Flags to fly at half-staff in honor of fallen firefighter

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 8, 2018 3:54 PM

FILE PHOTO: The Pennsylvania state flag flies at half staff over the Capitol. (AP Photo/Marc Levy)

(Philadelphia) -- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of a Philadelphia firefighter was fatally injured when a burning row home collapsed.

Lieutenant Matthew LeTourneau was pulled from the home Saturday by fellow firefighters and taken to Temple University hospital. The 11-year-veteran was pronounced dead there a short time later.

A person who lived in the home was also killed in the fire. Two other firefighters were treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

The tribute to LeTourneau will begin Tuesday and continue until Saturday. The order issued Monday covers flags being flown at the Capitol complex and all commonwealth facilities.

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