Half-Staff Alert for December 8, 2015
For Michigan Only


LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags be lowered to half-staff within the State Capitol Complex and on all state buildings on Tuesday, December 8 in honor of fallen Detroit firefighter, Captain Walter Szelag, who died Friday, November 20.

"It is with deep sadness that we mourn the loss of our second Detroit Firefighter in recent days," Snyder said. "Walter volunteered to put his life at risk to protect his community every day, and for that we will always be grateful. I extend my deepest condolences to Walter's family, friends, and fellow Detroit firefighters."

Szelag, 65, was an 18-year veteran of the Detroit Fire Department. He served as fireboat pilot and also worked as a pilot on the Detroit River Princess. Szelag was a lifelong Detroit resident and is survived by his mother, Helen.

A service and visitation was held Saturday, December 5 at Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Detroit. This flag order is in accordance with Executive Order 2013-10. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments and other organizations are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff. Flags should be returned to full-staff on Tuesday, December 1.

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.






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