2 Florida forest rangers killed in blaze mourned

June 26, 2011 - 11:45 AM

LAKE CITY, Fla. (AP) — Firefighters across Florida were among more than 1,000 mourners attending funeral services for two forest rangers killed while fighting a wildfire in north Florida.

Josh Burch and Brett Fulton died Monday in Hamilton County. They were using bulldozers to contain a 12-acre blaze that suddenly flared up.

Two Florida Division of Forestry helicopters flew overhead during the services held Friday and Saturday in Lake City. It's the first time since 2000 that a forestry division employee has died fighting a wildfire.

Many public service workers had a black ribbon pinned to their shirts. American flags decorated both funerals, some hanging off fire truck ladders parked outside the churches. Flags at the Florida Capitol and in Hamilton County were flown at half-mast.