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September 17, 2020 Morton’s father posted a photo of his son with the caption “end of watch.”
Morton, 39, a San Diego native, was a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Forest Service and a squad boss with the Big Bear Interagency Hotshot Crew of the San Bernardino National Forest.
Morton died on Sept. 17 while battling the El Dorado Fire about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. He was married and had a daughter.
A funeral procession was held in San Bernadino on Tuesday.


August 14, 2018
42 old Utah father dies fighting California wildfire
Matthew Burchett said goodbye to his wife and 7-year-old son in early August, volunteering to travel with 37 fellow firefighters from Utah to help battle record-setting blazes in California. “These men are American heroes,” Draper Mayor Troy Walker said. “They literally stand in the fire to help other people. I don’t know how you get better than that. I know he was proud to do it. I know all of them are.”
A large American flag flew at half-staff outside the town hall, and smaller American flags were put up lining the sidewalk. Burchett, 42, was one of five Draper firefighters who went to California, Walker said.

Six firefighters have now died in connection with a number of fires burning across California. Three firefighters died by the Carr Fire, the state’s deadliest fire that also killed five others. The other two died fighting a fire near Yosemite National Park.


June 30, 2013
Firefighters attend a candlelight vigil in honor of the 19 fallen firefighters at Prescott High School on July 2, 2013 in Prescott, Ariz. Nineteen members of Arizona’s elite Granite Mountain Hotshots were killed fighting the Yarnell Hill blaze on June 30.
Members of the Granite Mountain Hotshots watch a growing wildfire that later swept over and killed the crew of 19 firefighters near Yarnell, Ariz., on June 30. Firefighter Andrew Ashcraft texted the photo to his wife, Juliann, but died later that day battling the out-of-control blaze.


June 30, 2013
A Ventura County firefighter died in the line of duty while working on the Canyon Fire near Lompoc Wednesday morning. Osler had been with the fire department for 18 years, beginning his career in 1998 as a member of the Ventura County handcrew. After serving for six years as a hired trainee firefighter, Osler was promoted to fire engineer at Fire Station 42 in Moorpark.
“Our collective hearts are broken at the loss of our friend and brother Ryan. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family,” Flags were ordered at half-staff after news of Osler’s death, and mourning bands will be worn on firefighter badges. Osler is survived by his wife and two children.


June 30, 2013
A 21 year-old U.S. Forest Service firefighter became the second first responder to die in…
On July 30, Forest Service firefighter David Ruhl, of Rapid City, S.D., was killed by a wildfire in the Modoc National Forest while he scouted the area for ways to fight the blaze. Ruhl, , had been on temporary assignment since June in California, where he was an assistant fire management officer for the Big Valley Ranger District.
Michael Hallenbeck, of Shingle Springs, Calif., was struck by a tree Saturday afternoon during the initial assault on a wildfire that broke out south of the Echo Summit mountain pass.
“The grief we are feeling at the sudden loss of two of our firefighters … reminds us of the sacrifices these men and women make every day,” Moore said. “Our hearts go out to the family, friends and fellow crewmembers of this brave firefighter,” said Randy Moore, the Forest Service’s Pacific Southwest Regional Forester said. “The loss of any member of our Forest Service family is a tragedy.”

Dec 7, 2011
Firefighter Richard Faust, a co-worker of Anthony Valerio, cries as the casket with Valerio’s body is taken by a medical examiner from San Francisco General Hospital.

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