Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the state flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of three firefighters that died in the line of duty this week.
The governor’s office said Kurt Keilhofer of Mapleton Fire Department in Huntingdon County, died on Tuesday, Dec. 6, when he was struck and killed while responding to a vehicle accident in Union Twp.
Marvin Gruber and Zachary Paris of the New Tripoli Fire Department in Lehigh County died yesterday, Dec. 7, after they became trapped in a burning house in West Penn Twp. near Tamaqua in Schuylkill County.
Still an active scene here on Clamtown Road in West Penn Township after a deadly fire took place at a home yesterday. Fire officials are here pumping out water from the basement. Stay with us as we learn more from state police’s investigation. @wbrewyou pic.twitter.com/TysCtpUyKB— Sydney Kostus (@sydneykostustv) December 8, 2022
Flags will remain at half-staff at all state facilities until the time of burial.
The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute, the governor’s office said.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, Wolf had ordered state flags at the Capitol Complex and at all commonwealth facilities in Berks County be flown at half-staff to honor Berks County Court of Common Pleas Judge Paul M. Yatron who died on that day.
Yesterday, Wolf and President Joe Biden had ordered state and federal flags to fly at half-staff until sunset in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.