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Pennsylvania governor orders flags to fly at half-staff in honor of three firefighters killed in line of duty

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Deb Kiner


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.

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.

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