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Governor Whitmer Lowers Flags for Fallen Firefighters


September 17, 2021  



Governor Whitmer Lowers Flags for Fallen Firefighters 

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Whitmer has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff throughout the state of Michigan on Saturday, September 18 to honor the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of duty in 2020 and 2021, including those who have died of COVID-19. The flag honors will coincide with the Michigan Fireman's Memorial Festival.


"Michigan's firefighters courageously put their life on the line each and every day to serve our communities," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "The selflessness and dedication of these heroes do not go unnoticed especially as they worked to protect our state throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As we remember these fallen heroes, my thoughts and prayers are with their loved ones." 


The State of Michigan recognizes the duty, honor, and selfless service of these fallen firefighters by lowering flags to half-staff. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff.   


To lower flags to half-staff, flags should be hoisted first to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The process is reversed before the flag is lowered for the day.   


Flags should remain lowered on Sunday, September 19 to recognize former Staff Sergeant Natalie Barajas. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Monday, September 20.  


A list of recognized firefighters can be found here:  


Name: Benjamin K. Lauren

Rank: Firefighter

Fire Department: Forsyth Township Fire Department

Date of LODD: 3/13/2020


Name: Franklin D. Williams, Jr. 

Rank: Captain

Fire Department: Detroit Fire Department

Date of LODD: 4/8/2020


Name: Steven Splan

Rank: Public Safety Officer/Firefighter
Fire Department: Bloomfield Hills Department of Public Safety

Date of LODD: 8/2/2020


Name: Joseph Michael Liedel

Rank: Capt./Firefighter
Fire Department: Monroe Charter Twp. Fire Department

Date of LODD: 8/23/2020


Name: Joseph Todd Gallo

Rank: Capt./Firefighter

Fire Department: Blissfield Twp. Fire Department

Date of LODD: 11/17/2020


Name: Michael Buitendorp

Rank: Firefighter

Fire Department: Grant Twp. Fire Department

Date of LODD: 11/18/2020


Name: Roland Brooks

Rank: Fire Chief

Fire Department: Grant Twp. Fire Department

Date of LODD: 12/20/2020


Name: Jeff Brozich

Rank: Captain

Fire Department: Madison Heights Fire Department

Date of LODD: 3/1/2021