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Flags lowered for fallen firefighter

Friday, Oct. 18, 2013

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today ordered U.S. flags on all state buildings and within the state Capitol Complex to be lowered to half-staff in honor of Fire Chief John Allison, of Custer.

Allison passed away Oct. 14 from complications of injuries suffered in the line of duty on Oct. 7. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Cornerstone Baptist Church, located at 121 Nelson Rd. in Ludington. Visitation will be from 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the church.

“Chief John Allison was a dedicated professional who loved what he did and those with whom he worked and protected,” Snyder said. “His family, friends, colleagues and the community he served are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

Allison also served as assistant chief of the Mason County Rural Fire Authority Chief’s Association. He was a lifelong farmer, working with his father and family, and a member of the Scottville United Methodist Church.

Flags should be returned to full-staff after Allison’s funeral service.

When flown at half-staff or half-mast, the U. S. flag should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff or half-mast position. The flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.  

This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2006-10.