Half-Staff Alert for June 20, 2017
For Michigan
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, June 21, on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Comstock Township Fire Chief Edward Switalski, who died Tuesday, June 13, while on duty.

“Chief Switalski was a dedicated firefighter who will be remembered for his commitment and dedication to his community. I send my most heartfelt condolences to his friends, family and community during this difficult time,” Snyder said.

Switalski worked at Pleasantview Fire District outside of Chicago for 34 years before he became the Comstock Township Fire Chief in 2013. He was involved in numerous organizations and served as chairman of the congregation at Peace Lutheran Church in Illinois. He enjoyed boating, fishing and spending time with his family.

A service in his honor will be held Wednesday, June 21 at noon at the Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.

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 Thursday, June 22.

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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