This weekend, flags in the state of Iowa will fly half-staff.

It's on the orders of Gov. Kim Reynolds who made the proclamation in honor of fallen Clinton firefighter Eric Hosette. Flags at the Capitol and all public buildings will be flown half-staff from this Friday, January 11 to Sunday, January 13. Any individual, business, county, city or municipality with flags on their personal or business property is encouraged to do the same out of respect for Hosette, who died in a silo explosion on January 5.

Reynolds posted a statement on the matter as follows,

This past weekend in Clinton, we lost a courageous firefighter who served with valor and distinction.  As a first responder, Eric put everything on the line to help his community.  We will always remember his sacrifice and the outstanding example of service he left to all Iowans. My prayers go out to his family, friends, and community during this extremely difficult time. 

[Via KWWL]