Fallen IID diver remembered


IMPERIAL, Calif. - Friends and loved ones came together to celebrate the life of the Imperial Irrigation District diver who lost his life during an emergency call.

Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan Burnworth lost his life after responding to an emergency call. Burnworth died doing what he loved most, helping others. 

Holtville Fire Chief Alex Silva who knew Burnworth, since he was a child, said, "That's the part of the job that we've taken and we try to instill that into our personnel. Take life. Every day take it as it's precious. Like your last day."

Jonny B., as he was known, always led by example.

Silva added, " He encouraged his crew to do their best and be safe. He's always the first one and last one to leave. I know it's kind of cliché but he was the guy who would do that."

He is remembered as someone who was dedicated.

Victor Lopez, of IID General Service, said Burnworth, "...was a family guy. He put in a 110 percent at home and 110 percent on the job. Whatever he was doing. "

More importantly, he touched the lives of everyone he knew. 

Burnworth's brother, Erick said, "Oh he would lighten the room up. He could make anybody in the room laugh. He didn't have any enemies. And everybody enjoyed him around. And they loved him."

Erick added, "With everybody here, the turnout. Just how much he meant to everybody. It's just overwhelming. I'm so thankful for it. And he would've loved this."

Jonathan Burnworth is survived by his wife Katie and their two children.

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