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Florida Wildfires: State rallies around firefighters killed

4:06 PM, Jun 23, 2011   |    comments
  • Brett Fulton funeral to be held Saturday in Lake City
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Pictures: Wildfire smoke in Jacksonville, South Georgia

Tallahassee, Florida - Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam says his agency is rallying behind the families of two firefighters killed in a wildfire this week. 

Putnam met with the families of Brett Fulton and Josh Burch on Tuesday.

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The firefighters were operating bulldozers at the front lines of the Blue Ribbon Fire in Hamilton County when the flames suddenly shifted direction on Monday.

Putnam describes the men's families as strong and he says they are relying on their faith right now.

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"They're surrounded by a loving community. These firefighters came up together. There's a lot of other connections in that community among these firefighters and so that support network will be there for them through the very painful months and years ahead when a son, a daughter, a grandchild have lost their father, their brother, their grandfather, their husband. The Department of Agriculture is a family and all of us are rallying behind these families and they're being lifted by prayers from across the state and across the nation right now."

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Fulton and Burch had both been firefighters for 10 years with the Division of Forestry.

Fulton is survived by his wife and two grown children, while Burch is survived by a wife and two young sons.

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Dave Heller, First Coast News

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