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UPDATE: Services set for longtime SFM employee

Posted at 9:39 PM, Sep 20, 2020

Services will be Tuesday for a longtime employee of the Louisiana Office of State Fire Marshal and Acadiana native who died this weekend.

Lt. Chris Burleigh was only 45 years old when he died after a lengthy illness. Visitation will be held for the public from 10:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas. A Rosary service will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the funeral home with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. For additional details, you can read his obituary here.

The services were announced by the Fire Marshal in a Facebook post:

"The State Fire Marshal family would like to express its appreciation to all who have offered kind words and condolences following the passing of Lt. Chris Burleigh," the post states. "Funeral arrangements have been announced for this coming Tuesday, September 22."

Here's the post:

According to the SFM, Lt. Burleigh spent a total of 14 years with the agency, first as a supervisor in the Acadiana area, where he was from, and later as an integral part of the training and education division. He developed and hosted classes for SFM deputies, staff, and outside first responder agencies and individuals with the life safety and property industry.

Lt. Burleigh also was involved in Operation Save-A-Life, a program dedicated to installing free smoke alarms across Louisiana. The SFM said he "took pride" in the effort.

"Chris' dedication to the SFM, and the public it serves, as well as his flair for life, will be greatly missed," reads a post by the office on Facebook. "Please join us in holding Chris and his loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

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