00 am.

The ceremony will be preceded by an apparatus procession to the site involving over 100 fire departments.

Vehicles outside the Pavilion when the fire department procession arrives at approximately 9 am will not be able to enter until at least 10 am due to road closures.

This is a dynamic situation, but sometime after 10 am the entrance to the Pavilion should re open for civilian vehicles to enter.

Captain Matt Burton and Engineer Scott Desmond, died early Saturday morning while attempting to rescue two people from a destructive house fire in San Pablo.

Maps, procession details, and program information will be posted at: and

CONTACT: Battalion Chief Dave George

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District


LODD - A Celebration of Life - Contra Costa firefighters Memorial services

Contra Costa County Fire Protection District

Line of Duty Deaths

Fire Captain Matt C. Burton, 34 12-27-1972 - 7-21-2007

2-16-1970 - 7-21-2007

A Celebration of Life

A Celebration of Life honoring the memory of Captain Burton and Engineer Desmond is set for Friday, July 27th in Concord. The memorial with full firefighter honors will be held at the Concord's Sleeptrain Pavilion on Friday, July 27, 2007.

An apparatus procession (fire engines) begins at 8:30 a.m. from Sunvalley Mall. Intersections along the procession route will be closed as more than 100 engines from the Bay Area and California pass through city streets to the Pavilion, arriving there at 10 a.m.

The service will begin at 11:00am. and attendees are asked to arrive and be seated by 9:00 a.m.

Sunvalley Mall is at One Sunvalley Mall Concord, CA 94520. Sleeptrain Pavilion at Concord is at 2000 Kirker Pass Road, Concord, CA 94521.

For News Media
News media interested in coverage, a technical walk through us set for Thursday, July 26 at 11 a.m. at the Pavilion backstage. Please contact Battalion Chief Dave George, 925-383-5011, and return here for updates.

Apparatus Procession Information

Fire apparatus (fire trucks, fire engines) from local and out-of-district agencies will proceed to the Concord Pavilion from Sunvalley Mall in Concord starting at 8:30 a.m..

For Fire Service Agencies

Please RSVP to John Viera at, tel. 925-567-6996 with the following information

-- Agency Name and Address

-- Number and type of apparatus

-- Number of personnel

Honor Guards from all agencies are invited to participate in the ceremony. Please bring department or union colors and tools.Honor Guard Contact: Please RSVP to Thomas Jay with Riverside City Firefighters, 951-515-2194 and provide:

-- Agency Name and Address

-- Number of Personnel

Volunteers from fire and law enforcement agencies who wish to offer their assistance may contact Jaad Ajlouny at 707-495-5223. Email:

See more information at California Professional Firefighters.

For Contra Costa County Fire Personnel

All Contra Costa Fire Uniformed Personnel will be seated as a group directly behind the families.Non-uniformed personnel will be in the sections adjacent to our uniformed personnel.

Uniformed personnel will enter the services as a group following the seating of outside agencies. Please remain outside near the front gate until the Contra Costa Fire Procession arrives at approximately 10:15 am.

Please also check e-mail and visit our Intranet site.

For the Families

People who wish to send flowers for the Celebration of Life service should have delivery made to the Concord Pavilion by Thursday, July 26.

Sympathy cards for our fire service family, including Station #70 and the Desmond and Burton can be sent to:

CCCFPD Headquarters, 2010 Geary Road, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

A Memorial Fund has been established to benefit the families of the two fallen firefighters. Contributions can be made to the Local 1230 Widows and Orphans Fund, 112 Blue Ridge Drive, Martinez, CA 94553.

Please return for updated information.

Click on the name of each firefighter above for more information about each.

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